Weekly file: community builder

Susan Metrican, Next Up: Top Cat, Acrylic on Canvas, 72 x 60 inches,  2012. Courtesy the artist.

As a champion of the the local art scene, this artist is getting noticed for both her activism in the community and her artwork.  We became familiar with her through a show she curated last year, but her own paintings caught our attention this past spring in a show we saw of up and coming local talent.  Her recent work explores how the viewer experiences the two-dimensionality of paintings -  almost aggressively confronting the viewer with a  flat seemingly impenetrable surface.   Her work is smart, thoughtful, and provocative.