HOLDING COLOR
A show by Laura Sue King at The Painters Gallery in
Fleischmanns, NY     June 20 — July 18, 2015
 
The Painters Gallery presents new work by Laura Sue King, a painter, printmaker and educator based in Brooklyn and Fleischmanns, New York. The show includes paintings on wood and canvas, etchings, digital prints, and site-specific wall paintings.
King has been making abstract geometric paintings for 20 years continually inventing new ways of approaching the medium. In addition to painting on conventional supports like wood and canvas, King also paints in site-specific outdoor locations. The result is more conceptual and interactive for both the artist and the viewer. In the "Abstraction for dogs" series, King painted directly on the objects left on the streets of New York for sanitation workers to pick up.  Recently she has been making similar work called “House Paintings” on abandoned, decaying bungalows that are scattered up the mountain behind her house in Fleischmanns. The flat geometric shapes and minimal saturated colors are chosen in response to the existing architecture and overall environment. The painting itself is a gesture that King makes to draw the viewer’s attention to objects and places that might otherwise be overlooked.
In “Holding Color,” the hard-edged shapes are classically urban, echoing the geometric patterns and grids of the buildings and streets of the city, while the painted colors evoke both natural and man-made environments, particularly the quality of light experienced in each location.
 Whether on canvas, or on an object, or in a larger existing space, color is the primary focus of the artist's work. King makes paintings to hold her colors both physically and metaphorically, capturing a moment of visual perception so that the viewer might also be held.
Laura Sue King has an MFA in Painting from Hunter College and a BFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts. King teaches undergraduate drawing, painting and printmaking at Hunter College, and is a visiting professor in Riyadh, where she teaches painting and color theory to Saudi Arabian women. King has been honored both as an artist and teacher, receiving an AIM award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts, an international printmaking residency at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute on the island of Mauritius, and research grants from Hunter College and the New School. King’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum and the New York Times, and is included in many collections, notably the Edward Albee Foundation and el Museo de Arte de Caguas in Puerto Rico.
 
The Painters Gallery is located on 1109 Main Street, Fleischmanns. Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For appointments please call 646 627 5155 or send an email to wandakoss@mac.com.
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