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Suzanne Banning (dutchgirl)

Suzanne Banning (dutchgirl)

During my process I shoot images while listening to my favorite music (Tori Amos and Bjork among others); I dance and sing with my camera in my hand and submerge myself in waves of sound that draw me into the world in which my images are born. The pictures are taken randomly, yet in a controlled manner: the flip-out monitor of my camera allows me to see the results immediately, and this gives me the opportunity to react straightaway. This interaction is crucial, and is the main reason I use digital photography. I don’t use Photoshop to manipulate. When the disciplined dance-trance dominates me during the shooting, my arm whips the camera around with long and short strokes and catches glimpses of the emotions that I’m generating. Before I start shooting I have a vague idea of what I want to show in the images, often nothing more than a compilation of emotions and poses that I need for the concept of that particular idea. In other words, I never know exactly what and when it’ll hit me, but I recognize it when it strikes a chord.

Exhibitions

Solo-exhibitions

2007
"Beyond Lolita", New Gallery / Thom Andriola, Houston, Texas.

2006
Fotofest show “Pele, Goddess of the Volcano”, New Gallery / Thom Andriola, Houston, Texas.

2005
de Aanschouw Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2004
“La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas. *Review

Selected Group exhibitions:

2008
“Subject to Change”, Fotofest Group Show (Suzanne Banning, Elinor Carucci and Allison Hunter), TCA (Texas Collaborative Arts) "Red Square" Annex, Houston, Texas.

"Six Viewpoints", Fotofest Group Show (Suzanne Banning, Cheryl Kelley, David Levinthal, Ruta Perzynska, Jay Rusovich and Susanne York), New Gallery / Thom Andriola, Houston, Texas.

Fotofest Group Show, The Meridian, Houston, Texas.

2007
"Camp Marfa", Crazywood Gallery, Huntsville, Texas. Curated by Wayne Gilbert. *Catalog (illustrated)

"Camp Marfa", The Art Depot in Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Wayne Gilbert. *Catalog (illustrated)

“Amistad; Texas Art in Peru”, Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) in Trujillo, Peru. Curated by Gus Kopriva. *Catalog (illustrated)

"Camp Marfa", Fort Russell Building, Marfa, Texas. Curated by Wayne Gilbert. *Catalog (illustrated)

“Amistad; Texas Art in Peru”, Museo de la Nación in Lima, Peru. Curated by Gus Kopriva. *Catalog (illustrated)

"Texas Visual Arts Association National 2007", Irving Arts Center, Irving Texas. Juried by Andrea Karnes, Curator of the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. *Catalog (illustrated) Honorable Mention.

“Houston City Hall Annex Art on Loan Show”, Houston, Texas. Curated by Karen Rezai and Gus Kopriva.

"Let’s Dance: Chapalango", Art Galerie Siegen, Germany. Organized by Art Galerie & photographers:network, Thomas Kellner. *Catalog (illustrated)

2006
"The BIG Show", Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas. Juried by Dominic Molon, Pamela Alper Associate Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

“Houston Contemporary Art”, Shanghai Art Museum, China. Curated by Gus Kopriva and Christopher Zhu. *Catalog (illustrated)

2005
"City Hall Project", Houston, Texas. Curated by Gus Kopriva.

“The Back Room” – a companion gallery show for the City Hall Project curated by Gus Kopriva and Wayne Gilbert, DIG 101 Gallery, Houston, Texas.

“Face”, ArtCar Museum, Houston Texas.

“New American Talent: The Twentieth Exhibition”, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas. Juror: Dan Cameron, Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art New York. (June – August 2005, on tour to venues in Texas until summer 2007) *Catalog

"The Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2005 Show", Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas. Juror: Dominic Molon, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.

“Happy nude year”, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston Texas.

2004
“Great Things in Small Packages”, Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas, Texas.

“Consul-Arte”, Arte Las Americas Gallery, Houston Texas. An initiative sponsored by South American and European Consulates.

“New Texas Talent XI” a state-wide juried exhibition, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
Juror: Gail Sachson.

“I love red”, The Art House, Houston, Texas.

“21st Juried Open Exhibition”, Visual Arts Alliance, William’s Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Sally Sprout.

“Cross currents”, Fotofest group show, Gallery 101, Houston, Texas.
Curators: Gus Kopriva and Wayne Gilbert. *Catalog (illustrated)

Fotofest 2004 four person group show (Suzanne Banning, Irene Clouthier, Christopher Olivier, Dylan Vitone), Art League Houston, Texas. *Review (illustrated)

“Coastal Connections: Contemporary Art from Houston and Corpus Christi”, Weil Gallery, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas. Curated by Gus Kopriva.

“Houston in Art”, The Art House, Houston, Texas.

2003
"7th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition", The Arts Alliance Center At Clear Lake. Nassau Bay, Texas. Juror: Bill Frazier.

"Open Show 2003”. Art League Houston, Houston, Texas.
Jurors: Dr. Robert Card & Karol Kreymer

“Twenty first Juried Membership Exhibition”, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Polly Hammett.

“Annual Print Exhibition“, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA), Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas.

“Humid: hot, wet and sticky”, group show, part of “Ulterior Motifs #5”. Organized by Wheeler Bro’s Studios, Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Gus Kopriva, owner of the Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas.

“The Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2003 Show”, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas. Juror: Connie Butler, Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

“Dishman Competition 2003”, Dishman Art Gallery, Beaumont, Texas.
Juror: W. Jackson Rushing III, Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Art at the University of Houston.

2002
“20th Annual Membership Exhibition”, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Clint Willour, Executive Director and Curator at the Galveston Arts Center.

