In the Smoke Collection, I combine dancers, aerialists, nudes and smoke to create compelling and complex imagery. This video is a visual guide that leads you through some of the forms, characters and stories each with different relationships, struggles, emotions and perspectives.
I visit many different types of art exhibits and spend countless hours thinking about what makes one engaging. A brief guide that provides just a little bit of context is one of the elements I appreciate. I don’t want to much information, just a nudge in a general direction. Then I can explore the art on my terms. There is always time to find out more about the art and artist later. This video is crafted to be that kind of a nudge.
Life Inside the Frame tries to get the viewer to engage a work by exploring many of the different pieces that make up the whole. Then looking at the work in its entirety.
Another element I like is something that gets me physically engaged with art. My Changing Perspectives piece works in this manner and is something that audiences seem to enjoy.
For over two years I worked on developing ideas, stories, imagery and forms with one common element, smoke. This video gives you a brief look at the final step in the creative process for me. I worked alongside some very talented artists who are dancers and aerialist to bring those thoughts to life.
This is a rare look onto my sets as they are closed to the public. I find that restricting the set to only the artists involved helps foster an environment that is beneficial for the creative process. One that is safe for everyone to try things without worrying about failing. This is very important when attempting things that have not been done before.
Sounds & Sights lets you listen in on brief snippets between myself and the artists as we transform thoughts into physical scenes. The audio is overlaid with stills consisting of test shots, rehearsals and final images.
I will be returning to the studio this Spring to continue my exploration of smoke.
The Peoria Art Guild selected Tom Suhler as their 2014 Poster Artist for their Nude Attitude juried art exhibit. Suhler’s image, Faberge, will adorn all promotional materials for the show including several billboards located around town.
The exhibit will include one of the 25 limited edition giclée Faberge prints. Additionally, “S No. 1” from Suhler’s latest project, The Smoke Collection, will be making its Illinois debut.
The Nude Attitude runs from March 5 – 10 with Suhler planning to attend the exhibition party on March 7.
Renowned for his ability to combine layers of beauty and nudity to evoke bold emotions in his audience, Texas artist, Tom Suhler is delighted to announce his return to Florida for the opening of his exhibit at the 530 Burns Gallery.
Austin, TX — While he resides over a thousand miles away, artist Tom Suhler’s work has been in high demand in Florida since 2010. With seven trips to the Sunshine State garnering a growing audience, Suhler is delighted to announce his return on April 12th as he brings his art to the 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota.
Suhler, whose nude pieces read more like sculpture than photography, has found a receptive audience in the people and places of “The Sunshine State,” discovering a creative home amidst the vibrancy and romanticism of Florida’s artistic and cultural history.
“In some ways, it has been easier for me to find an audience here than in my home State. Floridians really seem to connect with the simple beauty of my art and understand the emotions and stories they infer,” says Suhler, who also achieved great success as far away as China.
Continuing, “People see beyond the ‘nude’ dancers and into the freedom, openness and truth that lies within each piece.”
In fact, Suhler makes it clear that the nude aspect of his work is secondary to the emotions and ideas that lie within each subject.
“It’s all in an attempt to evoke emotions in my audience. I do this through combining many layers; nudity is just one of these many layers,” he adds.
Suhler will be using the visit to exhibit pieces from two different collections. (e)Motion was created in Austin in a rented warehouse over a two and a half month period. Winding Creek emerged from a three and a half month project produced at night in a Texas Hill Country Creek. Both collections can be viewed in their entirety at http://www.tomsuhlerfineart.com.
Suhler’s trip will take him throughout Southern Florida between April 12th through 20th, promoting his 530 Burns Gallery exhibit, as well as his recently released art book, UnVeiled.
To date, the book has attracted a consistent string of rave reviews.
For example, fellow artist Rom Stark said, “Suhler’s thoughts do not interfere with the viewer’s personal response to the work. He does state his ideas on what he is doing without telling the viewer what to see. What a relief! One should take notice of the simple yet powerful impact that is our basic humanity. A still life of an egg, a landscape, even a portrait of a stranger can offer that impact. And, here in UnVeiled we have Suhler’s vision.”
UnVeiled, as well as open and limited edition prints, are available through Tom’s website http://www.tomsuhlerfineart.com