September 29 - November 9, 2018
Sat 9/29, 4-6 pm: Opening reception
Sat 10/13, 4-6 pm: Intention and Intuition - a conversation with the exhibition’s artists
Sat 10/20, 4-6 pm: Outside|In - Extra Ordinary Birds, Resa Blatman, and Colony, Christopher Frost
Sun 10/28, 4-6 pm: Día de los Meurtos - The Raver’s Altar and events throughout Capitol Square
Sat 11/3, 3:30-5 pm: Arlington International Film Festival post-screening talk with milliner Marie Galvin
Sun 11/4, 2-4 pm: Coco Cultures: The Raver’s Altar - artist talk with Auddie Rodriguez
13FOREST Gallery is pleased to present Elemental, featuring the work of Lynda Schlosberg and Naoe Suzuki. Elemental connects two artists who share a desire to peel back the layers of nature and human perception to reveal fundamental truths at the heart of reality. Using processes of digital abstraction and intuitive mark making, Schlosberg and Suzuki deconstruct the world around us and then rebuild it through intricate and engaging imagery.
Schlosberg’s abstract paintings begin with photographs that are digitally altered to provide a source for the abstract fields of color that form the basis of her paintings. Her canvases are populated with thousands of meticulous brushstrokes, which she arranges in the composition using a set of self-imposed rules. Although Schlosberg works exclusively with flat, opaque paints, her highly layered panels vibrate with depth and movement. Through her process of abstraction, Schlosberg evokes the atomic energies that pervade the universe, showing us the energetic connections that unite everyone and everything.
Suzuki’s Intueri and No Matter series perform similar acts of deconstruction, exposing what lies beneath human interactions with nature and each other. Suzuki’s Intueri drawings developed through a process of instinctive drawing: she placed her pen in the center of the page and allowed the imagery to grow organically. In Latin, intueri means “to look inside.” Suzuki’s vigorous images contain writhing masses that evoke intestines, cellular structures, or systems of roots, challenging her viewers to consider what we are made of. In her No Matter series Suzuki uses water, another one of her primary artistic concerns, to create abstract images that she combines with text to playfully challenge the superficiality of human communication.
Schlosberg and Suzuki approach their art with the mind of a scientist, using different abstract processes to examine the world and propose new and intriguing ways to understand it. Their resulting work is as intellectually engaging as it is visually captivating, daring the viewer to interrogate their perceptions.
About the Artists
Lynda Schlosberg received her Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University College of Art. Schlosberg creates intricate and complex paintings that are inspired by quantum theories and philosophies in her Waltham studio. In the construction of her work she utilizes a process of fragmentation and the language of abstract painting. Schlosberg has worked as a graphic designer and fine art photographer for more than thirty years and began her painting career in 2008. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New England including her recent 2018 solo exhibition Multiverse at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
Naoe Suzuki was born in Tokyo, Japan, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1997. Suzuki is a visual artist based in Waltham, Massachusetts; her primary medium is drawing. Deeply engaged with ideas and concepts, her drawing is a tool to explore certain ideas and a way to dig into subjects that interest her. For the past six years one of her artistic interests has been water, and she also enjoys swimming in Walden Pond. Suzuki is the recipient of many grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grants, and others. From 2016 to 2017, Suzuki was the Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.