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Susan White
updated: 01/27/2012
website: www.susan-white.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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My New Museum / detail
My New Museum
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 1
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 2
The Crossing
The Twelfth Street Viaduct Trafficway
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure / detail
Tone Poem (green)
Tone Poem (green)
On Breathing
On  Seeing
Field
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, conceptual, geometric, process, systems, organic, meditative, urban, abstract
 
 
My New Museum / detail by Susan White
My New Museum / detail
pyrograph on paper
2009
17.75" x  14.5" 
My New Museum by Susan White
My New Museum
pyrograph on paper
2009
14.5" x  17.75" 
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by Susan White
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
pyrograph on paper
2009
51" x  88.5" 
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 1 by Susan White
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 1
pyrograph on paper
2009
51" x  88.5" 
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 2 by Susan White
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / detail 2
pyrograph on paper
2009
51" x  88.5" 
The Crossing by Susan White
The Crossing
pyrograph on paper with sumi ink
2008
22" x  46" 
The Twelfth Street Viaduct Trafficway by Susan White
The Twelfth Street Viaduct Trafficway
pyrograph on paper
2007
16" x  42" 
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure by Susan White
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure
pyrograph on paper
2007
44.5" x  59.25" 
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure / detail by Susan White
The Poetry of Good Bone Structure / detail
pyrograph on paper
2007
44.5" x  59.25" 
Tone Poem (green) by Susan White
Tone Poem (green)
pyrograph with pastel
2012
23" x  22 1/4" 
Tone Poem (green) by Susan White
Tone Poem (green)
pyrograph with pastel
2011
29" x  29" 
On Breathing by Susan White
On Breathing
pyrograph on paper
2011
19 1/2" x  15 7/8" 
On  Seeing by Susan White
On Seeing
pyrograph on paper
2011
19 1/2 " x  15 7/8" 
Field by Susan White
Field
pyrograph on paper
2007
52" x  52" 

Artist Statement

Pervasive throughout my work is the relationship between order and chaos and the constant navigation between the two.  I have worked in reference to landscape and the body creating pyrographs /burn drawings that respond to the horizon line, the cellular structure of the body and the granular structure of the soil.

 

Recently my interest in structure has extended to architecture and the steel framework of buildings and bridges. I’m interested in the reciprocal relationship of the fragile, temporal quality of the burn mark that digs into the surface of the paper and the structural steel that rises up out of the surface of the land.

 

The  architectural works are based on axonometric drawings of cultural institutions in Kansas City designed by architects Moshe Safdie and Steven Holl.  I’m drawn to the spareness of the form coupled with the inherent complexity of the image.  These works become artifacts or  visual records of the bone structure of the buildings after  they’re cloaked in concrete, glass or wood.

 

While in Japan recently I had a sense of merging into the atmosphere, acquiring information through a kind of cultural osmosis, breathing in experiences around me. Recent pyrographs relate to breathing.  The marks are many and constant, no one having hierarchy over another, suggesting a constant sound that creates a hum resembling silence.

 

The pyrographs involve the use of a burning tool as a means of mark making.  The process is responsive to the weather and to the cycling on and off of the tool itself.  As I work by an open window, the wind can cause the paper to spark and flare, or progress slowly with rain and high humidity. 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

2007– 2011

AWARDS AND GRANTS  AND RESIDENCIES

 

2010     Artist Residency, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo 

2007    Creative Capital? Professional Development                      Workshop & Retreat?

 

PUBLICATIONS ?

2011     Blank by Davis Schneiderman

             artwork by Susan Whit Jaded Ibis Press

2007     The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the    

             Nelson-Atkins   Museum            

             topo/graphis press, contributing artist 

2007     Drive-bys Project-in-Print, Review (July)

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010     Open Studio Exhibition,

             Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo

2010     Susan White, Kansas City Design Center              Kansas City, Mo.

2009     Crosshatch, Thorn Installation,

             Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City

2008      Re-forming Space, with Architectural Historian /                Writer Cydney Millstein Paragraph Gallery,                    Kansas City, Mo.

2007      susan white:  pyrographs Sukhoi, Kansas City, Mo.

 

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2008       Navigating the Neurosphere

               Susan White and Corrie Van Sice            

               Bemis Center, Omaha, Nebraska

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011        Beyond Bounds BRILLIANT,

               The Nerman Museum

               Overland Park, Kansas

2011       Between Thee and Me,

               Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art,                Overland Park, Ks.

2008       Summer Show, Byron Cohen Gallery,

               Kansas City, Mo.

2008       Kansas City Flatfiles, H & R Block Artspace,

             Kansas City, Mo.

            

                       

SELECTED VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2011        Nerman Museum, Overland Park, Kansas

2010        Artist Talk, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo

 

SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2011       “Objects of Faith and of Art”

                Elisabeth Kirsch, KC Star

2010         Review of “In the Moment”,

                 by Alice Thorson, KC Star

2010         “Susan White” 60 WRD/MIN    

                 ART  CRITIC @PROJECT SPACE

                 review and performance / Lori Waxman,   

                Kansas City, Mo.

2007        “Susan White” Sept/Oct. Art Papers,

                 Kim Carpenter

 

EDUCATION                       

Graduate Work, Rhode Island School of Design,

       Providence, R. I.

BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

BA   Drury College Springfield, Mo

International Studies, Institute for American Universities,   Avignon