Exhibition: Susan Burnstine: Where Shadows Cease

 

Catherine Couturier Gallery is delighted to present the latest series of photographs by gallery artist Susan Burnstine in her third solo exhibition at the gallery entitled, Where Shadows Cease. Please join us and the artist for the opening reception on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 from 6-8pm.

Burnstine, who is currently based in Los Angeles, has spent her artistic career exploring alternative processes to the art of photography. Using twenty one self- made film cameras, Burnstine strives to create imagery completely in-camera without digital renderings. Her cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Although technically challenging, these cameras allow Burnstine to capture the distorted yet vivid images she envisions in her dreams. Today, while she is still portraying her dream-like visions using handmade film cameras, she is now introducing the element of color to her work for the very first time. 

Susan Burnstine: Where Shadows Cease will be on view from May 18th- June 22nd, 2019

 

 Susan Burnstine, Into the Headlands, 2018, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Into the Headlands
Archival pigment print
edition 2 of 3
27 x 27 inches
$6,300 unframed

 

Susan Burnstine, Between The Brooklyn Queens, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Between The Brooklyn Queens
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Departure, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Departure
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
/Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Sunday in Harlem, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Sunday in Harlem
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Amidst the Rains. Catherine Couturier Gallery
Amidst the Rains
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Crossing West, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Crossing West
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Beyond Manhattan, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Beyond Manhattan
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Daybreak Grant St., Catherine Couturier Gallery
Daybreak Grant St.
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Leaving Harlem, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Leaving Harlem
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Within Ross Valley, Catherine Couturier Gallery
 Within Ross Alley
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Times Square, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Times Square
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Southbound, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Southbound
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Rain Over Abiquiu, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Rain Over Abiquiu
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Lost Highway, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Lost Highway
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Above 59th, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Above 59th
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Heading West, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Heading West
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Beyond Mount Lee, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Beyond Mount Lee
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Above the Narrows, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Above the Narrows
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Across S.R. 154, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Across S.R. 154
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, At the Edge of Beacon Hill, Catherine Couturier Gallery
At the Edge of Beacon Hill
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, Across Old Albion Road, Catherine Couturier Gallery
Across Old Albion Road
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
Susan Burnstine, Where Shadows Cease, At the Point, Catherine Couturier Gallery
At the Point
Archival pigment print
edition of 15
16 x 16 inches
$1,600 unframed
 
 
 
For purchases or further inquiries email us at gallery@catherinecouturier.com or call at (713) 524. 5070

 

Artist Statment:

I have always dreamt in black and white. Until recently.

The rare percentage of people who have been documented to dream in black and white were either born prior to the rise of color television or had no access to it. And those exposed to color television dream in color. I’m an anomaly.

I was born the year broadcast television transformed to “living color” and witnessed monochrome programs magically transform into reds, greens, yellows and blues. I was awestruck by the implausible appearance of these vivid hues, which became imbedded in my memory as the most perplexing and fantastic canvas of my childhood. What’s more, my family owned a television business and a Zenith Chromacolor TV blazed in every room of our home. Yet still, I viewed the world in black and white.

My colorless reality was cemented at the age of four when I suffered a trauma that sparked years of severe night terrors. These debilitating nightmares dissipated in my teens, but as an adult returned following the tragic death of my mother. In attempt to cope with my loss, I replicated my unconscious monochrome visions on film using a collection of hand-made cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects and the single element lenses are molded out of plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive limitations has required me to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when trusting in the unseen.

In the wake of unimaginable events, a mirage of “living colors” has bled into my monochrome realm. Have I surrendered to a distant truth? Escaped reality? Or both? The answer lies deep within my dreams.