Noah Saterstrom will be exhibiting a series of drawings, “Five Streets,” at Green Kill from Saturday, June 1, 2019 until Saturday, June 29, 2019 along with works by three other artists, including, Fred Duignan, Steven Lewis, and Gary Mayer
Best hours to view this exhibition are 3-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday.
The opening celebration will be on Saturday, June 1 from 5-7 PM. Please join us for wine and conversation.
About Five Streets
“Five Streets” is a group of drawings which illustrate a short story written by Julia R. Gordon. The tale is a fictionalized amalgam of the stories she heard throughout her childhood detailing her family’s life in Vilnius, Lithuania, under the late-19th century rule of the Russian Empire. Part of the intellectual, Jewish resistance against increasingly anti-Semitic Russian Czars, and under threat of pogroms, loss of land, and loss of life, the majority of her family fled to the New World as part of the general exodus of European Jewry in the early 1900’s. Those who stayed were ultimately slaughtered under the German occupation. Her great-grandmother, depicted in the story as the young girl unwittingly (at first) ferrying messages for the resistance, was one of the first family members to escape to New York as part of a forced flight when her family’s political involvement was discovered by the Russians.
Previous Exhibition of Noah Saterstrom at Green Kill
Noah Saterstrom presented 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 were Tuesday through Saturday, from 3 to 9 PM. On exhibition in February with Noah were 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.