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The Suspension of Belief
We generally place a certain amount of faith in what we see, especially when it comes to tactile objects in the real world. Suzanne Song forces us to reconsider, even if for just a moment, if this faith is unwarranted. Using the trompe l’oeil technique in a minimalist fashion Song’s paintings and installations achieve space and depth in such a successful manner that even when you view her paintings closely you still have to convince your mind that its merely perspective and not tactile.
Suzanne Song is showing 8 new works at Los Angeles’ Sabina Lee Gallery as part of a two person show along side Amanda Gordon Dunn. These new works were inspired by site-specific installations Song created in recent years.
“In these works, I render shadows along the walls and floors so that, from a specific viewpoint, the shadows converge and delineate an illusory plane that appears to lift off and levitate in space. As the viewer moves around the installations, the illusion deconstructs into flatness. These current paintings present a series of spatial configurations illustrate this deconstruction in two-dimensional space. Whether the spaces invert, reflect, divide, or fold, their relationships between each other instigate optical illusions that alter our sense of depth and create surface tension. Albeit reduced and simple in their appearance, they are configurations that dislocate and multiply our visual perception.” Song explains.
Her work comes purely from an artistic point of view and is not related to math or sciences as one might assume; “People have asked whether my work is mathematical in nature or by influence. There are some mathematical attributes, such as geometry, repetition, multiplication, angles and planes. But most of it is simply a byproduct of my investigation of spatial construction and perception. I use no rules or equations in creating pieces, though I strive for precision and accuracy in my lines and angles. Unlike math, my paintings don’t prove or answer anything, although they can tend to confuse and cause doubt. My work is probably motivated by doubt.”
Space and depth have always played a roll in the paintings and installations of Suzanne Song; “If I look back, it all happened with wanting to visualize the idea of duality. When you deal with comparing or contrasting – it’s really about the “in-between” and so the best way for me to visualize or conceptualize duality was to create a space in limbo, a space that was defined not by their differences but how the opposites are interdependent and coexist.”
The work on show in Los Angeles’ Sabina Lee Gallery was inspired by and seem to reference her installation work, which incidentally grew out of her spatial paintings and templates. Song plans to combine the two practices in a solo show later this year at Doosan Art Center in NYC, Song writes “I plan to show both installations and paintings in relation to each other, which I have never done before. My paintings and installations have always been shown separately. I’m excited to see how that will work.”
She also mentioned an interest in taking the installations outside of the confines of pristine galleries into the outside world. Who knows maybe you will stumble upon a beautiful spatial painting from Suzanne Song on the streets of NYC or LA in the near future, Keep your eyes out.
Amanda Gordon Dunn & Suzanne Song
January 8 – February 12, 2011
Opening Reception, Saturday January 8, 6-9 PM
Sabina Lee Gallery
971 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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