SUSAN WHYNE Egress
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10th, 6 – 8 PM
On view through December 16th, 2017
Art Palace presents Egress, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Susan Whyne. Following her project gallery presentation Entrances in 2015, which featured works she produced in San Francisco in the 1970s, Whyne has revisited that time in her practice with new abstracted landscapes based on Texas’ urban scenery. This exhibition will combine works from the 1970s together with pieces made in the last year.
Whyne’s work has an undercurrent of transience. She illustrates inverse relationships in equal balance: culture and nature, form and metaphor, the ephemeral and the eternal. In this decades-spanning series, she focuses on the moments of convergence between landscape and architecture. Odd sculptural associations emerge, flanked by negative space that demands attention and levity. Parts become whole in themselves, thanks to the deft sense of scale and omission.
With new variations in landscaping and architecture emerging with the times, Whyne finds continuous fulfillment in this series. The work pays tribute to the tableaux’s original designer, whether that person was a professional or an amateur with no aesthetic ambition. Egress is an homage to the abridgment of time and the expansion of narrative.
Susan Whyne is a veteran painter living in Austin, Texas. Her work was included in the very first Art Palace exhibition called Where Were The Then, (2005). She has retired from a 34-year tenure at University of Texas and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant twice. Whyne has exhibited regularly across the United States since 1971 and notable exhibitions include the New Museum (NYC), Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Art Pace (San Antonio, TX.) She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from San Francisco State University.