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Resume & Review Susan Klebanoff
 
Albuquerque Arts Magazine
 
Selected Public Collections, Exhibitions & Education & Commissions
 
Susan Klebanoff has 35 years of experience working with international corporations and government entities to successfully transform lobby spaces in those office settings.

Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Art Gallery-Washington, DC
Museum of Modern Art - Nagoya, Japan
Chubu - Nippon Broadcasting - Nagoya, Japan
U.S. Ambassador's Residency - Formal Dining Room - Moscow, Russia
United States Embassy - Main Lobby - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Trammell Crow Corporation - Main Lobby - Charlotte, NC
IBM Corporation - Main Lobby - Gaithersburg, MD
TRW Corporation- Mail Lobby - Fairfax, VA
Mitsui Corporation - Main Lobby - Mie, Japan
Greater Baltimore Medical Center - Lobby - Baltimore, MD
Hilton Hotel - Main Lobby - Hartford, CT
U.S. Department of State - Conference Room - Washington, DC
Giant Foods, Incorporated - Main Lobby - Landover, MD
USA Today - President's Office - Rosslyn, VA
Design Group Consultants - Main Lobby - Toronto, Canada
Arthur Young & Company - Office - New York, NY
Rose Associates - Main Lobby - New York, NY
Veterans Administration Hospital - Chapel - Bronx, NY
Bear Sterns - Conference Room - Dallas, TX
ARCH Communications - President's Office - Hartford, CT
United States Embassy, Office - Bonn, Germany
First National Bank of Connecticut - Main Lobby - Hartford, CT
Argosy Oil Company - Main Lobby - Oklahoma City, OK
Manhattan West Medical Group - Office - New York, NY
Veterans Administration Hospital - Conference Room - Pittsburgh, PA
Newport News Shipbuilding - Conference Room - Newport News, VA
TRW - Conference Room - Cleveland, OH
Chase Enterprises - President's Office - Hartford, CT
Prudential Insurance Company - Main Lobby - Tyson's Corner, VA
Centennial Development Corporation - Main Lobby - Tyson's Corner, VA
IBM Corporation - Main Lobby - Washington, DC
Cullinet Softwares - Main Lobby - Boston, MA
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart - Conference Room - Washington, DC
Evans Company - Main Lobby - McLean, VA
Artery Organization - Main Lobby - Bethesda, MD
Peat Marwick - Reception - Washington, DC
Kaiser Permanente - Lobby - Kensington, MD
British Petroleum - Conference Room - Washington, DC
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-"Voyages of the Sea" Oslo, Norway
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-"Explorers of the Sea" Oslo, Norway
Royal Caribbean Cuise Line- "Adventures of the Sea" Oslo Norway
ATT Corporation- Washington DC
Oracle- Vienna, VA
Capital One Visa- McLean, VA
World Golf Village- Jacksonville, FL
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico,-Main Lobby-Albuquerque, NM
Norbertine Spiritual Retreat Center- ABQ, NM
Ball Law Offices- Rockville, MD
And many others

Selected Exhibitions:

Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center - Bangkok Thailand
University of Tokyo- Tokyo Japan “Woven Cosmos”
International Tapestry Exhibition, “From Lausanne to Beijing”- China 2008, & 2012
World Design Expo - Nagoya, Japan
US Ambassador’s Gallery - Moscow, Russia
Museum of Modern Art- Nagoya, Japan
Zenith Gallery-Washington, DC
Joe Wilcox Fine Arts -Sedona, AZ
Toronto International Art Fair - Toronto, Canada
Corcoran Gallery of Art - Group Show - Washington, DC
Milwaukee Arts Museum - Group Show - Milwaukee, WI
Evansville Museum of Art - Group Show - Evansville, IN
Mishkenot Sha'nanim Art Center – Residency-Jerusalem, Israel

and many others...

Education
1984-"Lake Biwa International Sculpture Symposia"- Shiga, Japan
1983- "Sculpture in the Open Air" Yorkshire, England
1982- "International Sculpture Conference"-Oakland, CA
1980- "International Sculpture Conference"- Washington, DC
1977- Bachelor of Fine Arts- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1973- Internship National Collection of Fine Arts-Washington, DC

 

 
If the quality of an artwork consists in its revealing the process of its creation, then the art of Klebanoff's work is apparent. The process is as bold as the images. Her works consistently question the reliability of fleeting sensory impressions. The aesthetic expression of the sculptural arrangements turns objects with inconsequential relationships into subjects that speak individually to the viewer. The inventory of forms constantly alters as the eye moves across and through the three-dimensional works or the viewer changes his position. Here, the sum of the parts is made whole when the viewer completes the image.

As Glasnost dawned, Klebanoff was the American artist who inaugurated the first American gallery in Moscow. She was one of two American artists invited to the World Design Expo in Nagoya, Japan. Canada, Israel, Sri Lanka and all parts America are among her ports of call, where her work is sought for consulates, embassies, public and private collections.

Consider this common definition of jazz: "A kind of native American music marked by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations that is a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom." The dynamic inherent in Klebanoff's work carries a similar appeal, as she weaves all three layers at once. It is a visual jazz that appears loose and easy but, when skillfully executed, represents a very disciplined abstract.

At times Klebanoff's work seems to peek into the fourth dimension, or delve into whimsical molecules. Her father was a leading international theoretical physicist who questioned the popular concepts of chaos theory. Perhaps this partly accounts for Klebanoff's effort to find order and continuity in the seemingly random. Part of that continuity is the time which is so apparent in the creation of her art. Time that also shows the workings of the human hand.

There are paradoxes in the creation of Klebanoff's art. Her feet dance across the pedals of the loom, which is as under control as a player piano pounding its keys. But for all the energy expended for this physically demanding form, the artist must accept that "the loom remains a large piece of machinery that produces slowly amid a very meditative rhythm." Yet the result is highly kinetic.

Klebanoff hand-dyes her yarn and paints the threads to create a canvas at its most basic form. This is, however, a three-dimensional canvas on which there is an interplay of color and sculptural elements. The unique color combinations add to the poetic sensuality of found items. Light and shadow become similar materials, not unlike the appearance of light in the water that has captivated the artist with its physical presence.

Klebanoff often focuses on things that lend a joyful mood, and the uplift is woven into her work. A theme she often visits is that of a wave of water, which she finds "almost universally symbolic of power and persistence." Another is the "void or the unknown" which she finds to have "a structure of its own, which is not discovered until the risk is taken to enter the Unknown."

Less unknown is one common reaction. Viewers in every culture ultimately slip to the side of her hanging works, as if looking for the wizard behind the curtain. They're still looking.

Skip Kaltenheuser

 

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