The light filled resin paintings by Susan Goldsmith take the spotlight at Gallery Henoch in an exhibition this October. The artist will be in attendance at the opening on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 6 – 8pm. This will be Goldsmith’s second solo show with Gallery Henoch. The event is free and open to the public.
For Apropos Beauty, Susan Goldsmith pursues lush, romantic paintings, unafraid of unleashing her sumptuous, poetic spirit. In sixteen compositions gilt with gold and hewn smooth with resin, Goldsmith’s ragged branches, persimmon trees, sprays of eastern redbud and other fragments of nature reveal the sensibilities to light of the photographer, the painter and the jeweler.
Goldsmith is particularly drawn to the simple beauty of mutable natural environments, focusing on the cycles of nature, sunlight and shadow, time’s passage and human perception. Much of her subject matter comes from exploration, from hiking the Muir Woods in California to roaming Central Park in New York. Goldsmith has a tendency to observe certain locations for long moments and multiple times to capture just the right interplay of light, shadow and color. In the work we see her inquiry as organic forms are pictured up close and from afar before she cuts them up and puzzles the pieces back together. With these slices of nature she composes multiple paneled art works– diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs – making a hybrid of her subject. The resulting compositions are like short poems, for this reason Goldsmith’s works tend to unfold their truths over time. In presenting only fragments of nature, the artist focuses our attention on the ephemeral splendor of this planet and allows each tree or blossom to transmit its own lucid energy. In that vision there is a contagious radiance that she hopes to share.