Mixed Greens is thrilled to present a group exhibition of abstract works by Jarrod Beck, Alex Ebstein, Richard Tuttle, Maria Walker, Letha Wilson, and B. Wurtz. All six artists—a mix of emerging talent and established virtuosity—have a visceral approach to their materials that culminates in poetic results. Each uses everyday materials and simple gestures to allude to large, often complex ideas that remind the viewer of our vast landscape. Working in the space between painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography, and drawing, the artists have significant attachment to the physicality of the materials they use and carefully combine elements to have an impact that far exceeds the footprint of the work. Much is implied with quiet gestures that carry great gravitas.
Curated by Rick Briggs
ventana244, 244 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception: October 24, 5:00 – 7:00
Peter Acheson, Ginnie Baer, Tom Bunnell, Sally Bowring, Paula Crawford, Steven Cushner, Don Crow, Jutta DeMay, Chris Gregson, Steven Griffin, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Ron Johnson, Ray Kass, Amie Oliver, Tom Nakashima, Paul Ryan, Robert Stuart, Dan Treado, Maria Walker, Hilary Wilder, William Willis
University of Mary Washington
Ridderhof Martin & duPont Galleries, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22301
M-F 10AM – 4PM, Sat 12 – 4PM, Sun 1 – 4PM
September 5 through September 28, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, September 5, 6 – 8 PM
Valerie Brennan’s thick, trowelled surfaces lap the edge of her painted panels, expanding the space of the painting beyond its support. Jamie Powell cuts shapes from her canvases that reference childhood cartoons. Lorri Ott often forgoes the painting support all together, binding color and debris with poured resin. Julie Torres builds the painted object with insistent layers, often creating a meta-object. Susan Scott and Maria Walker take apart and reassemble the basic structure of painting, sometimes leaving it in a heap. The work, verging on sculpture, clearly comes from a painter’s mind.
112 3rd Avenue South
Seattle WA 98104
Hours: Thur – Sun 12-5pm
Saturday, July 27 , 2013 – Sunday, September 1, 2013
Calvin Ross Carl, Maria Walker, Josh Reames
Timeshares is a group exhibition featuring the work of Calvin Ross Carl, Josh Reames, and Maria Walker. Carl reinterprets common forms from the American home and work environment through the lens of formal aesthetics. Reames makes abstract gestures that draw upon beauty and the ideal in a tropical setting. Walker deals with chance and space in her paintings allowing time to affect the relationship embedded within her materials. The luxury and flexibility that Timeshares allows exemplify the artists’ sensibility of a resort vacation.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
6:00pm – 10:00pm
1542 North Milwaukee Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Open Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, private viewings by appointment
Out of Bounds: Katrina Umber and Maria Walker
Organized by Samuel Zients
July 13-28, 2013
Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm, and by appointment
Opening Reception July 13, 5-8pm
397 Bridge Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Out of Bounds brings together the work of Katrina Umber and Maria Walker, who first met and exhibited together at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Though working in different media and different parts of the country, both of these artists challenge our conceptions of boundaries and frames through their work in photography and painting, respectively.
The exhibition presents two bodies of work by Los Angeles-based artist, Katrina Umber. The first, Personal Affect Squares, are photographs of prescribed 15-inch squares on the walls of cells in a decommissioned county jail in Somerset County Maine, where inmates were allowed to display their personal effects, whether they be photographs, letters, or anything else. The images of these squares on walls washed in natural sunlight recall the documentary feel of WPA photography or the more austere paintings of Edward Hopper. Two of the prints in this exhibition are this same size, to mirror this personal space, and one is 30×24-inches, to mirror a Plexiglas window in the jail where inmates carved their own creative space. The second, Soft Mirrors, is a series of small chromogenic prints that have been soaked in water, which simultaneously deteriorates, revealing the many colored layers of emulsion, and remakes the original image. The artists likens this to a baptism, where the print enters the bath a photograph and emerges as an object.
The paintings of Brooklyn-based artist Maria Walker included here break down painting to its three fundamental elements—wood, cloth, paint—and then build them back up again. Walker constructs her own wooden stretchers in unorthodox shapes, resulting in structures that are nothing short of sculptural relief, recalling Louise Nevelson’s large wood-carved sculptures. She then stretches canvas, linen or dropcloth over, around, and sometimes woven through the sculptural stretchers. Paint is applied in methodical response to the painting object, with color decisions made based on chance, light, value, association, or through the recycling of leftover paint from other works in her studio. The paintings may end there, or the process may cycle back to reconsideration of the stretcher or the canvas. The results vary from vibrant, thinly painted squares to giant standing ladders laden with so much paint that they bleed together to a dark blue-black.
Boundaries are examined, questioned and redefined in the work of these artists, whether they are physical boundaries, as in Umber’s Personal Affect Squares and Walker’s wooden stretchers, or spiritual ones, as in Umber’s Soft Mirrors. In an increasingly spectacle-driven contemporary art world, in which bigger is better and it is claimed that limits do not exist, it is no wonder these two woman create work that engage boundaries so formally and confidently.
For more information, please contact Samuel Zients at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 917 439 2482.
