Susan Martin: New Work, 2004

20 Hawthorne Lane, Lower Level San Francisco, CA Wednesday – Friday 11 to 4 Saturday 10 – 5, and by appointment
March 6 – April 3, 2004

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce SITE 1, the first in its ongoing series of exhibitions in changing locations. SITE 1 will feature a solo exhibition with Bay Area sculptor Susan Martin. The exhibition, located at 20 Hawthorne, Lower Level in San Francisco, opens Saturday, March 6 and continues through Saturday, April 3, 2004. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 6, from 3 to 5 pm.

For her show Susan Martin has created a body of sculpture that builds on the post-minimalist tradition of simplicity of form with an added emphasis on process and materials. Her primary practice in the studio is one of assembling elements and then applying incremental processes that show the hand of the artist such as sanding, wrapping, laminating and applying subtle layers of wax. Martin transforms a variety of materials — including traditional wood, steel and glass; as well as more commonplace materials such as wire, plaster, and concrete – into remarkable objects that are both subtle and compelling.

At the core of Martin’s work is her use of a single, elemental object that she “clones” thereby giving the piece a specific meaning within its site but leaving open the possibilities of re-positioning it in different spaces. This is best seen in Untangled, a large series (384″ in length, installed) of tall thin glass rods that rest on small steel cubes and lean gently against the wall. This piece, as with all of her work, is an embodiment of contradictory forces, materials and ideas while also embracing the tension and revelations that result.

Susan Martin has shown her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the country since receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including two Pollock Krasner Foundation grants and artist residencies such as the Artist Residency Programs at Giverny and Yaddo.

Artweek’s review of the exhibition
Review of the exhibition in the SF Chronicle

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