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SUSAN GOLDSMITH


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Cover: Redbud Rhapsody (Triptych), Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel, 30” x 60” overall


SUSAN GOLDSMITH Apropos Beauty

October 6 - 29, 2016

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Thursday, October 6, 6-8 PM


Quinta Vara (5 Panels) White Gold Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Metallic Watercolors, Acrylic Paint, Crystalina, and Resin on Panel 60� x 50� overall


Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. - John Keats, Ode to a Grecian Urn Susan Goldsmith’s recent works reveal an artist in full command of her complex technique, stretching her wings, asking complex and fruitful questions and exploring new approaches. The technical creation of these pieces is complex and demanding. Goldsmith selects an image to be photographed. As in her previous exhibitions, the artist is in love with evanescent moments in nature: the glint of light on water, the dewy mystery of a gray day, spring buds beginning to open on the branch. She next creates a metal leaf ground using silver or gold leaf on wood. Over this reflective surface, she floats the photographic image. This representation eventually rests between the layers of her materials like a fly or a leaf in ancient amber. Goldsmith next hand paints in acrylic and watercolor, adding to and complicating the chroma and forms of the plants and flowers. Finally, when Goldsmith’s mark making is complete, the entire composition is surfaced with a transparent, permanent resin. This last layer seals in all of the artist’s touches along with the photographic image to create a sense of timelessness based on an initial image of transience. Whether specific or generalized, the mood and reference of these works is distinctly East Asian. In looking at Autumn Fruit, I like to picture Goldsmith gazing over the shoulder of the master screen painter Ogata Korin three hundred years ago, as he created his own persimmon tree against a silver leafed ground, both artists consumed by the startling beauty of brilliant orange fruits on bare black branches. In some of the more recent works, she asks a tougher question: “what happens if I show you only the angular dark branches without fruit or flowers?” In Complementary Angles and Elements the slashing and varied black lines of the naked branches carve the silver leaf field into irregular shards. The branches create sensuous negative spaces, defined by their constantly changing curves and thickness. These black branches are in distant dialog with Franz Kline’s slashing brush strokes, but here the forms are transformed and softened by the internal growth habits of the tree itself. We are free to enjoy Goldsmith’s compositions and also to contemplate the unknown, organic factors by which the tree has acquired these contours. Calm Whispers, Springtime Reverie and Goldsmith’s seductive Amethyst Falls reference the buoyant expansiveness of color field painting. There

is no trunk, no ground, no sky, only flowers and leaves. Our expectations of the wisteria flowers existing in deep space becomes subverted. The repeating, continually permuting,  pendant wisteria blossoms become an expansive field of endless variations.  Lavender flowers and pale green leaves shimmer like an opulent textile against the continuous ground of pure silver light. In Tri-View Goldsmith pursues abstraction in a different way. Here the elements are simplified: lotus leaves, their reflection, still water, a large stone, moss. The combination of three overlapping photographs into a spatial continuum results in a singular abstract field. Chinese landscape painting and photographic montage collide. The sky reflected on the water’s stillness is represented by the silver leaf field becoming an uninflected entity on its own. Goldsmith is pursuing her lush, romantic paintings at a time when the art world seems pre-occupied with social comment and theoretical discourse. She is unafraid of unleashing her sumptuous, poetic spirit. Even her titles themselves reveal her acceptance of beauty as a given: Grace, Splendor, Redbud Rhapsody. This line of thought brings us to some interesting questions: What is beauty? And what is its relevance in today’s troubled world? Philosophers have struggled with a definition of beauty forever. Definitions have been offered, but they nearly always fall short as times, and tastes inevitably change. Henri Matisse, no stranger to beauty, is frequently misinterpreted in his stated goal as an artist: “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” The artwork for Matisse, the “armchair,” is not a lethargic opt out, rather it is a potent refuge for reflection and renewal. With Matisse as our guide, couldn’t we propose that providing intellectual and emotional respite is one of the highest goals for an artist? In this exhibition of Susan Goldsmith’s new works, we are invited to experience nature’s redemptive power depicted by a skilled priestess, guiding us through her ever-changing realms of beauty. Robert Kushner, New York, 2016


Elements (Triptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 30” x 60” overall


Splendor White Gold Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 40” x 60”


Springtime Reverie (Diptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 60” x 60” overall


73 Lotuses Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 60” x 39”


Grace (Diptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Iridescent Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 20” x 60” overall


Violet Sway (Triptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 9” x 27” overall


Complementary Angles (Diptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 55” x 41” overall


A Priori (Diptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors and Resin on Panel 20” x 40” overall


Tri-View Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 36” x 51”


