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‘Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines’ at 3S Artspace

3S Artspace
319 Vaughan St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

JUNE 3 – JULY 31

– Opening Reception / Meet the Artist: Friday, June 3 / 5-8pm
– Free and open to the public
– Opening Reception coincides with Art Round Town


“Mining the archive is like building a time machine; I look at the material culture of the past as a way of understanding what has come into being in our contemporary times.” – Sue Johnson


Exhibit Statement:
All spaces hold art in different ways. With Sue Johnson’s exhibit, 3S Artspace is not only exhibiting Sue Johnson’s first solo show in New England— 3S is also providing the first opportunity for the artist to exhibit nine monumental works in a single space. Each of Sue’s works is extraordinary and thought-provoking on its own, but shown together, they create a singular and timely experience for artist and viewer, enveloping us in a surreal interpretation of the role of women in the home and in society.


Artist Statement:
Sue Johnson’s “Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines” looks back to mid-20th century consumer culture to construct a disquieting satire that proposes an alternative pictorial history in which two objects of desire become one — the household convenience object and the new modern woman.



These works were created during a residency at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation with additional fellowship support from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Photography: Richard Walker Photography


Generously supported by: TheListingTunnel.com, Mezzanine Catering, The Water Street Inn, and The Sailmaker’s House.

3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.