On this page you will find a brief summary of recent works and projects
by Suzanne Treister with examples of works on the left of this page.
The links below link to relevant articles on Suzanne Treister's web site.
Suzanne Treister (b.1958 London, UK) studied at St Martin’s School
of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
She is now
based in London having lived in Australia, New York and Berlin. Primarily
a painter through the 1980s, Treister was a pioneer in the digital/new
media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, developing fictional
worlds and international collaborative organisations. Treister’s
practice deals with notions of identity and history.
watercolour project (NSC) 2004 -2008 utilises NATO's
codification system which allows it to describe and classify large parts
of the world around
animals, electronic equipment and musical instruments are ordered and
represented in a way that make them comprehensible and accessible to
the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation so that they can be articulated
and used by the Military.
Alchemy series of works
takes information from front covers of daily newspapers; The Financial
Times, Jüdische Allgemeine, Al-Ahram,
Dziennik Polski, The Guardian, Le Figaro and The New York Times,
into alchemical drawings, reframing the world as a place animated by
strange forces, powers and belief systems.
These works redeploy the languages and intentions of alchemy: the transmutation
of materials and essences and the revealed understanding of the world
as a text, as a realm of powers and correspondences which, if properly
understood, will allow man to take on transformative power.
The Alchemy series includes also a 5.5 metre wall drawing, A
Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions: Weapons, Warfare and Security. Treister
has drawn up a history documenting innovations of imaginary and fantastic
military technology. The format in which she organises this information
schema of the connected circles of the tree of life or the Sephirot,
from the Jewish mystical traditions of the Kabbalah, a representation
of linkages between the worlds above
and the physical world below and which map stages of transformation
between these realms.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe 324 sheets of letterheaded
paper from governments, presidential offices, embassies, NGOs, arms companies
and corporations are reproduced in pencil and arranged in 9 cool elegant
grids. The grids crackle with
the invisible energy of exchange, of correspondence, of plotting, of
the covert and the overt, the hidden
as well as the official.
Artists is a group of 12 portrait drawings. From Laura Knight to Tsuguharu Foujita
to Michael D. Fay to Steve McQueen the images span
the Second World War and the Iraq war. These small drawings pose deep
complex questions about the agendas
and possibilities of art and how it might represent the worlds around
us, about the relationship between
representation and power.
The work Emeyefive was exhibited at the Frieze Art fair, October 2010:
Born in 1935, Stella Rimington was Director-General of MI5 from 1992
been divided between
Services, archival work, amateur dramatics, family and spy-fiction
writing.Two parts of the triptych(left & right) are 50 drawings from
the autobiography of Stella Rimmington. The centre drawing is a single
felt tip drawing; Alchemy: At Risk, a spy-ficton novel by Stella Rimmington.
The DVD is looped CCTV footage of Stella Rimmington giving a lecture
Suzanne Treister has exhibited widely: 2008: Alchemy, P.P.O.W., New
York; Alma Enterprises, London; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; 2007:
Bethanien, Berlin; New Art Gallery, Walsall; Annely Juda Fine Art,
London; Tate Britain; Basekamp, Philadelphia; HEXEN2039 in London at
space, Warburg Institute,
Ognisko Polskie, Science Museum, British Museum, Dana Centre
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