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Sue Karnet: Perceptions

exhibition 02 April, 2014 - 29 April, 2014

[BBLA Gallery]


BBLA Gallery presents an exhibition of recent paintings by painter and sculptor Sue Karnet. In “Perceptions”, Karnet explores a fusion of total abstraction with recognizable imagery where layers of colors, shapes and lines form dynamic landscapes with notion of intersecting worlds.


The exhibition “Perceptions” features acrylic paintings and ink drawings created within the last 5 years, presenting the artist’s way of understanding and communicating by using sense and experience. “Perception is a way of understanding by using the senses and experiences. I understand what I see and who I am by painting. Using colors, textures, lines and shapes, I communicate how I experience the world. My paintings can also be a reflection of me. They are made by my hand and eye and in relation to the rest of my body and to the physical world.” said Sue Karnet.


14 medium size abstract paintings in the exhibition present dimensional compositions with spontaneous brushstrokes juxtaposed with flat shapes of solid colors. The small linear drawings on view provide a brief insight into Karnet’s practice of gestural outlines of objects, statues and animals, which have found their way into her new series of small circular paintings exploring historic significance of Roman and Greek cultures.


A second generation Czech-American, painter, sculptor and art professor Sue Karnet (b. 1961, New York) studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1983 and then at Hunter College where she worked with Robert Morris for her final thesis project from 1984-1986. Since then she has exhibited her work in SoHo, Chelsea, the East Village, 57th Street, Williamsburg, New Jersey, and Cairo, Egypt. During the 1980’s while studying at School of Visual Arts, Karnet began to exhibit her work in the avant-garde East Village art scene. She showed at The New Math Gallery, Club 57, Bess Cutler Gallery, among others. Grace Glueck, in The New York Times in 1983, reviewed one of her paintings that was in a show at The New Math Gallery.


In 1990 Karnet went to Cairo, Egypt to teach ceramics at Cairo American College where she had a solo show at Helwan University’s Faculty of Fine Art Education. The Dean of the college and a prominent Egyptian artist Farghali Abdel Hafiz organized the exhibit. “There are many sources of inspiration in Susan Karnet’s work and in spite of their abundance and variety they all appear in a harmonious framework. She has succeeded in realizing this through her daring brushstrokes and spontaneous recording of the images and themes that run throughout her work.”


Upon returning to New York, she participated in open studies and exhibited her work in the burgeoning Williamsburg art scene at the Minor Injury art gallery and The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. Her work is in private collections in the USA, Germany and Egypt. For the past fifteen years, she has been teaching Art History, Drawing, and Graphic Design at several colleges and universities including the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the City University of New York.


Sue Karnet’s father was Jiri Karnet (George Karnet, 1920-2011), a Czech-American writer, translator, journalist, set designer and theatre director. “He always encouraged me and was very interested in my work. We often discussed art and the creative process. I visited the Czech Republic for two extended trips. I have a strong attachment to my Czech roots” says Karnet.


Visit Sue Karnet's website.



BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 3rd floor New York, NY 10021

viewing hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

BBLA's exhibition space is occasionally closed for daytime events; please call 212-988-1733 to verify access.

Opening reception: Friday, April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.


All exhibiting works are for sale unless otherwise noted. For inquiries regarding the artists, their works or pricing please contact Katerina Kyselica at katerina@kadsny.com or call (cell) 540-538-2931.



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