Susie Ganch | Land & Sea
July 24 – August 16

Susie Ganch’s primary source material is trash, both as physical object—overflowing accumulations of used coffee lids, plastic bags, and unwanted debris—and as conceptual vehicle to investigate our collective habits of consumption. Ganch’s studio practice is tangibly connected to the world outside her studio, the world of “stuff” we all share and the debris of everyday life we all have in common.

Evolving from the intimate scale of personal adornment to large-scale constructions, Ganch’s work no longer relies on a single wearer to complete the idea. Rather, her pieces offer the viewer a tactile experience—a chance to see, feel, and imagine the very systems that shape and organize each piece. Ganch utilizes her background as a jeweler to craft precise, intricate structural systems that absorb and engulf the viewer into them. Ganch creates forms that are structurally strong yet visually delicate; constructions that appear fragile and tenuous are supported by steel structures and held together by tension and even rivets, mimicking suspension bridge systems. Just as we as humans and the environment we inhabit is constructed of layer upon layer of interconnecting and overlapping webs, systems that balance and support each other, Ganch’s work relies on the same reciprocal dynamic—each part, each link or element of trash needs the neighboring one for the overall sculpture to maintain its balance and hold together its form.

Susie Ganch (b. 1971) is an artist currently living in Richmond, VA. She received her BS and MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ganch is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Metal Program for the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that travels throughout the United States and abroad. A 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, Ganch’s work is featured in the 2015 exhibitions Material Fix (Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan WI), RUBBISH (Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI), and CRAFTED: Objects in Flux (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA). Her work has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and her 2014 exhibition TIED (Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA) was chosen as an Art Forum Critics’ Pick. Ganch has exhibited both nationally and internationally in such shows as Unexpected Pleasures (Design Museum, London, England, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), Heat Exchange (Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ, and Kunstmuseen der Stadt Erfurt, Galerie Waidspeicher im Kulturhof Krönbacken, Erfurt, Germany), Surface and Substance (Contemporary Applied Arts and Electrum Gallery, London, England and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales), and Evolution and Imagination (Cameron Museum, NC).

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Sienna Patti presents contemporary artist Susie Ganch July 24 to August 16

LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS (July 13, 2015)—Sienna Patti is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by artist and sustainability activist Susie Ganch. Land and Sea will be on view from July 24 to August 16, with an opening and artist reception on Saturday July 25 from 5pm to 7pm. In addition to Land and Sea, artist Lori Talcott will be presenting a special project at the gallery; both artists will give a short talk at 4:30pm prior to the reception. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Susie Ganch’s latest body of work reflects the evolution in her identity and approach as an artist and maker. Originally trained as a metalsmith, Ganch’s considerations of strength, fragility, and the interconnectedness of human experience and the environment have expanded from the intimate scale of personal adornment to large-scale constructions—organized structural systems that absorb and engulf the viewer into them. The collected detritus of our collective, everyday experience—used coffee lids, bags, bits of trash—are diverted from their path to the landfill, gathered and repurposed into precise, intricate networks, held together by tension and suspension, each piece vital and necessary to supporting the overall form.

Susie Ganch (b. 1971) is an artist currently living in Richmond, VA. She received her BS and MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ganch is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Metal Program for the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that travels throughout the United States and abroad. A 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, Ganch’s work is featured in the 2015 exhibitions Material Fix (Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan WI), RUBBISH (Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI), and CRAFTED: Objects in Flux (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA). Her work has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and her 2014 exhibition TIED (Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA) was chosen as an Art Forum Critics’ Pick. Ganch has exhibited both nationally and internationally in such shows as Unexpected Pleasures (Design Museum, London, England, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), Heat Exchange (Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ, and Kunstmuseen der Stadt Erfurt, Galerie Waidspeicher im Kulturhof Krönbacken, Erfurt, Germany), Surface and Substance (Contemporary Applied Arts and Electrum Gallery, London, England and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales), and Evolution and Imagination (Cameron Museum, NC).
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Based in Lenox Massachusetts, Sienna Patti is a project and exhibition based program focusing on the work of contemporary studio artists. The artists bridge the worlds of art, craft, and contemporary design with innovative use of materials and mediums. With a focus on contemporary studio jewelry the gallery also represents artists working in photography, sculpture and object. Sienna Patti is located at 80 Main Street and is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11am to 5pm, and Sundays through Tuesdays 11am to 3pm, or by appointment by calling 413-637-8386. More information is available at www.siennapatti.com.

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