Alison Saar "Breach" (detail)

Alison Saar, "Breach," 2016 (detail); wood, ceiling tin, found trunks, washtubs, and miscellaneous objects; 155 h x 60 w x 51 d (inches). Courtesy of the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, California.



January 17-March 10, 2017

Alison Saar: Breach

Sussel Gallery

About "Breach"

Just as Hurricane Katrina influenced aspects of 21st-century race relations in the United States, the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 did the same in the early 20th century. The renowned Los-Angeles-based artist Alison Saar starts with these two catastrophic events to consider the power, myth, and poetry of riverine life and African American culture. Her provocative sculptures, paintings, and prints reverberate with questions such as: why are African Americans drawn to living near rivers in the first place; what has been the effect of flooding and emergency relief policies on blacks and others living in flood-prone areas; and how have such disasters influenced music, art, and literature?

Breach was curated by Michiko Okaya, Director, Lafayette College Art Galleries, Easton, PA. Works courtesy of the artist and LA Louver, Venice, CA.

About Alison Saar

Alison Saar was born and raised in Laurel Canyon, CA. She received a BA in studio art and art history from Scripps College, Claremont, CA, and an MFA from Otis Parsons Institute, Los Angeles (now Otis College of Art and Design). Selected awards include: three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1984, 1985, and 1988); a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1989); a Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists (2000); a Joan Mitchell Foundation  Award (1998); and a Joan Mitchell Artist- in-Residence Pilot Award (2013). Saar was also named one of 50 USA fellows in the United States Artists Program in 2012. Her public sculpture commissions include those in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and her prints were featured in a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, in Fall 2016. Alison Saar is represented by LA Louver, Venice, CA, and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Amber Kempthorn: A River Isn't Too Much To Love

Burton D. Morgan Gallery

About A River Isn't Too Much To Love

Amber Kempthorn’s lush and highly detailed drawings and collages capture the residue, minutiae, and melancholy of everyday life. Using varied techniques and materials, her intricate vignettes mirror the capricious nature of memory as they tumble irrationally across the paper’s surface. According to the artist, “Because memory itself creates a strange hierarchy, the arrangement of space and the primary and attendant imagery in each drawing follows the rules of that hierarchy. The way we remember some things over others is not logical; it is mysterious.”

Amber Kempthorn is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at The College of Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

About Amber Kempthorn

Amber Kempthorn received an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (2008); a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (2006); and a BA from Hiram College, Hiram, OH (2000). Her selected exhibitions include those at: The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland OH, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, and The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH (all in 2016); Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH (2015 and 2014); Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA, 1point618, Cleveland, OH, and the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL (all in 2014); 8th Street Gallery, Boston, MA (2010); and Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA (2009). Selected awards include a Seven Below Artist Residency in Westward, VT (2013), and participation in MOCA Cleveland’s Nesnadny & Schwartz Visiting Curator’s Program (2009). Kempthorn has taught at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Art as an adjunct professor since 2012.The artist lives and works in Hiram, OH.