Artist Reception: Friday, September 24 from 5pm 7pm
With in[ex]terior, artist Suzy Kopf extends her survey of the enduring mythos of the American Dream. Accessing observations of historic imagery and architecture as a landmark, Kopf excavates midcentury design via artworks that summon aspiration and second-hand nostalgia for the buried but not forgotten recent past.
Kopf designed and installed a site-specific window installation for the gallery’s paneled glass wall that divides the gallery space from a main hallway in the art center. The pattern Half Empty, Half Full, which Kopf created herself based on midcentury examples, echoes the physical presence of concrete screen blocks, which are used throughout the world to promote airflow and create a sense of partial privacy between public and private spaces.
This exhibition is chiefly composed of new watercolor and collage works created during the COVID-19 pandemic when the world was forced to reexamine our relationship to domestic space. In this body of works on paper, Kopf referenced midcentury advertisements for flooring and furniture and chronicles the many conflicting trends of American interior design in the twenty-first century.
Paired with these new works that look inside the home, the exhibition includes works from Kopf’s 2019 series Breezeblocks, which was created after the artist returned to Levittown, Puerto Rico in February of 2019 to witness the recovery of the midcentury houses there after Hurricane Maria. The resulting impressions of the exteriors of this Caribbean planned housing community are captured in this series of watercolors made upon her return home.
Suzy Kopf is a multidisciplinary artist who scrutinizes the paper ephemera of midcentury consumer culture to probe the enduring mythos of the American Dream. Through water media paintings, collages and site-specific installations she excavates archival materials and inherited nostalgia for planned utopias erected and cast aside. Vibrant and pastel colors unify her work across media and evoke the built landscape of the eroding Silicon Valley where she grew up. Conscious of how much byproduct can result from art-production, Suzy strives to have a “no waste” practice, recycling materials back into her work and making her own paint.
Suzy has been the recipient of numerous residency fellowships including most recently Kala, The Studios at Mass MoCA, Playa and VCCA. Projects related to her research-based practice have been funded by the Hagley Museum, Baltimore National Heritage Area, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Design History Society.
In addition to her studio work, Suzy is passionate about helping other artists achieve their professional goals and generate sustainable income. She has been an invited speaker on career development topics at the College Art Association, The CUE Art Foundation, Artists Thrive Conference, and the Maryland State Art Council, among others. She is the Director of Sales and Marketing for BmoreArt, a regional arts publication where she writes profiles on creatives, art business practice and exhibition reviews. A college professor, Suzy teaches water media painting, museum studies and professional development for artists at MICA and Johns Hopkins University.
Suzy has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the United States and Canada including the Delaware Contemporary, Spring/Break Art Fair and the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA from MICA and lives in Baltimore with her partner, William, their energetic pup, Theodore, and the cat who tolerates them all, Charlotte.
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