To Be the Waves and the Ocean
New Sound Paintings and Sculpture
Tanja Grunert Salon
Princess Beatrix House
Friday, July 31, 9am-7pm
(Rain date Saturday, August 1, 9am - 7pm)
Thereafter the Salon is open Fri - Mon 12-6
Friday, August 14, 6pm
Outdoor Improvisational Performance with
Susan Jennings on Sculptures and Greg Glassman on Trumpet
Link to Exhibition Walk-Through Video
An exhibition of new sound paintings and sculptures by the artist and musician Susan Jennings will open on Friday, July 31st and remain on view through Monday, August 31, 2020 at Tanja Grunert Salon, Princess Beatrix House in Hudson, NY. The title of the exhibition, “To Be the Waves and the Ocean” references sound waves and the ocean of sound which have collected in the universe, dissipating but never truly disappearing.
Jennings’ iconoclastic use of materials, chosen for their sound-making qualities, deftly walks the line between visual and aural in this body of work created in 2019 and 2020. Jennings’ use of bright colors allows a synesthetic response to the work. The reds pop, the oranges hum, the pinks swoosh and the blacks thud. The 6 sculptures, most roughly body sized, and 6 paintings are occasionally “played” by the artist and other invited musicians. Even without the live performance, these works actively cause sound imaginings in the viewer.
For the sculptures Jennings combines ready-made elements such as chrome racks, crystal bowls and bottle holders with paint, tapes, crocheted yarns, wire, fired porcelain bits, and macrame.
The paintings on plywood are initiated by the grain of the wood which Jennings equates with frozen time marked in the rings of the tree from which the plywood was milled.
“I think of these paintings as visual sound with the plywood grain as the rhythm section. Each painting is generated by the wood grain," says the artist.
These paintings also have affixed elements, found objects as well as crafted components, which make literal sounds and thus the paintings (as well as the sculptures) second as musical instruments.
Inspired by the work of Eva Hesse, David Tudor, Michelle Segre, Marcel Duchamp, Carroll Dunham, Gunnar Schonbeck, John Cage, Jennings' unique art objects have a direct relationship to sound and music.
Jennings has exhibited her work extensively over the past 20 years in galleries in NYC, upstate NY, elsewhere nationally as well as abroad. Jennings is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a Giverny Foundation Grant and Residency at Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France. Jennings founded the gallery LABspace located in Hillsdale, NY (now owned by Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher.) For the past 11 years Jennings worked under the name Black Lake, a collaborative duo with Slink Moss.
The 1920 Tudor Cotswald Cottage, known as Princess Beatrix House, is part of the Rossman Avenue Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Sitting high over the architecturally rich city of Hudson, NY, the home was named for Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands when she was received by Dr. John L. Edwards at his then home on her official visit to Hudson in 1959. Her arrival was in celebration of the 350th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River. The first floor of the house now serves as the Tanja Grunert Salon.
The Salon is open in compliance with the New York State Department of Health guidelines regarding social distancing. To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, artists, community and visitors, all are asked to wear masks and sanitize hands before entering. Only two visitors at a time will be allowed in the space. Visitors' contact information will be collected as part of contact-tracing measures. We also request that you please refrain from visiting if you have symptoms such as a fever or cough.
The Salon will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12-6. Please provide a 15-minute notice that you will be arriving by texting or calling us at 646-944-6197, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that the gallery can organize no more than 2 visitors at a time. You may be asked to wait on the grounds in an outdoor seating area until previous visitors have departed. You are also welcome to visit the exhibition during the week or outside of the open hours by making an appointment. If you would like to attend in a group larger than 2 people, please let us now.
We look forward to doing more exhibitions in this space and sharing wonderful art with one another in these strange times!
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