April 2 - May 31, 2017
Opening Sunday, April 2, 2017 after the 2 pm cello performance by her brother Amit Peled.
Zemer Peled’s Suspension, 2017 is a site-specific environment composed of delicately interlocked porcelain lines suspended in air. This installation is presented alongside brother Amit Peled’s cello program “Journey with My Jewishness” and provides a physical composition in dialogue with Amit’s musical compositions. Just as the individual notes in a music rely on one another to create a whole, Zemer’s physical composition is composed of individual porcelain lines held together only by gravity to create a three-dimensional space. The process behind the installation is perilous: the artist adds the hooked porcelain fragments one by one, pushing the material to its limit to create a precarious yet sustained environment, manifesting the idea of musical notes sustained in time and space. As the installation grows more complex, the work is continuously in danger of collapsing from the weight of its own individual pieces.
The porcelain lines intertwine and evolve organically to create what Peled describes as a “three-dimensional drawing in space” which pulls inspiration from both natural forms and the concept of the melodic line. Additionally Suspension responds in kind to the repetitive process of combining a single unit, the musical note, to create a complex and multi-layered composition. Suspension is also informed by the device of tension and release in music. Among its various layers are: the literal tension of gravity holding the porcelain lines together, the emotional tension caused by the fact that the fragile pieces could break at any moment, and by the physical representation of a moment of musical tension caused by the sustaining of chord for an extended period of time. The notes of a sustained chord seem to be suspended in air, manifested through Peled’s installation which is suspended on the verge of change and awaiting resolution.
Amit and Zemer Peled were born and grew up with their family in a small kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. Despite the current geographical distance between them, Amit and Zemer are very close friends, and the siblings have collaborated previously for the 2014 exhibition Pablo and Me at the Cotuit Center for the arts in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Zemer received her BA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and her MA from the Royal College of Art in London. In recent years her work has been featured nationally and internationally in museums and galleries. She is currently visiting artist-in-residence at California State University, Long Beach.
When he is not performing, Amit is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.
April 2 - May 31, 2017
Opening April 2, 2017 after Amit Pele's cello performance.
Susana Amundaraín is a Venezuelan-born American artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Amundaraín’s work is represented in museums in South America and the United States, as well as in many private and corporate collections, such as PepsiCO, ALCOA, and Minitab.
Her paintings reflect the veiled mysteries and lights of uncharted territories, like those found in the rain forests and mesa mountains (tepuys) of her home country. She was also enchanted by visual poetry and text, which took her to the theatrical space as scenic designer and librettist.
She generally builds her paintings through a multiple layering of color transparencies and eroded surfaces, in a balance between a structured space and a formless atmosphere. Her media includes acrylic and collage on canvas and paper, installations, scenic designs and text.
In 1992 Dr. Phyllis Tuchman wrote a critical essay of her work based on twelve years of pictorial development. Here she observed: “Susana Amundaraín’s luminous, layered abstractions are beautiful and profound. With them this Venezuelan artist simultaneously addresses aesthetic as well as philosophical issues (…) Amundaraín has almost always made work that is non-representational. For her this is a commitment, not a fad. ”
Her production works include Explosión de una Memoria (1994) a painting-installation at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, based on a text by Heiner Müller, with environmental sound by husband, Efraín Amaya. In 1999, she collaborates with her daughter, Vanessa Briceño (filmmaker), Efraín Amaya (composer) and Carol Ciavonne (co-writer of lyrics) to create Clepsydra, a multimedia operatic performance. This was premiered as part of Pittsburgh’s celebrations of the new millennium. As a librettist, she also created the story and text for a children’s opera, Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria, with music by Efraín Amaya, premiering in 2007 by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Amundaraín has also developed set designs for plays staged by Grupo Theja in Venezuela, including the world-premiered piece Autorretrato de Artista con Barba y Pumpá by José Ignacio Cabrujas, under the direction of José Simón Escalona, and for choreographer and director André Koslowski, with TanzTheater André Koslowski in Pennsylvania, which premiered their most recent work in 2014.
Susann Amundaraín was born and raised in Venezuela. She lived and worked in Pennsylvania for years before moving to Minot, North Dakota in 2015 when her husband became the Director of the Minot Symphony Orchestra. They currently are collaborating on an opera composed by Maestro Efrain Amaya and librettist Susana Amundaraín.