S U Z I E V A L E N K O Re-Inventions Collages and Paintings
FIRST STREET GALLERY is pleased to present Re-Inventions, an exhibition of mixed media collages and paintings by Suzi Evalenko. This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at FIRST STREET.
The works in this show depart from Evalenko’s long practice of developing bodies of work in thematic series. In her own words:
“For the past three years, I have been on an exploration, approaching image-making in a thoroughly unfamiliar way. This has been a fascinating challenge, driven almost entirely by instinctual choices, without a roadmap.”
The genesis of these new works lies in past inventions, pieces cut from previously made paintings on paper or canvas. Stripped of their original emotional content and compositional role – and chosen for their visceral and suggestive appeal – these abstracted fragments and larger pieces interact with each other, and with newly painted imagery, in novel and often surprising ways. Color, movement, texture and a sense of story-telling claim center stage in these impactful works.