In addition to her solo show at our Portland gallery, Froelick Gallery is very proud to announce that the Global Art Affairs Foundation has selected Portland photographer Susan Seubert for inclusion in “Personal Structures”, an exhibition on view at Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, during this year's Venice Biennale, May 13 – November 26, 2017.
At both venues, Seubert will exhibit a recent body of work titled Not a Day Goes By. These photographic prints on metal surfaces meditate on a highly prevalent means of suicide in theUnited States: Self-asphyxiation using a plastic bag. All the more harrowing for their ordinariness and ready availability, Seubert placed plastic over the heads of her models (whom she crowdsourced via social media) and relied on each individual's instinctual posture to convey a face-on personal aspect to broader, tragic statistics. The results are ghostly, simply composed, eerily beautiful in their veiled view of the people underneath whose features are blurred, creased,partially obscured by the folds and light-glancing planes of the bag. Printed on reflective metal panels, Seubert invites the viewer to consider, through glimpses of their own face in the picture, our common humanness. She also draws parallels between these individual tragedies and the role of plastic in environmental ruination – the great Pacific Garbage Patch and other examples remind us that the Earth, in a very real way, is suffocating in plastic. In addition, small, wax-coated photographs titled Manner of show, in soft tones, other methods of suicide- a bullet, a bridge, a pile of pills. Seubert confronts these challenging themes with artistry and deep empathy.