September 15, 2022 – November 19, 2022

Everything Will Be Fine, featuring a monumental wall installation, and works from two related series, The State of Things and Wreckage, is the ultimate illustration of Susan Brenner’s examination of the rapid pace of change, consumerism, and constant cycle of both natural and man-made disasters. Presenting tenuous and colorful compositions, this exhibition highlights Brenner’s emotional response to the world’s relentless consumption of goods and natural resources without concern for consequence, resulting in excess, chaos, and destruction. Endeavoring to find the delicate balance between chaos and order, anxiety and optimism, turmoil and beauty, Everything Will Be Fine offers a meditative and ironic study on how beauty can be found amidst the consequences of society’s never-ending quest for accumulation and its disastrous effects on both the natural environment and the human condition. 

For three decades, Susan Brenner has been creating paintings, installations and visual-textual works that offer carefully crafted examinations of complex topics. Her themes have included feminine identity, the language of gesture, migration and change. Her work has been featured at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum of Art. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Regional Fellowship Award in Painting and Works on Paper, two North Carolina Artist’s Fellowships, and a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California and is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Charlotte. 

Itinerary of Events

Exhibition Opening 
Thursday, September  15, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Coffee and Conversation with Susan Brenner, moderated by UNCC Director of Galleries Adam Justice
Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 11:00 am – Noon (doors open at 10:30 am) RSVP HERE

Exhibition Preview

The State of Things-1711
The State of Things-1710
The State of Things-1819
The State of Things-1925