Ginger Wolfe-Suarez Finds Beauty in Replication
What happens when something is repeated? What is lost and what is gained in a child’s game of telephone? Ruminations on repetition are a constant theme in Los Angeles-based artist Ginger Wolfe-Suarez’s work. “A Thing Repeated Is Not Always All the Same,” her first exhibition at Diane Rosenstein, is representative of the past several years of Wolfe-Suarez’s work.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to a series of sculptural works in the show, which started out as photocopies of flowers. These floral still lifes are then drawn, framed, and hung on what look like fragments of wall, made from two-by-fours and drywall. Each one repeats the same flower motif and materials, but differs slightly in its construction.
Elsewhere in the show, a series of lightboxes display a photograph, repeated and shown under different lighting schemes. In one, the image is mirrored; in another, the image is partially obscured by a black box; in yet another, the photograph only fills a portion of the lightbox. With this repetition, the image takes on different forms.
Wolfe-Suarez has also included her “color field” pieces. Resembling hammocks leading to the ceiling, these works are comprised of hand-dyed wool dipped in scented oils. The wool is then strung between the gallery walls in parallel lines, forming a geometric sculpture that creates both a visual and olfactory environment. She augments the installation by resting flowers on the floor of the exhibition, a nod to the original arrangements that are frozen the photocopy drawings, as well as the lingering fragrance that fills the gallery space.
“Ginger Wolfe-Suarez: A Thing Repeated Is Not Always All the Same” is on view at Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles, Mar. 21–May 2, 2015.
Installation view of “Ginger Wolfe-Suarez: A Thing Repeated Is Not Always All the Same,” courtesy of Diane Rosenstein.