Statement

"We work until we vanish" -Philip Guston

As artists, we spend hours, days, years in the studio analyzing, experimenting, observing and discussing. But the magic occurs in stillness.

 

Nothing is more satisfying, exciting nor mysterious than when a new and clearer level of seeing and guidance takes command. The conditioned mind subsides; the paint takes charge and I become the messenger.   

 

My interest in scale has varied over the years. For a long time, I needed to work very large. Usually 7' x 7'. It's physical, demanding and aggressive. I would start with a simple structure, build it up, obliterate it and bring it back again. Forms appear and are developed. Others are eliminated. The process of building up and tearing down would take place over months and months.

 

Then something shifted. I craved making smaller paintings (often 6" x 6") and wanted the process to be immediate. Either the first spontaneous, bold marks worked or they didn't. As can be imagined, frustratingly, they often didn't, but when the positive/negative space, composition and forms came together with both tension and harmony, the result was satisfying. Can "very simple" be exciting? I want to find out. 

 

Patterns (dots, in particular) grabbed my attention. Can something as simple as a dot have a personality? An attitude? Is the dot lonely? Or rebellious? How do they behave when they're in a crowd? Bolder and braver, perhaps? The dots became my friends and were endlessly interesting and full of surprises. 

 

One of the reasons working and playing with paint is so satisfying, is because paint handling has no limits. I can splatter, scrape, scratch, smear and drip...whatever the canvas or paper in front of me requests (or demands).

 

The only certainty is that the paint is in charge; my job is to listen and respond. 

Susan Aulik 2019

Exhibitions

Education

2019

6th Annual Juried Show, Piedmont Center of the Arts, Juried by Carin Adams, Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California, and Nancy Lim, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 

"Eight at the Fourth" , The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA

Sloan Miyasato Fine Art, San Francisco CA

2017

The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland CA (solo)

2016

CRC Visual and Performing Arts Center "Chromatic Distortions" Yoshio Taylor, Curator

 

The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA (ongoing)

2015

O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA "Bay Area Women Artists" Donna Seager and Suzanne Grey, Jurors

 

Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA "Variations on Abstraction: 2010-2014" Robert Ray, Curator

Gearbox Gallery, Oakland CA (solo)

Olson Gallery, Benicia CA (solo)

2014 

Gallery 621, Benicia, CA (solo)

 

Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

 

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2013

2012

2018

2009

San Francisco Studio School, San Francisco, CA

2007

Chroma Gallery, Sacramento, CA

California State University, Sacramento, CA Master of Fine Arts

1972

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Master of Science in Journalism

1969

University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Bachelor of Arts

Alex Bult Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

Gallery 621, Benicia, CA

 

O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Temp Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento CA (solo)

 

The Depot, Mill Valley CA

 

Alex Bult Gallery, Sacramento CA

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

2011

Yolo County Art Council, Woodland, CA

 

ICB, Sausalito, CA

2010

Center of Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

 

O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Donna Seager, Juror

 

ICB, Sausalito, CA

2009

Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA

2008

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

 

O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2007

University Union Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2nd place as juried by faculty

2006

Chroma Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA Award of Merit

2005

Chroma Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Awards & Recognition

2014

Producer of short animated film, "The Star" Premiered at Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival. Vimeo Staff Pick Award

2013

Producer of full-length documentary film, "Friends of Mine" Premiered at Hollywood Film Festival

2008-09

President, Board of Directors

 

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

1975-89

Founder and President: Aulik & Associates, Inc.

  -89

Clients included: Stanford Shopping Center, bebe, Pier 39, Bear Valley Ski Resort and North Beach Leather

Collectors

Charles Somers, CEO, SBM Management Services, Aspen, CO

Kevin McBride, Partner, Jones Days Attorneys, Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Erickson, Managing Director of Investments, Merrill Lynch,

San Francisco, CA

Jerry Montgomery, President, Montgomery Kayak Designs,

Sacramento, CA

California State University, Sacramento Permanent Collection,

Sacramento, CA

William Lyon, Business Development Associate, Metier Project

Portfolio, Management Solutions, Santa Rosa, CA

Matthew Palmer, President, Elsewhere Pictures, Sausalito, CA

Raven's Corner, Archival framers, Sacramento, CA

Phillip Cunningham, Attorney and President of the Center for

Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

Missy and Gary Nance, Sacramento, CA

Resa Shore, President, Financial Recovery, Inc., Napa, CA

Robert and Nancy Lea, Yolo County, CA

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