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Review: Brea Souders at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Last Call:  Exhibition Extended through August 15, 2014

The work of Brea Souders is playful and fragmented, and records as much it conjures.  Images from Souders first solo show at the gallery present as visual puzzles to be unlocked.  Each is different, and each will come together differently for different viewers.  Souders uses a variety of visual styles to make her work.  Some are montage-like; others feel like geometric paper cut-outs.  Some feel more loose and painterly, while others are more direct.  However they appear they are always playful and surprising.  Its as if each work is so concise that when realized it was done free from needing to inherently "belong" aesthetically to any other work.  They do belong.  They do unite, and each reveals as a potent piece of personal memory, collective past, art history reference, and linguistic exploration.  Souders questions these topics to produce, as she says, works that function like memory.  

". . . certain slices come forward, and they intertwine with a lot of smaller sensory memories tied to color, light or shape.  An entire day can be remembered as the way that the light caught someone's hair, the particular pattern on a guitar strap, the shape of the moon that night, and so on"  (Silverstein Press Release).

For more information on this exhibition and the work of Brea Souders please visit Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Silverstein Press Release  

New Yorker Review

Image Information:
Brea Souders, Under Water
Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery 

Tags:  Brea Souders  Bruce Silverstein Gallery 

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