Susan Seubert at the Froelick Gallery and the Venice Biennale

Susan Seubert at the Froelick Gallery and the Venice Biennale

For Portland Photo Month the Froelick Gallery has mounted an exhibition of my photographs entitled, “Not A Day Goes By.”

The 2016 rise of a racist, xenophobic, sexist, bigoted, extreme-right political climate in the U.S. presidential political cycle profoundly depressed me. Climate change in both its literal and figurative sense was being denied as a hoax. Lies and fake news were accepted as “politics as usual.” It seemed to me that America was smothering all the positive ideals historically it has stood for. Unbearable emotional pain motivated me to explore showing this issue visually as suicide.

The show is a body of work produced to illustrate suicide. The images in the series, “Manner Of,” present common objects used to take one’s life. The muted black and white palate and soft image quality of the print rendered on tissue paper is then further obscured by the encaustic medium. This treatment of the photograph underscores the veiled nature of the option of suicide. The portraits of people with their heads wrapped in plastic illustrate acts of asphyxiation. The cool tonality combined with the highly reflective, almost mirrored surface of the work adds a performative aspect to the piece: a glimpse of the viewer’s image is reflected, offering a space to contemplate suicide.

Five works from the “Asphyxiation” series will be included in the Personal Structures show, curated by the Global Art Affairs Foundation, at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and hosted by the European Cultural Center at the Palazzo Bembo.  This work will be on display from May 13 – November 26, 2017 in Venice.  For more information, you can download a press kit here.

 

artist: Susan Seubert, title: Asphyxiation #16, size: 40×30″ (101.6cm X 76.2cm), year: 2017, medium: metal photographic print

“Manner Of: Noose”, From the series, “Manner Of,” as part of the show, “Not a Day Goes By.” 12×12″ digital pigment print on silk tissue, edition of 10, 2017, artist: Susan Seubert

 

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Susan Seubert photographs Gay Pride Parade 2016

Today my husband and I went to Portland’s Gay Pride Parade.  Not only was it a beautiful day to be outside, I felt that, in the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, it was important to go and show our support for our LGBT community.  The mood was celebratory and full of messages of love and inclusion.  Here are some photos of today’s parade.

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Portland Gay Men’s Choir march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Portland Timbers Fans at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

There were lots of hugs at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Even the Portland Fire Department were in the festivities at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Lovebomb Gogo Marching Band at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Families share the message of love at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

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Happy Birthday Grand Central Terminal!

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, that iconic building where many people from all over the world have visited to marvel at the architecture, catch a train, visit the coolest bar in New York City, (the Campbell Apartment), go shopping or simply people watch.  When I was on assignment for National Geographic Traveler Magazine, I was assigned to cover this icon of New York architecture.  I learned many things about the massive complex, which included a tour of the underground tunnels designed for the purpose of evacuating presidents and other dignitaries in the case of an emergency.  The ceiling has been restored, but one small patch was left to show how much environmental pollution from the trains had damaged the original fresco.  There is still the hole in the ceiling from where a rocket was displayed back in the 1950’s when NASA miscalculated the height of the rocket by 6 inches, the zodiac on the ceiling is depicted backwards, (with speculation that this was a mistake by the artist), and the clock faces above the information desk remain the most valuable items in the main hall as they are made from the precious stone, opal.  Christie’s and Sotheby’s estimate the clock to be worth between ten and twenty million dollars. This image has stayed in my portfolio for many years because I find it to be a constant reminder of my love of New York City.

Happy Birthday Grand Central!

Portland Landscape Photography by Susan Seubert

… is featured in the new book entitled, “Where the Revolution Began, published by Spacemaker Press.  It features the work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who had been at the leading edge of urban design (sadly, he passed away in October).  Together with his wife Anna Halprin, they transformed notions of public space and community.  The book contains three essays by John Beardsley, Janice Ross and Randy Gragg.  I made the modern photographs of the Halprin Promenade in Portland over the last couple of years. If you would like to buy the book, you can do so here. We hope you do, as all the proceeds go to the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, “a nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public and preserving the Portland Open Space Sequence.”

Where The Revolution Began: Cover and Modern photos by Susan Seubert

The process of documenting these parks was a very interesting exercise in trying to “see” back in time and envision what these plazas might have looked like before they were overwhelmed by high rise buildings, neglect, (don’t mean to be down on Portland here, I would wager this was due to city budget restraints), and the addition of unintended architectural features (such as sculpture, planters, etc…).

This book is a magnificent testament to these public spaces and we hope will not only bring attention to these important Portland landmarks but lead to the preservation of them for future generations.  In addition to my work, the book also includes reproductions of Halprin’s drawings and some historical images for context.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot which features the Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park and the Forecourt Fountain.  Most of the images were made with a Hasselblad using 80mm, 50mm or 40mm lenses.  The film was either Kodak 160VC or Kodak 400VC.  Some of the detail images and wide angle horizontal images were made with a Canon 5D.

A detail of the acclaimed Forecourt Fountain in downtown Portland, OR

A detail of the acclaimed Forecourt Fountain in downtown Portland, OR

Pettygrove Park consists of a series of mounds and paths

Pettygrove Park consists of a series of mounds and paths

The Lovejoy Fountain which was designed to have water cascading down steps and land into a serene pool

The Lovejoy Fountain which was designed to have water cascading down steps and land into a serene pool