02 Mar 2018
Suzanne Unrein: Animal Dreams
Reviewed by Elizabeth Johnson
Suzanne Unrein dreamed of succumbing to wild animals. She accepted her fate in the jaws of an alligator and a lion.
Her paintings stage trans-species drama in a fever-dream jungle, contrasting patches of deep shadow with random sunlight. She renders people and creatures with bold, gestural lines that reveal or elide details. Fragments of branches, faces, arms, legs, wings, and paws recombine in a riot of abstract pattern. The paintings evoke the danger and the rarity of heightened awareness of wild animals, yet preserve their perennial separateness and innocence.
The spectacle of foxes, crocodiles, wolves, dogs, swans, and tigers witnessing and/or having sex with humans is muted by the remove of theater, and recalls tableaux that pose living actors like statues. Puzzled-together beasts stretch, fight, rest and sometimes comically imitate people, making them represent the swooning, preoccupied figures in the process of shedding their inhibitions.
|Exhibition||Suzanne Unrein: Animal Dreams|
|Start date||15 Feb 2018|
|End date||15 Jun 2018 (in 22 days)|
|Venue||198 Bowery, New York City, NY, USA map|
|Image||Suzanne Unrein, The In-Between, 2017, oil on canvas, 53 x 72 inches, courtesy of GROUPE|
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