TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the Toronto-based artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.
In her surprisingly painterly photographs of industrial wood finishing rooms, Reisman makes visible, through the material’s apparent absence, the many layers, and intensive labour, that must be applied to re-surface wood products for commercial purposes. Conversely, her exquisitely tactile sculptures, left in various states of fabrication and finish, evince the vivid and varied marks of her experimental method of “drawing” into their surfaces with a table saw. Where the photographs speak to processes of surfacing in wood’s absence, the wood sculptures make present a new awareness of surface by virtue of the tangible marks made upon them, a visible index of the artist’s manual explorations on wood to varying depths and degrees.
As a meditation on both formal and conceptual interfaces between wood’s multiple planes, On The Surface is a visual delight which belies the artist’s deeper concern and ambivalence toward humanity’s desire for perfection as expressed in our fraught relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original curatorial essay
and full documenation of the show.
On The Surface is a Featured Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Please join us for a public opening reception with the artist on
Saturday, May 7th, from 6–9 pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council for this exhibition.
image: Susana Reisman, Respirator masks (Custom Prototypes), Toronto, 2015