By Erin Ryan
On a recent gray Saturday, the Visual Arts Collective (VaC) hummed with soft light and a murmur of the Flaming Lips. The high ceilings and huge floor space were accentuated by the fact that Sue Latta's latest collection of sculpture had yet to be hung, but gallery founders Samuel and Anneliessa Stimpert were almost ready to place each piece with regard to light, angle, balance and synergy.
Artist Sue Latta talks about her new show
Q: What does this show mean to you?
A: There are 16 pieces of mixed media sculpture. The materials include concrete, steel, latex, glass, rubber, resin, fabric, aluminum and stone (I think that's everything). The work is the physical embodiment of abstract human experience. For example, if you could create a physical embodiment of emotional pain, or actual pain, or fear, or pleasure, what would it look like? These pieces are the answer to that for me. Other than that, I can't really explain what it looks like. I think [people will] have to see it.
Q: What is the best thing about VaC's particular space in regard to your art?
A: VaC is a big, open industrial space. There is a material relationship, concrete, steel, glass, etc., that lends itself to this work. Beyond that, they are great people to work with!
Q: What are your favorite pieces in the show and why?
A: "S.O.S." (stands for seduction, obsession, and surrender) because it is seductive and beautiful at the same time that it's dark and scary. "Excoriate" because of the material ambiguity. I think this piece more than any makes you say "What is it?" and it has a seductive quality as well. And finally, "Let" because of the audience interaction. It draws people in in a way that I never anticipated. There we go with that seduction again I think there must be a theme here.