ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.



SUSAN NEWMARK

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
  • 1972Hunter College, MA
  • 1969Hofstra University, BA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2013Layered Narratives, solo exhibition, Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011Artists Brooks, solo exhibition, Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY
  • 2010The Jane Russell Series, solo exhibition, Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006Love Me Tender, solo exhibition, Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2014Mash Up: Mixed Media Collage, Islip Musuem of Art
  • 2014Creative Structures, Philadelphia Center for the Book
  • 2014Winner's Circle, three person show, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY
  • 2013Al Muntannabi Street Starts Here, Center for Book Art, NYC and international travel, New York, NY
  • 2011Everyday Fictions, St. Joseph College
  • 2010War and Peace, Kentler International Drawing Space
  • 200539th Juried Exhibition, Parrish Art Museum
  • 2004Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • 1998Out of the Center, Center for Book Arts & Conn. College
RESIDENCIES
  • 1999Brydcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY
  • 1998Womens Studio Workshop
280 Nevins Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215