Susan Wides | and something happens to the light

17 March - 1 May 2021
  • Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is delighted to present and something happens to the light”, a solo exhibition of photographs by New York camera artist Susan Wides. The exhibition will run from March 20th – May 1st, 2021. Wides made these photographs close to home in the Kaaterskill Clove of the Catskills—the luminous mountain landscape favored by 19th c Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole. Both artists’ works reflect on the spirit and experience of this place and its imperiled nature. These photographs are a continuation of Wides' shift toward the abstract and seem to have taken on a new meaning in these challenging times. 

    The title of Susan Wides’ new photographs 'and something happens to the light' is a line from a poem Robert Kelly wrote in response to her work:

  • The works picture a fusion between abstraction and an ecologically-driven representation, drawing attention to the luminous color and light buried within the forest landscape.

  • After scouting for spectacular light, waters’ flux, precise leaf color and geology, Wides constructs sets for her photographs by streams and rocks in the forests throughout the changing seasons. 


    On-site, her process is one of call-and–response, as she works with the focus levels of her camera lens, the depth of her constructed set, and a spatial imagination. 

  • Looking at the photographs now, the therapeutic power of nature is more prevalent. The still mountain setting is calming and...

    Looking at the photographs now, the therapeutic power of nature is more prevalent. 


    The still mountain setting is calming and for a moment, we too are able to renew our union with nature, and detach from the stress of today's current events.

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  • Biography

    Susan Wides has lived and worked as a camera artist in New York City since the 1980s. Her  home in the Hudson Valley/ Catskills has played an equally important part in her work since 2002. Known for her urban and rural works, botanical garden and waxwork photographs, the artist draws on her ongoing fascination with the processes of perceiving and photography. Foregrounding the language of the lens and its conceptual, psychological and formal dimensions, she references cultural and personal memory and imbues her work with a transcendent sense of place.


    Exhibitions include a mid-career survey at The Hudson River Museum accompanied by a 100-page catalogue. The show consisted of three interconnected bodies of work—urban photographs of New York City, landscapes of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley suburbs.


    Previous solo exhibitions include Kim Foster Gallery, NYC; The Center for Creative Photography, AZ; Art in General; MTA Arts for Transit; PS122; Visual Studies Workshop, NY; John Jay College, NY; Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, NY; and Urbi et Orbi Galerie, Paris. Group exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; High Museum of Art; Middlebury College Museum of Art; Pierre Bernard Gallery, Nice, FR; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Gallery at Vassar College; Howard Greenberg Gallery; Cornell University Gallery; Julie Saul Gallery; Ronald Feldman Gallery; The Bronx Museum; Museum of the City of New York; Princeton University Museum; The Brooklyn Museum; The New York Public Library and Municipal Art Society, New York.


    Work by the artist is held in public collections, including The International Center of Photography, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Art Museum of Princeton University, NJ; La Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, FR; The Haifa Museum of Art; The Center for Creative Photography, AZ; The Norton Museum of Art, FL; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum, NY; The New York Public Library; The New School, NY; Hudson River Museum; The Samuel Dorsky Museum; Indiana University Museum; Kenyon College and the Museum of The City of New York.


    Anthologies containing the artist’s work include ‘New York in Color’ (Abrams), ‘A Photographer’s City’ (Rizzoli), ‘Lives of the Hudson’ (Prestel), ‘One Man’s Eye’ (Abrams) and ‘Here is New York’ (Scalo). Wides’ work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Camerawork, Village Voice, Le Monde, The Guardian, Doubletake, The Washington Post, Vogue, Harper’s and New York, among others.


    Susan Wides is the Director and Curator of ‘T’ Space, a nonprofit gallery dedicated to the cross-inspiration of art, poetry, architecture, and music in the woodlands of the Hudson Valley.