Noah Saterstrom presents selections from his Sunworshipers paintings in Mind Sets, an exhibition of seven artists curated by Lynne Stone, running from Saturday, February 3, 2018 until Monday, February 26, 2018, with an opening celebration on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. Green Kill hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 3 to 9 PM. On exhibition in February with Noah will also be the works of Jessica Alazraki, William Clements, Donna Festa, Rosalie Frankel, Linda Larsen, and Gerda Van Leeuwen.
The imagery in these paintings is heavily influenced by my ancestral roots in Natchez, Mississippi. I specifically draw from memoirs recounting the family fleeing during the Civil War to the little town of Shubuta. Themes vary but repeating motifs include a family on the move, houses and landscapes, classical statuary, a fountain, wagon mules, a lion-like creature, suns, and celestial eyes.
There are stories behind these paintings, but to borrow from Katherine Bradford: all decisions are visual decisions. The paintings are not necessarily about a specific story or identity or politics or a stance. They’re about what will work, visually, with what’s there. Each painting has its own unique system of governance. I try to stick to a theme or an approach, but, of course, as soon as an image begins I am subject to its peculiarities. While I am thinking about Southern ancestral narratives – including the hard, sometimes shameful and always baffling reality of slave owning forebears – the images are not fixed and I am happy with as many readings as the paintings can hold.
About Noah Saterstrom
Raised in Mississippi and educated at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art, Noah Saterstrom’s paintings, drawings, and animations have been shown most recently in Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Tucson, AZ and Glasgow, Scotland. He has published essays and book collaborations with writers including Laynie Browne, Anne Waldman and Kate Bernheimer. He is the founder of the online art journal Trickhouse.org, and is a regular contributor to Nashville Arts Magazine. His painting “Road to Shubuta” will be featured at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2018. He is a lecturer at Belmont University.
Saterstrom’s work resides in private and public collections throughout the United States as well as Canada, Scotland, England, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Panama. He has been Artist-in-Residence for HRH Prince Charles at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Morris and Spottiswood in Glasgow, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Exploded View Microcinema in Tucson. His paintings are widely collected by the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Currently represented by the Carol Robinson Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Fischer Galleries (Jackson, MS), Julia Martin Gallery (Nashville, TN) and the Dorpstraat Galery (Stellenbosch, South Africa), he lives in Nashville with his wife Julia and kids Vivian and Guston.