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Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Exhibition Detail
Bloom Projects: Susanna Vapnek, Sundowner
653 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

May 20th, 2012 - July 8th, 2012
May 20th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tea Fire, Susanna VapnekSusanna Vapnek, Tea Fire,
2011, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
© Courtesy the Artist
santa barbara
Tue.-Sat. 11-5 Sun. noon-5

Inspired by the 2008 Tea Fire, Susanna Vapnek’s paintings tap into the intensity of shared community experience with emotive, apocalyptic representations of the Santa Barbara fire season. The exhibition is titled Sundowner, a reference to dangerous and uncontrollable hot winds that descend from the mountains to the sea fueling fires into raging infernos. Her Southern California landscapes expose the fluidity, energy, and dark side of a region often viewed as an eternal paradise.

New York-based Susanna Vapnek received a BA, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and a MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. A painter and collage artist, as well as documentary filmmaker, Vapnek spends time in Santa Barbara, CA.

Special thanks to: Andrea Lang Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; Brush & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA

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