Susan R. Kirshenbaum

art and life - both the cherries and the pits

“Barbie on the Cusp” Phase 1 took place at Pacific Felt Factory (SF) where I just had an Art Residency with Black & White Projects. Look for more about this project on the new Portfolio page here. ©2019 srkirshenbaum

Welcome to Susan R. Kirshenbaum's art website, aka Cherry Pits Art!

On-Going

> “SFWA at Infinity” | Curated Show | Through July

> “Season of Abundance” | Juried by Saxon Holt, Bay Area Open Group Show | Through July | And stop by Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden (in Golden Gate Park)

> Radian Gallery Sept. 2018 Show, Friendly Fire, VR Tour: https://www.vpix.net/753007

> Become my Art Patron! @ PATREON: www.patreon.com/srkirshenbaum

Fall 2019 Open Studios

> SF Artspan Open Studios October 26-27 - See the latest edition of my zine “Barbie on the Cusp” as part of my exhibition and installation at the main gallery in the Pacific Felt Factory, 2830 20th St. in the Mission, SF.

Just Past: Art Residency

BWP/AiRX: Susan R. Kirshenbaum, April 2019
(Black & White Projects)

Hosted twice a year, BWP’s Live Residency offers the opportunity for artists to create new work within the gallery during open hours. The residency’s goal is to create a space for artists to complete works that go beyond their past scale or scope, and to provide the public with a venue to interact with the artist, ask questions, and see the process of making. Each residency concludes in a solo exhibition that includes work created during their time in the space.

“Barbie on the Cusp” is a multi-disciplinary project created during my Art Residency with Black & White Projects. See more here: portfolio page.

Here’s an image from my little book, which is part of the show “Barbie on the Cusp” at my BWP Art Residency at PFF in SF.

Here’s an image from my little book, which is part of the show “Barbie on the Cusp” at my BWP Art Residency at PFF in SF.

Here’s another page from my little book, part of the show, “Barbie on the Cusp” at my BWP Art Residency at PFF in SF. Email me to add your own Barbie stories!

Here’s another page from my little book, part of the show, “Barbie on the Cusp” at my BWP Art Residency at PFF in SF. Email me to add your own Barbie stories!

Barbie waves from the apartment in Girona, Spain during our first week here. Look for more news from Barbie on my June blog.

With two new pieces at the reception for “Celebrating the Bay Area” the May show at SFWA.

Here’s a wall at Infinity (condos in downtown SF) where SFWA is exhibiting through July 2019. My piece - the framed metal print on the right - “Emerging / Erupting” sold at the opening! The large painting on the left is by Usha Shukla.

“Graphic Nudes: The Poster Series” at City Art Coop Gallery (SF) in March 2019.

March in Mexico - wow! So much to see and read about from our recent trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca. Check it out my Mexico  blog post .

March in Mexico - wow! So much to see and read about from our recent trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca. Check it out my Mexico blog post.

Fabulous wall/door/window grate art seen in Barcelona. See more images of Catalonia on my June Blog.

My Manifesto: “Women in Silk - Not What You Think” & “Life Squared”

Here’s a corner of my solo show, “Women in Silk: Not What You Think” with nine large silk and chiffon scrolls plus “Life Squared” consisting of 14 small shadowboxes - many works sold but I stay have many more for  sale!

Here’s a corner of my solo show, “Women in Silk: Not What You Think” with nine large silk and chiffon scrolls plus “Life Squared” consisting of 14 small shadowboxes - many works sold but I stay have many more for sale!

Reception at SFWA. Photo by DeWitt Cheng 2019, SF

Reception at SFWA. Photo by DeWitt Cheng 2019, SF

Art Talk at SFWA (Feb 23, 2019)

What drives me to create this work? When I was younger, I thought the world was progressive, moving forward, never backward. Now I’m both astonished and delighted that at long last there is another wave of increased awareness about the ongoing exclusion and mistreatment of women. As a young person growing up in the 60s through the 80s I watched and participated in a wave of progress in human rights.

Not knowing better, I believed that political and social change are continuous and progressive. I thought with the women’s movement that our progress was leaping ahead and my generation would at last achieve equality - that the world would not judge us by our bodies and treat us like second-class citizens. I was wrong. Now I know this is not so. But I see now that the old cliché one step forward two steps back is apt for much of life and obvious in our political climate. This is why resilience is so important. The fight is still on and there is renewed energy. I continue to play my part through my art.

The work on these walls… See the rest on my blog: WWW.CHERRYPITS.NET/BLOG

Teaching (in my 20s) at my family’s art school, Ivy. This image was part of the slide show (see excerpt above) and talk I presented at my February 2019 solo show.

Teaching (in my 20s) at my family’s art school, Ivy. This image was part of the slide show (see excerpt above) and talk I presented at my February 2019 solo show.