Suzy Poling is an artist working in many mediums including photography, sculptural installation, performance art, sound, video, painting, collage, fiber art and silkscreen. Her extensive ouvre of work showcases an iconic visual language and multi-dimensional world referencing artists such as Maholy Nagy and Harry Smith yet very distinctly her own.
The title of the exhibition, Total Internal Reflection shares its name with the optical phenomenon that occurs when traveling light encounters a lesser dense medium, and as a result its path is diverted, such as light passing from glass to air or water to air. The title also invites reference to the mind seeking internal reflection. This new body of work explores cyclical forces of nature, transformation and the phenomenon of sound and light through a single channel video projection, photographs, site-specific sound and light installation and performance. Poling’s light installations experiment with scale and spatial coherence as altered through the use of mirrors, lenses and optics. Poling explains: “Scale is an important component to my work; constructing and shooting from the miniature models allows me to reference vastly massive landscapes, architectural matrices, portals and inter-dimensional space.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Suzy Poling (b. 1975; Riverview, MI) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA . Poling has had solo shows at Disjecta Center for Art (Portland); Queens Nails Annex (San Francisco), ZG Gallery, (Chicago); and DNJ Gallery, (Santa Monica). She has exhibited and performed at national and international venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, Colour Out of Space Festival, (Brighton, UK); Mills College, (Oakland, CA); Yerba Buena Art Center, (San Francisco); and art spaces throughout Europe. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Wired Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and New York Arts Magazine. Poling has a BA from Columbia College, Chicago.