"Rock, Paper, Scissors": Suzanna Frosch, Polly King, John Rosis
Curated by Joanne Howard, these artists share a fierce commitment to formal structure as they collage and layer materials to create space and depth. The works – though wide in interpretation – are connected by a sense of restraint without sacrificing elegance or lushness.
The Edward Hopper House is pleased to present three Rockland artists in Rock, Paper, Scissors:Suzanna Frosch, Polly King, and John Rosis. These artists share a fierce commitment to formal structure as they collage and layer materials to create space and depth. The exhibition was curated by Rockland sculptor and installation artist, Joanne Howard. Ms. Howard notes how the artists' works – though wide in interpretation – are connected by a sense of restraint without sacrificing elegance or lushness, each embracing a common challenge: how to reason with the interruption and intrusion that found materials generate."
POLLY KING says that she uses free-association in her work as she searches for materials that add something of a storyline or a literal reference.Ms. Howard states that the relationship between King’s personal mark making and the mechanized collage elements is central to the works’ dynamic tension. This battle between personal and other is also a keystone to Susanna Frosch’s works on paper.
SUZANNA FROSCH’s found objects mark the passage of time and, Frosch says, possess their own narrative, each a silent reminder of their personal history. Weaving human mark-making combined with text-based collage elements based on rigid order, Frosch’s work evokes symmetry found in nature as well as awkward incongruities and precarious balances.
For JOHN ROSIS, process drives his work across various mediums. Taking subtle cues from nature, Rosis' work displays bold, measured simplicity. Ms. Howard notes his exploration embraces restraint without the disruption of outside forces.