June 15, 2013

Susan Bee movies


Her game was bright, vivid paintings inspired by film noir stills. She loaded her canvases with swirling Ab-Ex tropes. Casual viewers could take them for cheerful. They’d be wrong. A girl gingerly approaching a man who’s holding a paring knife, a doll slapping a rake in the kisser, two gimlet-eyed dames waiting in a car for trouble—all the color in the world couldn’t stifle the want or the fear in these paintings. That was the point. Look at them, sure, she said, but then drink them in.


Susan Bee, Trouble Ahead, 2012, oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
 Susan Bee, The Slap, 2012, oil and enamel on canvas, 24 x 20 inches.
"Susan Bee: Criss Cross, New Paintings," Accola Griefen Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through June 29, 2013

Image at top of post: Susan Bee, Criss Cross, 2012, oil, enamel and sand on canvas, 24" x 30"

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2 comments:

The paintings are marvelously evocative. I must add that your rendering of the verbal style and tone of film noir is pitch-perfect.

These are excellent! I love the feeling in "Trouble Ahead."

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