Suzanne Wright, Exiting the Death Star

Los Angeles based artist, Suzanne Wright, has been exploring what lies inside (or beyond) cracks, crevices, tunnels and holes in colorful inventive ways throughout her career.

Los Angeles based artist, Suzanne Wright, has been exploring what lies inside (or beyond) cracks, crevices, tunnels and holes in colorful inventive ways throughout her career. Wright’s “glory holes” are target-like (think early Frank Stella) painted constructions, or they explode collage-style using 70’s porno pin-up girls, along side Wright’s meticulous and expert renderings of good ol’ American infrastructure; dams, roads and bridges.

Wright’s current solo show, “Exiting the Death Star” on view at Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), takes us deep into the dark hole. Referencing “Star Wars” (The second trilogy circa 1977) when Luke Skywalker steers the Millennium Falcon out of the exploding Death Star, Wright’s vision is replete with disco balls and a rendering of a Mormon Church standing in for Darth Vader’s HQ. Mitt Romney Prop 8 say wha?

If you’re feeling a little nostalgic about all of this, then you’d of been a tween during the decade of “Dance Fever.” Holla.

But don’t take all this kitsch at face value, because Wright is also a product of the ActUp decade. And in between tongue and cheek, you’ll find sophisticated commentary on the female body, queer identity, and equality politics.

 

Catch the closing of “Exiting the Death Star”
at Commonwealth & Council (in Korea town)
Location: 3006 W 7th St #220
Los Angeles CA 90005

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 6 PM
Closes – June 2nd.