Susan Newmark has had solo exhibitions of her collages and artists books at the Figureworks Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Public Library/Grand Army Plaza, the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, and the galleries of Long Island University, John Jay University and St. John’s University, all in New York City. her work was seen in Winner's Choice, a three person show at the Southampton Cultural Center on Long Island and she had a two person show with artist Miriam Schaer at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. Her work has been included in many group exhibitions including those at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Parrish Museum, the Islip Museum, the Cummings Foundation, Brooklyn College, the Center for Book Arts ‚the Rotunda Gallery and Gallery North in Setauket, N.Y. Ms. Newmark has had residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop‚ the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Byrdcliff Arts Center and is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Lower East Side Printshop and the Medical Library of the University of Southern California. She was the guest curator for Rare Editions: The Book as Art at Lehman College Art Gallery/City College of New York and coordinates Dialogues in the Visual Arts, a series of conversations with artists and art professionals at the Grand Army Plaza Library in Brooklyn previously at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. She teaches collage and mixed media to adults and is a board member of the Center for Book Arts, Elders Share the Arts, and the advisory committee of the Kentler International Drawing Space. Ms. Newmark was the Deputy Director for the Visual Arts and Arts-in-Education at Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
My recent work on paper explores narrative and storytelling through the creation of imaginary landscapes integrated with abstract elements and found papers from popular culture -- wallpaper, wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers, comics, my own photographs, ribbons --and acrylic paint. My layering process begins as an improvisation and an appreciation of how torn posters on subway and building walls reveal layers of memory as the disparate parts unravel and unexpected realities emerge. Through this additive process and the juxtaposition of the abstract and the representational, my surfaces become interwoven networks and dense webs of vision not unlike our packed urban environment. The work constatly shanges and fractures as papers are repeatedly added, sanded, painted ,and repainted. The distressed surfaces, the fragile female images and the other figurative, floral and textural forms contain their own associations and histories as they fuse with fields of color,form and pattern.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY