Susan Bolles

Susan Bolles

Photograph by Friðgeir Helgason

Susan Bolles is a painter and printmaker who lives in downtown Los Angeles. She works as a freelance Art Director in film and television. Recent credits include: Scrubs, Cougar Town, and Red State.

phone 213-304-0470 email info@susanbolles.com

Artist Statement

Why Plastic...

There are deep rich stories buried in the simple stuff that surrounds us.

I grew up just a few miles down the road from the Plastics Capital of the World, birthplace of Tupperware and the plastic pocket comb. An ordinary place making ordinary things for ordinary people.

So, what happens when a humble plastic bag is elevated as art? Abstracted from its original reality – which is my reality - it goes Rorschach with subliminal messages. Teetering ever so politely on the edge of fetish, it gives me Superman’s x-ray vision. It grows eyes that wink and legs that dance. It gets fresh. I feel petulant - I want to be a Bond girl with clear plastic boots, hat and dress.

Sometimes I blush at just how provocative a plastic bag can be.

About the lithographs and monotypes

Printed on a German 1958 Mailänder offset proofing press by master printer Francesco X. Siqueiros at El Nopal Press in Los Angeles, California. All works published by the artist.

Exhibitions - Group Shows

2012

Art Rental & Sales Gallery at LACMA, continuing, Los Angeles, CA
Spin, Downtown Art Walk at Miguel Osuna Studio, Los Angeles, CA
33rd Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational

2011

El Nopal Press at LA Print: Edition 2, hosted by Prints & Drawings Council of LACMA
Beyond Impressions, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call LA 2011, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Summer 2011
Los Angeles Printmaking Society Members Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
Juried by Mike McGee
4th Annual Benefit Auction for Project Angel Food, Los Angeles, CA, Invitational
Art Rental & Sales Gallery at LACMA, Summer Exhibition, May-July 2011, Los Angeles, CA
32nd Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational
The Sudden School, 118 Winston, Los Angeles, CA
Not a C.A.R. Car, for Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany in collaboration with Gallery
825/LAAA Los Angeles, CA Juried by Silvia Sonnenschmidt and Thomas Volkmann
Women! Images & Interpretations 2, Gallery 800, North Hollywood, CA, Curator Denis Olsen
gem, Gallery 825/LAAA Los Angeles, CA
Fast Living, Gallery 825/LAAA Los Angeles, CA, Juried by Elizabeth East
El Nopal Press at Photo LA, Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

2010

El Nopal Press at LA Print: Edition 1, hosted by Prints & Drawings Council of LACMA
31st Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational
eclecticism, Optical Allusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
gem! Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA
Downtown LA Artist Reunion Show, 410 Boyd, Los Angeles, CA Invitational

2009

Aurora, Gallery 825/LAAA Los Angeles, CA
Off the Wall, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Temporary Installation, Downtown Art Walk, San Fernando Building, Los Angeles, CA
118 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Exposición del Taller Nopal Press, Los Ángeles, el Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO) Oaxaca, Mexico
Sunflower Show, Stelladottir, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call LA 2009, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Canadians, Raw Materials, Los Angeles, CA
30th Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational

2008

Open Show 2008, Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA Juried by David Pagel
Art Share, Los Angeles, CA Curated by Lilli Muller
29th Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational
410 Boyd, Los Angeles, CA Curated by Lilli Muller
Architectonic Museography, El Nopal Press, Los Angeles, CA Curated by Francesco X. Siqueiros
Megapolis Osmosis, Harvest Gallery, Glendale, CA

2007

Aurora, Gallery 825/LAAA Los Angeles, CA
Go Native, Gallery 825/Phantom Galleries, Pasadena, CA December Juried by Karen Constine
39th National Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA Fall Juried by Susan Parke
2007 Biannual, LAAA South | The Michael Napoliello Gallery, Fall, Hermosa Beach, CA Juried by Alma Ruiz
Recent Paintings, Stelladottir, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call LA 2007, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Summer
Liminal, Phantom Galleries, Pasadena, CA June, Organized by Brian and Mary Jean Mallman
Art + Architecture for Gallery 825/LAAA West Hollywood, CA, May, Juried Fundraiser
LAAA/G825 at the Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, CA, Juried by Stuart Denenberg

2006

Small Wonders II, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA, Juried Fundraiser
Interplay, Harvest Gallery, Glendale, CA August
Consumerism and Product #2, Gallery Revisited, Los Angeles, CA July, Curated by Leora Lutz
Group Exhibition Area, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA March

2005

Small Wonders, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA, Juried Fundraiser
Open Call 2005, Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA Juried by Wesley Jessup, Prize Winner
2005 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Summer
50/50, Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA Juried by Jamie Wilson
26th Annual Venice Art Walk Auction Venice, CA Invitational

2004

Visual Vernacular, Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, CA 2004 Juried by Noel Korten
Nightmare on 18th Street, Pandemonium Collective at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Breaking Ground, Pandemonium Collective at Selah, Los Angeles, CA
Currents, Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call LA 2004, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Logarithm, DADA, Downtown Arts Development Association, Los Angeles, 1999

Affiliation

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Los Angeles Printmakers Society
SGC International
Art Directors Guild
United Scenic Artists

Education

MFA New York University - Tisch School of the Arts 1982-1985
BA University of Massachusetts - Amherst 1978-1982

Current as of January 2013