Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Susana Reisman, Finishing Room (Laforest Industries), Perth-Andover, 2014. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40”.
Susana Reisman, Finishing Room (Laforest Industries), Perth-Andover
Susana Reisman, Respirator Mask (Custom Prototypes), 2015. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40”.
Susana Reisman, Respirator Mask (Custom Prototypes)
Susana Reisman, Table Saw Study on Ash (Detail), 2015. 3.5 x 12 x 50”.
Susana Reisman, Table Saw Study on Ash (Detail)
2016 Featured Exhibition

Susana Reisman
On The Surface

May 1–June 12, 2016
180 Shaw St No. 302

On The Surface is a poetic presentation of Toronto-based artist Susana Reisman’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Featuring a selection of large-scale colour photographs arranged in relationship to several smaller freestanding sculptures, the artist’s new works encompass aspects of drawing and painting even as they foreground relationships between sculpture and photography.

In her surprisingly painterly photographs of industrial wood finishing rooms, Reisman makes visible, through the material’s apparent absence, the many layers and intensive labour required to resurface wood products for commercial purposes. Conversely, her exquisitely tactile sculptures, left in various states of fabrication and finish, evince the vivid and varied marks of the artist’s experimental method of “drawing” into their surfaces with a table saw. Where the photographs speak to processes of surfacing in wood’s absence, the wood sculptures make present an awareness of surface by the tangible marks made upon them, a visible index of Reisman’s manual explorations.

As a meditation on both formal and conceptual interfaces between wood’s multiple planes, On The Surface is a visual delight that belies a deeper concern and ambivalence toward humanity’s desire for perfection as expressed in its fraught relationship with the natural world.

Curated by Shani K Parsons

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.