Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Solo Show in Puerto Rico

Glittering self-tanning lotions, “nude” stockings, white-out, cotton twine – mundane materials from everyday life are what New York artist Suzanne Broughel uses to make works that question post-racial fantasies and colorblind dreams.

“Bleach Bronzed is Broughel’s first solo show at TPP and Puerto Rico in which she presents a series of small sculptures and works on paper that transform ordinary consumer items into reflections of our present moment: post Civil Rights, with the first Black U.S. President, yet still lacking the true equality striven for in the social movements of the 1960’s and 70’s.  Using materials found in the aisles of office supply outlets, dollar stores, and health and beauty chains, her references range from the free-flowing cultural appropriation of “hippie” and “New Age” styles to the stark cultural erasure inherent in gentrification.  Read more

"White Liberal Hustler Trusts the Statistics", 2013.
Skin bronzers, make-up, fingerprint ink on paper.  8.5" x 11"

"White Liberal Hustler Watching the National Geographic Channel",  2013.
Make-up, Wite-out, and fingerprint ink on paper.
8.5" x 11"

"I Don't See Color, #1", 2013
Make-up and Wite-out on paper.
16.5" x 11.5"

"White Liberal Hustler Loves Exotic Locales", 2013.
Skin bronzers and fingerprint ink on folded paper.
8.5" x 11"
Each work on paper comes with a "palette card".