Artwork by Suzanne LaFleur

Antonio’s Pick: Suzanne LaFleur “Untamed”

New York never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s a tasty new ethnic dish, a new band’s seductive melody, or the discovery of an exciting new art venue, this city is always surprising me. During one of my short strolls outside the office, I came upon a rather large sign with the words “Art Exhibition” and an even larger arrow tempting me, saying “Come hither, Antonio, there’s great stuff within!” And although my belly ached for lunch and I had already exhausted most of my break time, I couldn’t help myself and walked in.

I was greeted by a wide, flawless dark wood floor below a glimmering chandelier. For a moment, I felt as if I had instantly traveled back to another time. A time where art salons were the norm – where folks who wished to be surrounded by paintings, culture, and damn good intelligent conversation over fine wine – gathered and shared ideas. I had entered Untamed the “pop-up” art exhibition of abstract painter Suzanne LaFleur at the sumptuous Bogardus Mansion.

Organized by David Grossman of DG Management, the exhibition features bold use of contrasting colors, textures, and my personal favorite – drips! What pulls me into LaFleur’s work the most is her ability to place each new form in subsequent layers with careful thought. There’s a lot of painterly chaos here, but somehow LaFleur pieces still breathe; they leave the viewer with just enough oxygen to wade through the vivid ocean of paint. Her forms and brushstrokes rise above and retain their identities despite frequent collisions with each other.

Come meet Suzanne and don’t miss the closing reception this Wednesday May 23rd from 7 to 10 PM at Bogardus Mansion (75 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007. I shall also be there for some damn good intelligent conversations. Exhibition open through May 24th.