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Susan Silton

SUSAN SILTON resides in Los Angeles. Her multidisciplinary practice includes photographic and sculptural-based works, video, installation, performative and participatory works, text/audioworks, and printed projects, and is presented in diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions. Her project-based work engages multiple aesthetic strategies to mine the complexities of subjectivity and subject positions, often through poetic combinations of humor, discomfort, subterfuge and unabashed beauty. Silton’s work has been exhibited/presented nationally and internationally at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; LA><ART, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum; ICA/ Philadelphia; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, among others. Recent projects include the commissioned installation, In everything there is the trace at USC Fisher Museum, and the celebrated book project, Who’s in a Name? (both 2013). In November, 2015, Silton’s Whistling Project was included in SITE Santa Fe’s year-long series of exhibitions, SITE 20 years/20 shows, which included a commissioned performance by Silton’s women’s whistling group, The Crowing Hens. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, Art21, Art in America, X-TRA, ArtLies, Flash Art, and Cabinet.

Excerpt from A Sublime Madness in the Soul

Silton presented this performative work in August, 2015, through the windows of her then-studio in downtown Los Angeles, amidst rapid gentrification in the area.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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