Susan Hamburger explains that her works, “...address contemporary social and political issues by way of updated 17th- and 18th-century European design motifs... These become templates for illusionistic work made of ink, paper, paint, cardboard, foam board and paperclay- that masquerades as dinnerware, wallpaper paneling, and interior decor.” Réveillon-inspired panel paintings comprise the series, “Moral Hazard.” In economic theory, ‘moral hazard’ is a tendency to take undue risks because the costs will be borne by someone else. Having found an abundance of greed, hypocrisy and conflict of interest reflected in recent economic upheavals and sex scandals, Hamburger investigates the contemporary politicians, corporate executives and pundits responsible for setting the political, economic and social mores in the United States.
Susan Hamburger’s exhibition history includes shows at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, NYC; Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Mixed Greens, NYC; 601artspace, NYC; Artjail, NYC; Peel Gallery, Houston, TX; Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; PS122, NY; Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY; and Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She received awards or residencies at Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Abbey Mural Workshop, NYC; Henry Street Settlement A.I.R. Workspace, NYC; PS122, NYC; Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY; chashama, NYC; Aljira, Newark, NJ; and the Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY. Hamburger holds an MA in Art Education from The City College of New York/CUNY, an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and a BA from Brandeis University. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Low Road, 2009
Painted paper collaged (acrylic)
Triptych: center panel 72 x 24 inches
2 side panels 72 x 14 inches
Courtesy of the artist