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January, 2022

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Tue04Jan9:00 AM2:00 PMThe Oregon YearsSusanne Nestory9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Peoria Art Guild, 203 Harrison St Event Organized By: Peoria Art Guild Event Type :Art ExhibitCost:FREE


(Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Peoria Art Guild

203 Harrison St

Event Details

Opening Reception on First Friday
January 7, 2022, 5-9 PM

Gallery Hours
Tues – Sat 9-2 or by appointment

Susanne Nestory’s densely structured compositions, resemble Abstract Expressionism, although the motives for her compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters. Her “White” works were inspired by her time in Antarctica where geologists were examining glacier ice cores. Miniscule particles made known their presence in a bold way, striking pose against a stark white background. From these grew a stunning collection of paintings on exhibition at the Peoria Art Guild.

Nestory developed a unique style for this series of work, all characterized by metaphysical-like references, all-over abstraction, and densely calligraphic markings, which were central to the development of American modernism in painting in its impetus in the last 20th century..  Her signature style for this body of work emerged from a sustained investigation of visual traditions bringing together–line and space, movement and serenity— all which were grounded in an exploration of mindfulness and spirituality, rather than the expressive physicality of the Abstract Expressionists. With this method the artist painted frenetic rhythms, with interweaving lights and the frequent mark-making which are all entangled in the mesh of a “net” that serves as a matrix.

The development of Susanne Nestory’s work has been more subconscious than conscious. These paintings are not works employing intellectual deductions but are more aligned with self-contained contemplation. There is a pervasive calmness that overwhelms the energy-charged underpainting of each work by gently and quietly giving relief to the viewer’s close examination of her work. These paintings, which include subtle elements from the real world, are densely packed compositions in which details, rendered in tones that swirl in and through her ambiguous spaces. They are reflective and meditative if allowed by the viewer.

The square format offers a focused, intimate experience but does not restrict the energy of the painting to be confined.  At times, the artist trusted her powerful sense of presentation to rotate the square to a rhombus orientation. Here the opposing parallel sides balance the work without conflict, and the combination of 180 degrees affords us to participate in a circular view of her mark-making from an aerial viewpoint.  The artist’s search for a language that could express her diverse interests and unify the apparent inner-personal worlds with ineffable spirit of humanity, is vividly captured.

In our project space we will also be exhibiting Time and Reflection, a series of large scale drawings by Chris Holbrook, her partner of 17 years, before his passing in 2018.




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