GALERIE LOUIS GENDRE, Paris
The work of Susan Shup shouts out to the viewer and to the artist herself in an ongoing conversation through her language paintings and the bold abstractions she juxtaposes them with. Words, sounds and shapes all belong to the artist’s panoply. She approaches a painting as one might approach a poem or a storyboard, transforming language overheard on the street, gleaned from music, or TV and collected in precious journals.
Her paintings shout out, they flatter, flirt and reassure: “I LOVE YOUR NEW MANTRA”, “JE T’AIME”. They implore and wax poetic: “YOU NEED A GROOVY PAINTING NOW”, “MORE PUPPIES”, “YONDER”…
Shup’s paintings are performances through both their gestural and language content; her signature style is process art meets automatic writing, which is present in the images she creates with or without words.