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Arts InSight

Video: Painting By Numbers

Susie Rosmarin makes flickering, eye-catching works using a mathematic system.

Susie Rosmarin uses mathematical formulas and algorithms to create artworks that trick the eye into seeing flickering movement through color gradation and geometric patterns. The intricate line paintings are achieved not through digital or mechanical means, but through a delicately layered system of applying tape and paint to canvas. Rosmarin talks about her artistic trajectory and what inspired her interest in geometric abstraction and op-art.

Rosmarin’s work is currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as part of the exhibition Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2, which runs through November 27, 2016. Glasstire.com recently ranked Rosmarin at #2 in its list of the Top Ten Artists in Texas.

This story appears on the program Arts InSight, which airs Friday, November 11, 8:30pm on Houston Public Media TV 8.

  • Susie Rosmarin 
Blue X, 2005 
Acrylic on canvas 
36 x 48 inches 
Collection of Brenda and William Goldberg
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Blue X, 2005 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches Collection of Brenda and William Goldberg (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin 
Fog (Blur), 2015 
Archival ink on canvas 
90 x 90 inches 
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Fog (Blur), 2015 Archival ink on canvas 90 x 90 inches Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin
No. 7, 1990
Acrylic on canvas
57 x 43 inches
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin No. 7, 1990 Acrylic on canvas 57 x 43 inches Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin 
Painting No. 49, 1994 
Acrylic on canvas 
66 x 50 inches 
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Painting No. 49, 1994 Acrylic on canvas 66 x 50 inches Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin
Spectrum (Waffle), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
21 x 21 inches
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Spectrum (Waffle), 2015 Acrylic on canvas 21 x 21 inches Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin 
Spectrum Study, 2012-13
Acrylic on canvas 
16 x 16 inches 
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Spectrum Study, 2012-13 Acrylic on canvas 16 x 16 inches Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin
Study No. 116, 1998
18 x 14 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Study No. 116, 1998 18 x 14 inches Acrylic on canvas Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin
Triangles Drawing No. 7, 1995
30 x 22 inches
Ink on paper
Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Triangles Drawing No. 7, 1995 30 x 22 inches Ink on paper Courtesy the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
  • Susie Rosmarin
Yellow, Red, Blue, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 60 inches
Collection of Carlos A. Bacino
 (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
    Susie Rosmarin Yellow, Red, Blue, 2012 Acrylic on canvas 50 x 60 inches Collection of Carlos A. Bacino (Photo Credit: Paul Hester)
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