LAUREL SUCSY: FINDING THE EDGE
Dixon Gallery and Gardens / 4339 Park Ave. October 17, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Laurel Sucsy is an artist based in Memphis, Tennessee, and New York. Inspired by nature and the objects she encounters in her daily life, she explores abstraction in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography.
Sucsy’s exhibition in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries this fall spotlights her recent work, which ranges from dynamic, colorful abstractions in oil to thoughtful, monochromatic photographs. Regardless of the medium, all her works are characterized by a sense of spatial tension that enlivens them as it shrouds them with a dreamlike quality.
Sucsy’s paintings are rooted in organic forms, which she breaks down into a series of loosely connected shapes that result in kaleidoscopic and energetic abstractions. In contrast, her photographs are much more meditative—they are records of small studio sculptures formed by marrying raw canvas with wet plaster. These white-on-white images are quietly powerful studies in texture, form, and light and shadow. Though these bodies of work are seemingly disparate, Sucsy’s paintings and photographs are both rooted in her relentless quest to discover and understand the fundamentals of structure, color, weight, and surface as they exist and harmonize in the natural world.