Susan Fishgold at Arsenal
by Will Grant
The greatest brilliance of colors is seen in the art of Susan Fishgold, who takes advantage of the ample space at the Arsenal Gallery, Fifth Avenue and 64 Street in Central Park, in "The Dance of Nature," April 18 to 28, to show selections from work of the past three years.
One can see that Fishgold is an outstanding colorist, a swashbuckling painter with great verve. Her intensity transforms her pieces into areas of luminous protoplasm. She also arrives at greater movement within her composition by repeating the motif. She may employ three large forms of differing color harmonies, or even a quadriptych, as in "Flight III #4." "Flight Dance Rhythm I," 1989, has 16 parts.
These large works on paper are mainly monotypes with oil based silk screenings, and acrylic paint. Two watercolors are of the roots of trees that inspired her on Monhegan Island. Though her motifs are abstractly leaves, flowers, and tree branches, one cannot describe the brilliant shimmering colors Susan Fishgold achieves, while aIso revealing in some areas the finest subtlety of colors and color harmony.
ArtSpeak; A Twice a Month Gallery Review, Vol. X, No. 16, April 16, 1989