P·P·O·W is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition with Suzanne Treister and Kim Rugg. Both women incorporate the contents of newspapers and transform them into their own iconography. By re-arranging and re-constructing the front page they not only physically transform the news, they create portals that make information malleable and transformative.
Suzanne Treister’s Alchemy (2007-8) series culls images and text from international newspapers and transforms them into alchemical drawings. “These works redeploy the languages and intentions of alchemy: the transformation 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 transformative power.” Re-organizing the contents of the newspapers, Treister’s large symbols are like formulaic maps that reveal the deeper meaning of what is printed on the page. Integrating symbols of alchemy, modern culture and recent histories, the revelations of past and future are mysteriously clear.
Suzanne Treister studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982) and is based in London. 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 organizations. Recent exhibitions and events 2006-7: British Museum, Dana Centre, London; Skolská 28, Prague; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Annely Juda Fine Art, London; Tate Britain, London. Upcoming exhibitions: Kunstverein Langenhagen, Annely Juda Fine Art; Galerie Lorenz, Frankfurt, Germany.