The work of Santa-Fe based artist Susan York might look like a contemporary revision of Minimalism, but indeed is troubling this art historical legacy. Although her large geometric graphite sculptures resemble a Donald Judd or Carle Andre, the artist draws more parallels with a different vein of minimalism—that of her friend and mentor Agnes Martin. Often asymmetrical or suspended precarious just a few inches above the ground, York’s geometric sculptures disorient viewer’s perception and trouble her masculine art historical precedents. Her choice of graphite as a material that both reflects and absorbs light is significant, adding a sense of warmth to minimalism’s cold industrial materials. Although she cannot be classified amongst the process-based and body-focused works of “post-minimalist” artists such as Eva Hesse, York’s work make subtle and refreshing interventions into the legacy of Minimalism, recuperating the traditionally masculine color of black to infuse it with warmth and light.
York’s works has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, Fabbri Contemporary Art in Milan, and Galerie Renate Bender in Munich, Germany. York has also participated in group exhibitions at Project Artspace in New York, Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin, and Columbus Art Museum in Georgia.
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