Miles McEnery Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Suzanne Caporael. A public reception will be held for the artist on 30 May from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 525 West 22nd Street, and the exhibition will be on view 30 May through 6 July. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Dr. James G. Snyder.
Suzanne Caporael’s new body of work, titled Blue Uniform, is both of the mind and of the senses. Characterized by deep blues and the decisive placement of simple shapes that seem familiar yet just out of reach, the paintings reflect and respond to the complex relationship between the quotidian surroundings of the quiet studio and the dissensus and visual chaos of the outside world. The polysemic titles which avoid description or meaning invite contemplation while revealing the artist’s long-standing engagement in the lexicology of form. Spare and deliberate, each image is intrinsic to its process and its properties of wood, linen and paint. This economy of means and meaning may be meditative or challenging. Caporael consciously leaves that choice to the viewer.
The act of observation is an essential part of the process, and with it the hand of the artist progressively becomes visible to viewers. As Dr. James Snyder puts it: “Her paintings speak to us in conceptual terms, but their value is not reducible to their conceptual content. They present abstractions of ordinary objects while also reminding us that they were made by someone and that, similarly, they are being appreciated by someone. ”
With these new works, Caporael continues to create paintings that both display and invoke a discipline of thought and makes us reflect upon our own perceptions. As noted in The New York Times, “Caporael’s paintings are a curious mix of the aesthetic and the conceptual ... the paintings are sensuous and lyrical as well as rigorously formal.”