Opening reception for Susan Greenstein's latest solo show at 440 Gallery, which is on view from April 20 - May 21.
440 Gallery is pleased to present “Painted Travels,” an exhibition of new plein air watercolor paintings by Susan Greenstein. This collection of work comes from Greenstein’s recent travels to Maine down to North Carolina, and is her fourth solo show at the gallery. Greenstein’s scenes rarely center on iconic landmarks found in guidebooks, but are determined by a more personal view. With Greenstein’s approach, the angle of a roofline is seen from the perspective of the street, while architectural details are upstaged by a flowering garden in the foreground.
Greenstein has said that the experience of working on-site and in the moment is essential to her process. “Everything that happens around me becomes part of the work—honking cars, the feeling of the sun and wind, bits and pieces of conversation. All of these external elements differ from place to place yet find a way of weaving themselves into the painting.”
The watercolors of “Painted Travels” marks Greenstein’s return to a familiar genre: the immediacy of on-site renderings as a visual diary of a location. Greenstein’s range of work also includes pastels, sketchbooks constructed as art objects, printmaking and ceramics.
Brooklyn-based Susan Greenstein is a graduate of Pratt Institute and Queens College. She has exhibited extensively in Brooklyn, NY as well as New Hampshire and the Delaware Fine Arts Museum. “Painted Travels” will run from April 20 through May 21, 2017.