Rosie’s Dream (Triptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Metallic Watercolors, Acrylic Paint, and Resin on Panel 20.5” x 61.5” overall


Autumn Fruit (Triptych) White Gold Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 34” x 59” overall


Calm Whispers Silver Leaf with Crystalina, Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 60” x 37”


Brandy Creek III (Triptych) Silver & Copper Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Oil & Acrylic Paint, and Resin on Panel 20.5” x 61.5” overall


White Magic Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors and Resin on Panel 16” x 16”


Skeena Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 30” x 30”


Cydonia II (Triptych) Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Oil Pastel, Metallic Watercolors, Acrylic Paint, and Resin on Panel 20.5” x 61.5” overall


Beach Notations (9 Panels) Silver Leaf with Sand, Shells, Crystalina, Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Metallic Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 48� x 48� overall


Autumn’s Necklace Silver Leaf with Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors and Resin on Panel 55” x 37”


JKOR - Central Park I (Triptych) Composition Leaf with Pigment Prints, Oil & Acrylic Paints, and Resin on Panel 40” x 81” overall


Amethyst Falls Silver Leaf with 22K Gold Leaf and Imitation Copper Leaf, Pigment Print, Acrylic Paint, Watercolors, and Resin on Panel 30” x 80”


SUSAN GOLDSMITH

Born: Los Angeles, CA Education: 1992 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA MFA in Painting and Drawing, graduated with distinction 1977 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA BFA, graduated with distinction 1972 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Studied with Charles White Selected Exhibitions: 2016 Apropos Beauty, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY (solo show) Dallas Art Fair, TX 50 Years a Dealer: George Henoch Shechtman, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2015 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Summer Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY SFMOMA Artist Gallery, San Francisco, CA (three-person show) 2014 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Objects of Reflection, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY (solo show) Flowers, Chautauqua Institution, NY Western Visions Annual Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Holiday Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2013 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY The Nature of Things, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA The Fete Annual Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Western Visions Annual Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY 2012 Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Lo & Behold: Holiday Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Natural Abstraction - Susan Goldsmith & Simon Gudgeon, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Western Visions Annual Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY


The Fete Annual Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Leaves of Gold, Davis & Cline, Ashland, OR Spring Group Show, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA 2011 Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Group Show, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA Holiday Miniature Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Western Visions Annual Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY Spectrum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN The Fete Annual Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY Nature As Muse, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO 2010-12 The Garden, Group exhibition at the US Embassy, Riga, Latvia 2010 Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Eric Zener & Susan Goldsmith, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2009 Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Small Wonders, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA Summer Group Show, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA Solo Show, Thompson/Dorfman, Mill Valley, CA 2 Person Show, Palette Art Cafe, Healdsburg, CA Painting Large, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA Five Decades of Women’s Art, sponsored by the Marin Arts Council, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA 2008 Solo Show, Galerie Odile Mauve, Paris, France Solo Show, 255 California Street, San Francisco, CA, curated by William Torphy State of Painting, juried by Phil Linhares, senior Curator, Oakland Museum of Art, AWD, San Rafael, CA Small Works, AWD, San Rafael, CA Art From the Heart, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 2007 Solo Show, Shasta College. Redding, CA Solo Show, Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, CA Celebration, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA 2006 Solo Show, Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2005 SVMA Biennial, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA Group Show, Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group Show, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

Moving Towards Light, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA Susan Goldsmith and Matt Matsuoka, 255 California Street, San Francisco, CA SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA 2004 Solo and Duet, Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA See California Now, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA Summer Group Show, Robert Green Fine Art, Mill Valley, CA Falkirk Annual, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA Susan Goldsmith & Patricia Bengtson-Jones, 525 Market St, San Francisco, CA Contemporary Abstracts, Artisans, Mill Valley, CA Group Show, CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA 2003 The Painterly Print, CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA Earth, Sea & Air 2, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA Marin Painters, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA Associate Artists Exhibition, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA First Annual Marin Artist Exhibition, CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA Summer Group Show, Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2002 National Juried Exhibition, Artisans, Mill Valley, CA Tie-Dyed, StudioZ.TV, San Francisco, CA Behind The Scenes, Somarts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA Nature: As A Point Of Departure, Napa Valley College Fine Art Gallery, Napa, CA Solo Show, Figment, Petaluma, CA Open Studios, Marin County, CA Landscape Room, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA 2001 One Heart One World, organized by NHK (Japanese Broadcast ing Corporation) traveling to New York, USA; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; Hanoi, Vietnam; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan Selected Corporate & Public Collections: FedEx Kaiser Permanente Meditech Axiom International Investors LLC Tiffany & Co. Wells Fargo Bank National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY


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