“I-45 Combined”, group show, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, TX.
Curator: Michael Collins, artist and Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

“8th Annual National Juried Photography Competition”, Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, Texas.
Juror: Lynne Lokensgard, Professor of Art History at the Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and director of the Dishman Art Gallery.

“Dia de Los Muertos”, retablo show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.

"The Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2002 Show", Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas. Juror: James Rondeau, curator at “The Art Institute of Chicago”.

“19th Annual Open Juried Exhibition”, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Marysol Nieves, Senior Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. First Prize.

“Viewpoint 2002”, Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, Texas.
Juror: D.Clarke Evans, President / CEO of the Texas Photographic Society.

“Alchemy”, Fotofest Group Show, Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas.
Curated by Gus Kopriva. *Catalog

“Project Phoenix” fundraising for the Red Cross, Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas.

“Faces III International Juried Art Exhibition”, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska.
Juror: David McLeod (Art Professor Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Nebraska.)

2001
“19th Juried Membership Show”, Visual Arts Alliance Houston, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Sharon Kopriva.

“Juried Open Show”, Art League Houston, Houston, Texas.
Juror: Virgil Grotfeldt.

1998
“Examententoonstelling HKA 1998”, de Oude Kraan, Arnhem, The Netherlands. *Catalog

Publications

Bibliography

2007
Rhodes, Dusti, “My Sin, My Soul; Suzanne Banning explores the dynamics of Lolita“, Houston Press, November 8 – 14, 2007, page 26. (for link click here)

Zhu, Christopher, “Suzanne Banning: the real woman under the lens”, Art World magazine, May 2007 issue, pages 74-77. (illustrated) (click here to see the article front page, page 74, 75, 76, 77, translation)

Capital Art catalog, 2007/04, pages 202-225. (illustrated)

“Tanzwütige Kunst; Art-Galerie zeigt Arbeiten internationaler Fotografen”, Siegener Zeitung, February 27th 2007, page 18.

“Bilder vom Tanzen von Fotografen aus der aller Welt”, Westfalenpost; Zeitung für Siegen, February 26th 2007, page 2.

“Heiße Sohlen festgehalten auf Celluloid”, Westfalenpost; Zeitung für Siegen, February 23rd 2007, page 4.

2006
Zhu, Christopher, "American Contemporary Art from Houston", Journal of Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute, September 2006 issue, pages 47-52. (illustrated)

Kopriva, Gus, “Houston Works—The Present and Future State of the Visual Arts”, The Houston Review of History and Culture Volume 4, number 1, Fall 2006, pages 27-29. (illustrated)

Otton, William G. / Locke, Michelle W., "The legacy continues 1997-2006", catalogue of the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX.

"Houston Art in Shanghai", a documentary of "Houston Contemporary Art", directed by Christopher Zhu, co-produced by TV station of Minhang District, Shanghai and Jacob Video Studio, 08-18-2006.

Liu Jingjing, “Houston in Two Seconds – in Retrospective of Houston Contemporary Art”, Art World, Panorama (September, 2006), pages 64-69.

Anspon, Catherine D., “China syndrome: Houston artists Shanghaied”, Paper City, October 2006, page 71. (illustrated)

Celestino, Magdalen, “Houston Contemporary Art in Shanghai”, Glasstire September 2006. Link: click here

Johnson, Patricia C., “Shanghai surprise; Lauded, short-lived exhibit brought in 20,000 visitors”, Houston Chronicle (Zest), August 18th 2006.

“Houston Contemporary Art” catalog, Shanghai Art Museum, China. (illustrated)

“Houston Contemporary Art”, small illustrated booklet, Friends of Shanghai Art Museum, China. (illustrated)

Fotofest 2006 Catalog (Participating spaces section 4 Commercial Art Galleries, pages 58-59 and 141) (illustrated)

Anspon, Catherine D., ArtNotes, Paper City, March 2006

2005
Anspon, Catherine D., ArtNotes, Paper City, November 2005.

Anspon, Catherine D., ArtNotes, Paper City, August 2005.

“New American Talent: The Twentieth Exhibition” catalog. (illustrated) Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX.

Sanders, Gail, "New American Talent at Arthouse (Austin)", Voices of Art Magazine, Volume 13 issue 2 2005, page 19. (link)

Devadanam, Steven, “This week’s Day-by-Day Picks”. Houston Press, Night & Day January 13, 2005.

2004
Rushing III, W. Jackson, Art Papers, Reviews Southwest: Houston, Texas, July / August issue 2004. Pages 54, 55 (illustrated) (click here)

Roeske, Sharon, “Redbud Gallery: Suzanne Banning, La belle dame sans merci”, Arts Houston Magazine, July 2004 issue. Page 31 (illustrated) (click here)

Anspon, Catherine D., ArtNotes, Paper City, April 2004.

Fotofest 2004 Catalog (Participating spaces section, pages 31, 60 (illustrated) and 113, 114.)

Johnson, Patricia C., “Fotofest: a view through the lens”, Houston Chronicle, March 13 2004. (Arts & entertainment section, pages 9D, 10D.)

2003
Anspon, Catherine D., ArtNotes, Paper City, February 2003.

2002
Fotofest 2002 Catalog (pages 275, 329.)

1998
”HKA eindexamencatalogus 97/98” Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem, The Netherlands, pages 11 and 25 in the “Tekenen” section. (illustrated.)

Artist talks:
2007:
Radio appearance January 14th 2007, “The night train” hosted by NatalieJ at 1430 AM KCOH.

2006:
Slide Jam!, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX.

Big Slide Show, in conjunction with “the Big Show”, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX.

2005:
Looking at Art, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX (during “Happy nude year”.)

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