Susan R. Kirshenbaum

art and life - both the cherries and the pits

Selected Exhibitions

A full list of shows is included in my CV, available here

Solo Exhibitions

Susan R. Kirshenbaum, The Laundry, San Francisco, CA 2016

The Laundry is a co-work space in an old commercial laundry facility, with a well-lit gallery and large event and office spaces. During Open Studios and beyond, I had a solo exhibition here. Among other works, I had the chance to show my entire series of life-sized silk scrolls. They appear to populate the space with a very large female presence. They are most elegant and alive with a fan blowing a little breeze and causing them to flutter, like a rippling room full of women.

Three of the four White Silk Scroll Series are shown here. Each is six-feet high by four feet wide digitally printed on white silk crepe de chin as a limited edition of three.

I gave an art talk at an Art & Wine Mixer in The Laundry's Gallery.

And Figuratively Speaking, The Troll House (San Francisco, 2017)

During a Summer Art Residency at the Troll House at Pier 26 I worked in an unconventional, high, open space. Being on the water in the bright summer sunlight, with an audience just outside the windows and another audience within my space, helped me form the concept for this site-specific installation. The bright heat of summer drove me to work in sheers and overlays to see the sun and the outdoors come through the pieces. I created five eight-foot high sheer panels in jewel tones. Made to hang from the ceiling in overlapping panels, they barely touched a tall person’s head, but were easy to walk around. The series is called banderas because they like are flags and are fluid and move gently, forming new color combinations as they overlap, depending upon the light and time of day. Each panel consists of a female gesture drawing - powerful, yet light and graceful. They figures fill the room with their presence. They are emblems, representing a moral truth - I felt a need to create a penetrating force into the co-work space which was dominated by young male techies. When the workers came to the office the first day of the show they had to weave their way through to get to their loft workspace. Tey got to experience the sensation of moving through a roomful of giant naked women. They asked "when does this show come down"?

 This series of gesture drawings is digitally printed onto white chiffon, then sewn and hung by rods and monofilament from the ceiling. Visible from two sides, seen indoors and outside, they are layered to overlap and change colors.  Now being shown at the Wessling Gallery September group exhibition, Friendly Fire.

This series of gesture drawings is digitally printed onto white chiffon, then sewn and hung by rods and monofilament from the ceiling. Visible from two sides, seen indoors and outside, they are layered to overlap and change colors. Now being shown at the Wessling Gallery September group exhibition, Friendly Fire.

Opening reception and art talk for the Banderas Series: A site-specific installation of five, eight-foot high sheer panels of gesture drawings. Digitally created drawings made on an iPad Pro from live models, they digitally printed onto white chiffon, sewn around the edges, and hung from this very high ceiling.

Explaining the Banderas Series (with a monitor with my process videos) at the reception

 With the first bandera in the entryway to the series

With the first bandera in the entryway to the series

Viewable from both sides and from outside the windows as well as inside the gallery

At the Troll House Residency on Pier 26, I started out with a solo show which preceded the site-specific installation pieces above.

EXPOSED, BAYVIEW BOAT CLUB (San Francisco, CA 2017)

Here's the gallery wall at the Bayview Boat Club, a private club on SF's Embarcadero, where I was invited for a month-long exhibition. I loved the atmosphere of this hidden gem!

REVEALS, SECRET AGENT SALON (San Francisco, CA 2018)

Looking through my works for hair related pieces I discovered it's one of my themes! Going to the same salon for many years I always enjoyed the art shows they had. It's a large space with high ceilings and it's a great venue for people people to really look at the work. I love the crew here and they are very artistic in their entire approach. They were also an extremely appreciative audience for a show and threw a fantastic reception.

One of the many high walls at Secret Agent Salon in SF's Pacific Heights, where I was invited to have a spring 2018 solo show. In the center is Red Hair Curly and Straight, Reclining, surrounded by two of my more abstract works that deal with mirror images. On the right is "Bay of Bengal Sunset", a digital photo / paint collage with no drawings. On the left is "Filled with Roses" another figurative collage.

Secret Agent Salon Reception with Steve Reeder, co-owner.

