Untitled (Blue) [from the Anonymous series] (1)
Edition of 10
Image/paper size: 26 5/8 x 40 inches (67.6 x 101.6 cm)
Signed and dated
“Suara Welitoff’s appropriations of the past are a strategy for summoning an awareness of time as we are living it now. Her provocative works destabilize relations between past and present, between fictional and lived experience, between original and reimagined occurrences. Actions and expressions are distilled into their most reductive forms. Rejecting technical strategies for control and prevailing standards of digital perfection, Welitoff embraces the formal potential of accidents and inaccuracies, including pixilation and audio-visual glitches, viewing them as chances to improvise. Her works reveal a revisionist aesthetic and underscore the role of subjectivity in creating meaning. At a time when the acts of selecting, modifying, and recirculating are increasingly central to creation and communication, Welitoff’s works invite us to consider how our sensory relations to the mediated world are forever under revision.” (Susan L. Stoops, Independent Curator of Contemporary Art)
In the work included in “Not So Simple”, Welitoff takes a found media image out of context and abstracts it to produce a blurred, schematic and monochromatic patch of color in motion. The work freezes a brief instant of an action. Through eliminating information contained in the original material, Welitoff transposes the images into the free formal language of art.
Suara Welitoff (b. 1951, Jersey City, New Jersey) lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1998, her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings throughout the
United States and Europe. Her one-person exhibitions include shows at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston; Anthony Greaney, Somerville, Massachusetts; 186 Carpenter, Providence; Document, Chicago; James Harris Gallery, Seattle; Le Rete Projects, Milan; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has participated in group exhibitions with Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt; Regina Rex at Bunker259, Brooklyn; Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts; Strozzina CCC, Florence; Performa 05 at Participant Inc., New York; NGBK, Berlin; Threadwaxing Space, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Welitoff’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Worcester Art Museum; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Deutsche Bank, New York; Fidelity Investments, Boston; Barr Foundation, Boston; and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, in addition to numerous private collections. Welitoff is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Rappaport Prize (2012), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009), and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Maud Morgan Prize (2002).