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Susan Breitsch
updated: 07/15/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Good Medicine: Prattlingly My Sorrow Speaks Like Trains LongGone
Kelly Green
Treasure Chest
Not Dead
Painter Face
Scaredy Cat
Wave Tier
Puff Girl Dreams with Flaws
Wedding at the Zoo
Nothing to Do with Savagery
Black Mask
Angels and Devils
Pissing to the Right of the Rain
Studio Visit
Tipsey
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, animals, childhood, portraiture, figurative, craft, gender/sexuality, landscape, historical, text
 
 
Good Medicine: Prattlingly My Sorrow Speaks Like Trains LongGone by Susan Breitsch
Good Medicine: Prattlingly My Sorrow Speaks Like Trains LongGone
mixed media
2006
18" x  72"  x 8" 
Kelly Green by Susan Breitsch
Kelly Green
mixed media
2006
28" x  20"  x 8" 
Treasure Chest by Susan Breitsch
Treasure Chest
mixed media
2007
15" x  12"  x 10" 
Not Dead by Susan Breitsch
Not Dead
collage, paint on museum board
2007
13" x  16" 
Painter Face by Susan Breitsch
Painter Face
collage, paint on museum board
2006
13" x  16" 
Scaredy Cat by Susan Breitsch
Scaredy Cat
collage, paint on museum board
2005
16" x  13" 
Wave Tier by Susan Breitsch
Wave Tier
collage, paint on museum board
2007
13" x  16" 
Puff Girl Dreams with Flaws by Susan Breitsch
Puff Girl Dreams with Flaws
collage, paint on museum board
2007
13" x  16" 
Wedding at the Zoo by Susan Breitsch
Wedding at the Zoo
collage on museum board
2007
16" x  13" 
Nothing to Do with Savagery by Susan Breitsch
Nothing to Do with Savagery
collage on museum board
2007
13" x  16" 
Black Mask by Susan Breitsch
Black Mask
collage, paint on museum board
2008
13" x  16" 
Angels and Devils by Susan Breitsch
Angels and Devils
collage on museum board
2008
13" x  16" 
Pissing to the Right of the Rain by Susan Breitsch
Pissing to the Right of the Rain
collage on museum board
2007
16" x  13" 
Studio Visit by Susan Breitsch
Studio Visit
collage on museum board
2006
13" x  16" 
Tipsey by Susan Breitsch
Tipsey
collage, paint on museum board
2006
13" x  16" 

Artist Statement
In 2004 I started to make collages incorporating fragments of images, usually from paintings, cut from art books. In the collages shown here I have also incorporated some painting of my own, often as tiny dots (rather than sequins), which to me imply a sort of breaking down of the suggestion of any real physical space or volume.

My intention in the collages is to create a context that sets up ironic, unlikely, or humorous juxtapositions which create a meaning apart from the image’s original context. Some of the images are clearly identifiable, while others are more obscure, thus making their purpose primarily one of visual support to the other elements in the pieces.

My approach is intuitive. With no preconception of how the finished piece should look, I begin by pasting some sort of background—sometimes from a photo, fabric or decorative paper—to a piece of museum board. In the collage called Art Star with Stretchmarks I used a poster from a show of a contemporary painter as part of the background. Then I begin searching for images that intrigue me, but often need to “murder my darlings” as the work progresses and I search for the images that will comprise the elusive whole.

Despite the inherent defacement of a precious art book, I intend for the works to contain a degree of homage to the works I’ve borrowed from, while creating a new context and meaning.

Artist Bio / CV
Susan Breitsch
7612 35th Ave. #6A  Jackson Hts., NY 11372
718.505.1985
studio: 1205 Manhattan Ave.  Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
susanbre@earthlink.net
Education
    Maryland Institute, College of Art  Rinehart School of Sculpture  Baltimore, Maryland   1984 MFA Sculpture
    Cleveland Institute of Art   Cleveland, Ohio   1982 BFA Sculpture Minor/Painting
    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture   Skowhegan, Maine 1984
    A.I.M. Program  The Bronx Museum of the Arts 1993
Exhibitions
2008 • Impossible Bottle; PS122 (3 person show), New York, NY
2008 • Peace (group show); Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 • Group show; Randall Macon College, Virginia
2007 • Happily Ever After; Canco Gallery (ProArts Org), Jersey City, NJ
2007 • 99cl; Jersey City Museum and Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2007 • War Is Over Again; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 • Inside/Out; Byrdcliffe Art Colony; Woodstock, NY
2006 • The Artful Jackson Heights; Krasdale Gallery; White Plains, NY
2006 • Flatfiles; Pierogi Gallery; Brooklyn, NY; ongoing
2006 • The Armory Show; Flatfiles; Pierogi Gallery
2005 • Medium Rare; Sarah Bowen Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
2004 • London Biennale; draw_drawing; coordinator: Giacomo Picca
2004 • Warm Worlds & Otherwise; Krasdale Gallery; White Plains, NY
2003 • Lust; Fe Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA
2001 • A Collaborative Fusion; 450 Broadway, NY, NY
1999 • Im & IL Gallery; group show; Brooklyn, NY
1999 • Size Matters; Gale Gates Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
1998 • A House for a Home; Hamburg, Germany
1996 • Living With It; NY, NY
1995 • Solid State; Jersey City, NJ
1993 • Artist in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Press
Art on Paper; September/October 2005; Medium Rare at Sarah Bowen Gallery
Pittsburgh City Paper; December 10, 2003; Lust at Fe Gallery
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; December 6, 2003; At Fe Gallery Lust
    Makes Attractive Exhibit
Pulp; December 11, 2003; Prurient Pieces of Art
New York Times; June 20, 1993; New Views on Contemporary
    Civilization and Its Discontents