|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.