A mixed media collage, “What,” in artist Susan Marie Dopp’s exhibit at Isaac’s Gallery. Below, gouache and graphite on paper. (Emily Russo Miller Photo)
After a month of hypnotizing museum-goers with contrasting colors and repetitious patterns, Isaac’s Gallery is hosting a closing reception and brunch for local artist Susan Marie Dopp for her successful exhibit in the Nesselrodt Building.
The reception for the artist, and the last day the exhibit will be on display, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 24, in the Nesselrodt Building, 309 N. Virginia Ave. No RSVP is necessary, and the public is encouraged to attend.
Dopp, a former Roswell-Artist-in-Residence who settled in Roswell, displayed four phases of work from 1999-2010 in a geometrically abstract collection, “12 Years.” Also included were collages from 2011.
Some called the display “elegantly spare and playful,” while others heralded her use of color.
“They’re minimal; they’re peaceful; they use interesting, amazing colors,” local artist Nancy Fleming said about Dopp’s work.
Dopp says she was inspired by inner quiet and tranquility she experienced through meditation, as well as tessallation, which are patterns that fill a plane with no overlaps and no gaps. Tessallation can produce optical effects, like haloes and ghosts, around an object or image.
“These effects activate the space between the painting and the viewer, transforming a static situation into an event filled with movement and rhythm,” Dopp wrote in a statement. “This vibration, which is initially a visual phenomenon, gives rise to rhythms, which can be felt, literally, in one’s body. This feeling is analogous to the experience of deep mediation.”
Dopp’s artwork has mostly been exhibited in California, where she took a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. She has also had several solo shows at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and New York.
Her awards include the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award from SFMOMA, a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and a grant from the Pollack/Krasner Foundation. She was a fellow of the Roswell-Artist-in Residence program, sponsored by the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1989 and again in 2007.
The exhibit will be on display at Isaac’s Gallery from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, until Sept. 24.