Suzanne Caporael's understated collages

Suzanne Caporael's Enough Is Plenty was a quiet show. Caporael's focus is the hierarchy of perception.
Will Heinrich writes for the GalleristNY


There are worse things you could do with The New York Times than cut blocks of color out of its photos and advertisements and glue them together, as Suzanne Caporael does, into elegant, postcard-size, abstract collages. In 028 (like calculus), five superimposed sections make a neat white frame around a vertical bicolor of violet-black and pale blue. A golden yellow curve sinks down from the top toward a white square with a muddy purple corner folded in. A slightly muddled edge above the darker half, three round bumps at the bottom, faint white lines where the framing newsprint covers another piece’s edge, some type on the verso just barely showing through, and the partial date—the piece was made this year, sometime after the 10th of a month ending in “y”—all pull together, as curated accidents and gracefully understated decisions. more
Suzanne Caporael, Installation view

014 (like the wisdom of Smith, 1), 2012-13, NYT newsprint collage, 7 x 5 inches, 17.8 x 12.7 cm, A/Y#21077

015 (like the wisdom of Smith, 2), 2012-13, NYT newsprint collage, 7 3/8 x 5 inches, 18.7 x 12.7 cm, A/Y#21078


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