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Double St. Pete Spread

This spread is from American Monument, my edition of 30 hand-bound artist books examining franchise culture in America as it has evolved from the midcentury. Pictured in this spread are two postcards of the same Howard Johnsons taken from the same location 10 years apart. American Monument, 2016 Digital Print, Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books

Falls Road Waiting Shelter, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

This watercolor collage is one of a series of 39 documenting the remaining streetcar sites in Baltimore City. The sites were then organized into a catalogue with history I wrote based on a year's worth of research in the Baltimore Streetcar Museum archives. Falls Road Waiting Shelter, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12" Text from Catalogue: Rumor has it that the #25 line’s Falls Road Waiting Shelter at Falls Road Terrace and Edgevale Road was built to serve the president of United Railways and Electric, who lived nearby and did not want to stand out in inclement weather.

Untitled (Cars + Cameras), Installation Detail

Over the course of six months I designed and screenprinted enough wallpaper to paper a twenty-foot gallery wall. The imagery of midcentury cars and cameras speaks to my interest in the evolution of design from that era. Untitled (Cars + Cameras), Installation View Handprinted Screenprint on Vintage Wallpaper

Golden, 2017

In March of 2017 I was able to visit Levittown, Puerto Rico and was inspired by the vibrancy of the homes there. Closer than their mainland counterparts to their original iterations, this planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. I plan to revisit Puerto Rico in March 2019 as I have been unable to learn in what state these homes survived Hurricane Maria. Golden, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 40"x30"

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Raised in what we now call Silicon Valley on a cul-de-sac that used to be a plum orchard that used to be an army encampment that used to be an open field, Suzy Kopf currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the New School University with a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons and a BA in Art History from Eugene Lang College. In August of 2016 she completed her MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of several residency fellowships including Playa... more

Leftovers: The Last Streetcar Sites

I have spent May 2017-May 2018 working with the archives of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, seeking out historic images and then trying to locate in them in today's landscape. My focus was the remaining locations of various sites pertaining to the now defunct Baltimore City streetcar system. Once one of the most extensive transit systems in the world with over 400 miles of track, the streetcars were taken out in 1963 and replaced by the current bus routes or nothing at all. The 39 watercolor collages in this series chronicle the only parts of the system that remain today— mostly waiting stations, powerhouses and monuments.

In addition to the collages, this project consists of a printed 65-page catalogue of the sites so viewers can take a self guided tour if they are so motivated. I collaborated with local historian, Deb Weiner who edited my informational text on each location's history. In May 2018, I had a show at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum where the public was invited to flip through the catalogues, view the watercolors in person and ride streetcars.

  • Druid Hill Avenue Cable Powerhouse and Car House, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

    Text From Catalogue: An architectural jewel of the streetcar era, the Baltimore Traction Company’s Druid Hill Avenue Cable Powerhouse and Car House lost half its structure in a spectacular five-alarm blaze in 2005. Built from 1889 to 1890, the massive Victorian Romanesque-style brick-and-stone building housed 38 cars and equipment that helped run Baltimore’s short-lived cable car system. For a nickel, the cars transported riders from Druid Hill Park to Patterson Park via a moving cable, which was pulled by a large underground cable wheel located inside the powerhouse.
  • Paradise Loop Waiting Station, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

    Text from Catalogue: A late addition to the waning streetcar system, the Paradise Loop Waiting Station in Catonsville, just over the Baltimore City line, was built in 1944 in response to World War II rationing. It was built to shorten the route of the #8 at a time when not as many regular customers needed to go all the way to the end of the line.
  • White Street Sub Station, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

    Text from Catalogue: The White Avenue Substation, part of the electrical infrastructure of the streetcar system, was built to resemble a house in the neighborhood of Glenham-Belford. It still stands today as a rehab facility, Port Recovery. The substation served the #15 Belair Road and #19 Harford Road streetcar lines until 1963.
  • Lake Montebello Waiting Shelter, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

    Text from Catalogue: The charming, Italianate-style Lake Montebello Waiting Shelter stands on Harford Road, a few hundred feet from Lake Montebello. It served the #19 streetcar line, which ran up Harford Road to Parkville. One of the line’s most popular destinations was just down the road from the station: Clifton Park, where the line took leisure seekers quickly along its right of way. Today the structure serves as a bus stop.
  • Falls Road Waiting Shelter, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12"

    This watercolor collage is one of a series of 39 documenting the remaining streetcar sites in Baltimore City. The sites were then organized into a catalogue with history I wrote based on a year's worth of research in the Baltimore Streetcar Museum archives. Falls Road Waiting Shelter, 2018, Watercolor Collage, 9"x12" Text from Catalogue: Rumor has it that the #25 line’s Falls Road Waiting Shelter at Falls Road Terrace and Edgevale Road was built to serve the president of United Railways and Electric, who lived nearby and did not want to stand out in inclement weather.

Puerto Rico

A series of paintings of the planned track housing suburbs of Levittown, Puerto Rico as they existed in early 2017 prior to Hurricane Maria's destruction. Between 1947 and the early 1970s, the Levitt brothers developers built more than 140,000 houses in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and little known to many, Puerto Rico. At the height of construction, the Levitt brothers builders completed a house every sixteen minutes. These track houses were the first affordable middle class housing option for many GIs returning from WWII. It is my intention to return to Puerto Rico in the next year and paint changes in these homes; will they be rebuilt, repainted or completely torn down?

