October 19 - December 20, 2008
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to present In My Parents' Garden, an exhibition of new sculpture by Oakland-based artist Susan Martin. This is Martin's third solo exhibition with Traywick Contemporary.
Susan Martin's new work builds on her established interest in the post-minimalist tradition of simplicity of form, combined with a careful attention to process and materials. Unlike strict minimalism, her work is imbued with a warmth and openness, distilled through her intimate and sometimes subtle handling of the materials. In addition to traditional metal, wax, and wood, she often employs repurposed objects such as glass rods, rubber balls, felt grinding discs, rubber washers or spools of paper, and her work demonstrates the flexibility of the materials' original use and current associations.
The title of the show, In My Parents' Garden, is a key to the spirit behind her new body of work. It refers to the garden of her childhood home, which she considers her first studio. It was in this garden that she developed her reverent approach to process, as well as her appreciation of the relationships between order and chaos, the individual and the group, the known and unknown, and between heavy and light. At the core of Martin's work is an embodiment of these contradictory forces, and 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 in 1981. 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.