Susan Crile

Graham Modern

In her recent show veteran abstractionist Susan Crile has revealed a side of her vision that was never adequately accommodated by the formal and objective currents that dominated her work during the ’70s and most of the ’80s. She has left the sphere of abstraction bound by the Hard-Edge mind-set and created a universe of plastic invention teeming with feelings and strong physical sensations, where the only boundaries are those imposed by lack of passion.

Paintings like Shifting Shifter, 1989, Soft, Wild & Naked, 1989, Pulse Beat, 1990, Erotic Containment, 1990, and Radiant Object, 1990, reveal how Crile is now using form as a shaper of space in a visceral sense. The dynamic qualities inherent in the repeated oval and undulating curve motifs, as well as those that animate the relationships between forms, create that particular dynamic whereby abstract paintings accrue meaning.

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