Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines - Art Exhibit Opening Reception
HALL OF PORTRAITS FROM THE HISTORY OF MACHINES On exhibit June 3 - July 31 in the Gallery at 3S Artspace WORKS BY SUE JOHNSON Opening Reception / Meet the Artist: Friday, June 3 / 5-8pm Free and open to the public Opening Reception coincides with Art Round Town "Mining the archive is like building a time machine; I look at the material culture of the past as a way of understanding what has come into being in our contemporary times." – Sue Johnson Sue Johnson’s Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines constructs a disquieting satire that proposes an alternative pictorial history in which two objects of desire become one — the household convenience object and the emergent female form. The artist looks back to the commercial culture of mid-20th century America that championed progress, new technologies and a pursuit of the latest model. It was during this time that the new modern woman began to be idealized as sharing attributes with objects of domestic convenience, efficiency, and planned obsolescence.