 Secret Agent Salon Reception showing a display of my small prints and assorted art merchandise including a special show candle (top shelf).

Secret Agent Salon Reception showing a display of my small prints and assorted art merchandise including a special show candle (top shelf).

Juried Group Exhibitions

PARADISE LOST, BACK TO THE PICTURE (SF, CA 2018)

Invitational, curated by Catherine Merrill

"Art Will Save the World. Figurative Paintings & Sculptures by Eight Bay Area Artists Reflect Life in These Times of Darkness, Affirming the Unifying power of Art"

Paradise Lost relates to my desire to convey our everyday humanity - that which motivates people to embrace their human-ness and imperfections. Thinking back to the ideals of a Paradise, and what of what was lost, I too want people to overcome their discomfort about nudity. As long as a nude female body remains controversial I will have this battle to fight through my work. My models show a matter-of-fact naked truth. It's important to me to reflect who we really are and to to keep that uncensored. I want my viewers to be stirred. They might experience a little poke in the gut. To feel the presence of strong women and respond.

The artists: Catherine Merrill, Jane Fisher, Sylvie Guillot, Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Stephen Namara, Fernando Reyes, Rick Rodrigues, Michael Ruiz

Just after the group hung the show together

 The show included sculpture and ceramics

The show included sculpture and ceramics

 Another view of my work in the show

Another view of my work in the show

Reception with the gallery manager, Derek Hargrove

LIFE/LIVE, ARC GALLERY (SF, 2018)

Invitational live-drawing event & exhibition

Five artists were selected to draw two models for 7.5 minute poses with a live audience of patrons. We sold our work on the spot. For me - working on my iPad Pro with my first audience - this meant drawing then printing my work.

The artists: Arlene Diehl, Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Gail Ragains, Eric Saint Georges, & Julianne Wallace Sterling
 

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 Arc Gallery Closing Event with Artists' Talks, Life/Live Show, Spring 2018

Arc Gallery Closing Event with Artists' Talks, Life/Live Show, Spring 2018

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ARTSPAN OPEN STUDIOS (SF, 2016-present)

The Laundry, SFWA, and The Allied Box Factory

Over the last few years I participated in Open Studios at The Laundry, at San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, and at the Allied Box Factory.

 SFWA Open Studios 2017, where I'm an active member.

SFWA Open Studios 2017, where I'm an active member.

Allied Box Factory Open Studios 2017, at John Goodman's art studio where I draw every Monday. We had a small group show for open studios in 2017.

SFWA JURIED SHOWS, SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN ARTISTS GALLERY (SF, 2017-PRESENT)

As a member of SFWA I'm delighted to be part of a long history of SF-based women artists as this organization has been around for for over 150 years. I also enjoy being a part of my neighborhood - I'm so close to the Inner Sunset where I live that this is part of my turf. And I've gotten a little more involved lately on the communications  and marketing committee, putting my professional background to good use. It's a very welcoming organization and a great way to get your feet wet in the professional art world and participating in local juried shows.

Below my two pieces in the show - my first prints on aluminum in 2018.

With "Cherry Blossom Dreams" at the Botanicals show in 2016.

With "Springtime is from Within" in 2017.

CITY ART CO-OP GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

As a member of City Art Coop we are all truly a part of this wonderfully diverse organization located in the heart of the Mission District.

City Art Coop Gallery, April 2018

City Art Coop Gallery, July 2018

Patrons at City Art Gallery reception, April 2018

Other Events & Shows

 At the Blueberry Farm Pop-Up Holiday Art Show & Sale, with a local group of artists in Sebastopol, CA, Dec 2016

At the Blueberry Farm Pop-Up Holiday Art Show & Sale, with a local group of artists in Sebastopol, CA, Dec 2016

At Maker and Moss, my first Pop-up Art Show & Sale in SF, CA, Oct 2016

At Kids & Art Juried Benefit Fundraiser held by Art Attack SF in 2017. They used my art work for their marketing. I participated again in 2018.

SNAP! Arc Gallery, SF, CA, 2018

The galleries were filled at SNAP! Arc invited many Bay Area artists to participate.