Animal Dreams explores a vibrant world where the animality of humans plays within a world of beasts. Unrein produces gestural lines and swabs of color, creating and erasing, to form bonds and break connections between carnal forms. Energized with expressive brushstrokes, the paintings are as much about the explorations and limits of paint as they are about humans and their connections to their animal selves and fellow beasts. Expressing a theme of the increasing separation of humans from their rooted nature due to advances in technology, these works play in a prelapsarian time of innocence, including unease and an underlying violence. On view February 15th through June 15th, 2018.
A California native and current New Yorker, Suzanne Unrein creates paintings at her studio in Harlem. Unrein's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US, with solo shows in in NYC, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Her work was recently spotlighted in The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization (Oxford University Press) and the focus of the short film, Hands & Eyes that premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Other paintings have made appearances in films, "Being John Malkovich", "Sex and the City 2" and "I am Sam".