  • Golden, 2017

    In March of 2017 I was able to visit Levittown, Puerto Rico and was inspired by the vibrancy of the homes there. Closer than their mainland counterparts to their original iterations, this planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. I plan to revisit Puerto Rico in March 2019 as I have been unable to learn in what state these homes survived Hurricane Maria. Golden, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 40"x30"
  • Blue, 2017

    Oil on Canvas, 30"x24"
  • Yellow, 2017

    Oil on Canvas, 28"x22"
  • Blush, 2017

    Oil on Canvas, 24"x8"
  • Magenta, 2017

    Oil on Canvas, 17"x10"
  • Lime, 2017

    17"x8"
  • Turquoise, 2017

    Oil on Canvas, 8"x14"

Signs

This series of watercolor collages developed after a visit to Las Vegas, NV and a reading of the architectural classic, "Learning from Las Vegas" by Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi. Inspired by midcentury Googie design this series is a fusion of collage and wallpaper design elements.

Big Five

Selected from Forbes 2017 List of the top grossing franchises, the oil paintings in this series combine pattern and corporate architecture to highlight the similarities in these familiar structures. They function as an update of my 2016 Franchises series showcasing the most common free standing style of each of these chains in 2017.

American Monument: Installation

This installation, American Monument, was the culmination of my MFA thesis work. Combining several projects I detail as projects below, this installation included Astroturf, hand screen printed wallpaper, nylon chairs for viewers to sit and read an edition of hand bound books I made, a display of my collection of Howard Johnson postcards, a series of framed drawings and an edition of screenprinted models.

  • American Monument, Installation View

    American Monument, Installation View, 2016 MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • American Monument, Installation View

    American Monument, Installation View, 2016 MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • American Monument, Installation View

    American Monument, Installation View, 2016 MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • GateKeepers

    Gatekeepers, Installation View, 2016 Screenprint and Watercolor on Archival Paper, Edition of 25 MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • HOJOs Postcard Archive, Installation View

    Artist's HOJOs Postcard Archive, Installation View Amassed in Maryland and Pennsylvania in 2016 MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • Franchises, Installation View

    Franchises, Installation View MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • Untitled (Cars + Cameras), Installation Detail

    Over the course of six months I designed and screenprinted enough wallpaper to paper a twenty-foot gallery wall. The imagery of midcentury cars and cameras speaks to my interest in the evolution of design from that era. Untitled (Cars + Cameras), Installation View Handprinted Screenprint on Vintage Wallpaper
  • Cover, American Monument

    American Monument, Installation View MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016
  • American Monument, Installation View

    American Monument, Installation View MFA Thesis Show, Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, July 2016

American Monument: Book

My practice is research based. For my MFA thesis project I wanted to share my research with viewers of my work so I created an edition of thirty 100 page hand bound books entitled, American Monument. The title of the book and installation it was part of come from my belief that franchises are our most abundant and overlooked sources of American vernacular architecture in. Like monuments, franchises show us where we are right now as a culture and what we have committed to history.

  • Stack of American Monument Books

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Cover, American Monument

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Astroturf Spread

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Camera Spread

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Double Cars Spread

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Double Signs Spread

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Double St. Pete Spread

    This spread is from American Monument, my edition of 30 hand-bound artist books examining franchise culture in America as it has evolved from the midcentury. Pictured in this spread are two postcards of the same Howard Johnsons taken from the same location 10 years apart. American Monument, 2016 Digital Print, Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Pizza Hut Spread

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books
  • Stack of American Monument Books

    American Monument, 2016 Edition of 30 Hand Bound Artist Books

Franchises

A series of drawings of American fast food chains; some of the works depict the first of their kind, others the most typical. The drawings address the American obsession with the hyperreal and our celebration for the sign of something over the real thing. Pediments, cupolas and clapboard sides attached to stucco boxes symbolize the American tendency to deceive ourselves in the hopes of feeling better.

  • Franchises

    Franchises, 2016, Series of 22, 11"x14" each, Pencil, Marker and Watercolor on Paper
  • Howard Johnsons

    Howard Johnsons, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Jack n' the Box

    Jack n' the Box, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Waffle House

    Waffle House, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Sandy's

    Sandy's, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Whataburger

    Whataburger, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Denny's

    Denny's, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper
  • Burger Chef

    Burger Chef, 2016, 11"x14", Pencil, Markers and Watercolors on Paper

The Borsct Belt

Beginning in the 1940s a string of resorts cropped up in the Catskills Mountain region of New York state. Known affectionately as "the Borscht Belt", these hotels catered to American Jews who, looking both to assimilate and gather as a tribe, converged on upstate NY for summer holidays. This series contrasts promotional postcards from that era with contemporary photographs gathered from the resort ruins today.

  • The Pines

    The Pines, 2015 24"x72", Oil on Canvas
  • Lofty

    Lofty, 2015 24"x72", Oil on Canvas
  • Evergreen

    Evergreen, 2015 24"x72", Oil on Canvas
  • Splendid

    Splendid, 2015 24"x72", Oil on Canvas
  • Untitled

    Untitled, 2015 24"x72", Oil on Canvas

New Year, New You

A poem for the new year:
All Comet Dawn
Fantastiq Fabulouso
Ivory Dove Cascade
Irish Spring Tide Surf
Caress Glisten Sunlight Bounce
Pledge Method Resolve Lifebuoy
Gain Cheer
Shout Joy

  • New Year New You, Installation View

    New Year, New You, Installation View, 2014 The Gaps Between Us, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, August 2015
  • New Year, New You

    New Year, New You, 2014-5 Watercolor on Archival Paper, 22 pieces of varying sizes 22"x86" together
  • Resolve

    Resolve, 2014 Watercolor on Archival Paper
  • Pledge

    Pledge, 2014 Watercolor on Archival Paper
  • Tide

    Tide, 2014 Watercolor on Archival Paper
  • Gain

    Gain, 2014 Watercolor on Archival Paper
  • Bounce

    Bounce, 2014 Watercolor on Archival Paper

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