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susan whyne
updated: 08/15/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Perpetuity series: rotating figure between round table and tomb
Perpetuity series: figure in geometric dress with big purple ribbon wreath
Perpetuity series: magenta figure between table and grave
Perpetuity series: blue table, pink tiled grave
 Perpetuity series: figure on yellow table, w / centerpiece and monument
Perpetuity series: upheaval, glass plate with roses
Perpetuity series: magenta hurricane break
Perpetuity-Wall Flower series:  tourquoise center
Perpetuity Wall Flower series:  orange, white and brown
Perpetuity Wall Flower series:  green with white and gray
 
Portfolio Keywords:  surreal, social criticism, architecture, collage, consumer culture, fantasy, figurative
 
 
Perpetuity series: rotating figure between round table and tomb by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: rotating figure between round table and tomb
gouache / mylar
2008
50 " x  42" 
Perpetuity series: figure in geometric dress with big purple ribbon wreath by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: figure in geometric dress with big purple ribbon wreath
gouache / paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Perpetuity series: magenta figure between table and grave by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: magenta figure between table and grave
gouache / paper
2008
50" x  40" 
Perpetuity series: blue table, pink tiled grave by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: blue table, pink tiled grave
gouache / paper
2007
50" x  38" 
 Perpetuity series: figure on yellow table, w / centerpiece and monument by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: figure on yellow table, w / centerpiece and monument
gouache / mylar
2009
42" x  25" 
Perpetuity series: upheaval, glass plate with roses by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: upheaval, glass plate with roses
gouache / paper
2006
38" x  50" 
Perpetuity series: magenta hurricane break by susan whyne
Perpetuity series: magenta hurricane break
gouache / paper
2007
36" x  48" 
Perpetuity-Wall Flower series:  tourquoise center by susan whyne
Perpetuity-Wall Flower series: tourquoise center
plastic found-object shards
2009
11" x  7"  x 3" 
Perpetuity Wall Flower series:  orange, white and brown  by susan whyne
Perpetuity Wall Flower series: orange, white and brown
plastic, and ceramic found-object shards
2009
14" x  8"  x 3" 
Perpetuity Wall Flower series:  green with white and gray by susan whyne
Perpetuity Wall Flower series: green with white and gray
found-object shards: plastic , ceramic
2009
17" x  12"  x 3" 

Artist Statement
The images included here are from a current body of work called “Perpetuity”. The paintings are scenarios enacting a kind of “memento mori”, reinterpreting actual cemetery architecture and floral bouquets I saw in Oaxaca, Mexico, with domestic furniture and fashion depicted in interior design magazines. The theme of the “transitory” in this series was inspired by actual “homes of the dead”, composed in unique and unexpected ways, stacked above ground like homes with yards, staircases, pillars, towers. In particular, Mexican burial culture is dramatically symbolic and inventive in building and decorating simple concrete gravesites with ordinary home construction materials like kitchen tiles, and leaving elaborate, or simple fresh floral arrangement offerings in remembrance. The imposed figures in the work are between both worlds, holding off the inevitable, or trying to hold on. I superimpose other forms to imply narrative, like cakes, jewelry, carved suns, pouring rain, bringing floods. The whole ensemble brings together that eternal boundary of culture meeting nature, the domain of the living intertwining with the perpetual aging process, breaking down, the looming of the “void”.

The cemeteries I encountered were in various states of disrepair, the chaos of nature upturning the carefully designed graves. I also build “found-object” sculptural forms, sometimes installed in changing ways on walls, table- tops and floors among the paintings.. Individually they are used directly as table centerpieces to hold candy. The small wall pieces are constructed with shards of broken plates, cups, bowls, and vases, referencing floral forms. In homage to catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, which occurred during the start of these works, continuous natural and man-made disasters, fragility and recovery are basic metaphors. In equal balance are images of joy, folly and what makes life worth living.

Artist Bio / CV

BORN:    New York City, New York

EDUCATION:

1974    Masters Degree in Painting, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1970    Teaching Credential, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1968    B.F.A., Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York City
1964    High School of Music and Art, New York City


RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

Since 1977, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Art Department


ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS  

2005      “All Fall Down”,    dBerman Gallery,  Austin TX

2001      “Fancy Plans”,    dBerman Gallery,  Austin TX

1999    “Sitting, Standing, Sleeping, Sinking,”  Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, Texas
    
    "Mondrian's Pleasure Series," Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

1995    "Under the Sun," Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, Texas

1989    Locus Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

    Air Gallery, Austin, Texas

1988    "Susan Whyne:  New Paintings," Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

1987    "Susan Whyne: Recent Paintings," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Perspectives catalogue


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  2005     “At Waters Edge”,   Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria,   Auatin, TX

2005   “Where Were They Then?”,  Art Palace Gallery,  Austin TX

 2004   “On View From The Permanent Collection of Texas Artists, “Maine Picnic, 1986”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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 2002      “Artists to Artists: An Exhibition of works from The Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation”,
Ace Gallery,  New York City, NY

 2001       “Spindletop 2001 Exhibition”, The Dishman Art Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont TX,

 2001      “Drawing”   dBerman Gallery,   Austin TX

2001       “Crossing State Lines”, Texas Art from the Museun of Fine Arts Houston”, MOFA, Houston TX