Nonobjective: Selected Works by Peter Acheson, Jeff Briggs, Zbigniew Grzyb, Sol LeWitt, Joel Longenecker, Andrew Masullo, Alan Shields, Judith Trepp, and Maria Walker
February 23 – March 30, 2013
322 Park Road, West Hartford, CT
I am honored to be a recent recipient of a Belle Foundation grant.
The Belle Foundation for Cultural Development “actively support the arts, humanities and education through recognition of creative efforts and visionary ideas demonstrated by individuals in these fields”.
Thank you to the Belle Foundation and to my anonymous nominator!
Performing Methods—in context
curated by Chris Oatey
Marc Philip van Kempen
in conjunction with Chris Oatey: Performing Methods
February 24 – March 31, 2013
Reception for the artists: Sunday February 24, 5 – 7 p.m.
207 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 6; Sunday 1 – 6, or by appointment
(collaboration, Maria Walker and Jonathan Allmaier)
hosted by Emily Weiner φ Sharona Eliassaf
February 9, 2013, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Laura Piasta ♦ Johan Björck
Saira Mclaren ‡ Mike Hein
Meredith James × Jonathan Ehrenberg
Benny Merris Δ Alhena Katsof
Amelia Midori Miller ♥ Augustus Nazzaro
Maria Walker ♡ Jonathan Allmaier
Guðmundur Thoroddsen ξ Arna Óttarsdóttir
Michael Hix ☎ Emily Weiner
Hosted by Sharona Eliassaf and Emily Weiner
37 Willow Street, Apartment 3, Brooklyn
Gallery Hours: 12 – 6, Thursday – Sunday
319 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
The escape from the banal everyday life to the world of the ideal
full review: Brooklyn Rail Review
by Kara L. Rooney
“In the case of Maria Walker, the exposure of her painting’s traditional support—the wood frame that makes up its skeletal core—is translated into sculptural relief. She states, in a clever series of poems written for the exhibition catalog: “What are the Materials of painting? There is the wood. There is the cloth. There is the paint.”* Basic materials, direct in their simplicity and listing. Here the symbol set does not pretend to be that which it is not: it is truth. The transcription of this idea, Walker’s “Untitled Stand #2” (2012), is underwhelming, faded, awkward—fabulous. A signifier of the reality it strains, almost too successfully, to express.”
Jonathan Allmaier, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Tatiana Berg, Mira Dancy, Jess Fuller, Ted Gahl, Rachel Klinghoffer, Arthur Pena, Matt Rich, Leigh Ruple, Joseph Sossi, Maria Walker
722 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY
November 10 – December 9
Opening November 10, 6 – 9 PM
Jonathan Allmaier, Tamara Gonzales, EJ Hauser, Stephen Truax, Maria Walker
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY
November 2 – November 30
Opening Friday, November 2, 7 – 9 PM
I have several poems included in the publication for the show, which is viewable online by clicking HERE.
08.16.12-09.09.12 John Davis Gallery
The rugged, ragged work of the Brooklyn-based artist Maria Walker—painted wooden-slat constructions, acrylic-soaked canvases straining over irregularly shaped stretchers, and postcard-size frescos fused onto burlap and mounted on square panels—is well suited for the raw concrete rooms of John Davis Gallery’s gutted carriage house. With their tough, unfinished beauty, the fourteen pieces shown here evoke a romantic preoccupation with the passing of time yet are never overly sentimental. Walker’s work also feels nostalgic in light of recent art history, recalling in particular the elegant experimental approaches to painting from the 1970s (Elizabeth Murray, Ron Gorchov), and the manneristically mutilated work by Steven Parrino from the past three decades—but with much less angst
Her process is key to her work: The largest painting, Summer—Summer Solstice, 2011–12, involved a patient system of staining an unprimed canvas over the course of a year, pouring rich, diverse hues of paint inward from the stretcher bars’ bulky and mountain perimeter, with its dozen protrusions underneath the cotton. She produced the smaller, equally multicolored Calendar 1–65 (Skowhegan, ME), 2011, over two months, and the monochromatic baby-blue Birthday 32, 2012, even quicker, in a day, with a circle of twelve jagged blocks underneath the saturated fabric liner symbolizing a clock’s hours.
Walker acknowledges the source of her support materials by adding a figurative element—the tree—into many of her works, especially her three-dimensional structures. A painting of a barren grayish-brown trunk and branches, March Tree, 2011–12, is wrapped around a skewed stretcher that stands upright. The object casts a long winter shadow, composed of wooden slats arranged on the floor behind it, which are messily painted sky blue and leaf green. Another work, Return, 2011–12, abandons painting entirely: The artist removed an unsatisfactory canvas from its supporting brace, leaving behind a rough but elegant sunburst pattern to hang on the wall.
Read my interview with Mike Rutherford of Painter’s Bread HERE.
Ethan Cook, Maria Walker, John Roebas
253 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia
Opening September 7, 6 – 9PM
September 7 – October 21
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 4PM
John Davis Gallery, Second Floor Carriage House
August 16 – September 9
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 18, 6 – 8 PM
Also on view: Alison Fox, Leonid Lerman, JJ Manford, Deirdre Swords, and Stephen Reynolds
362 1/2 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Hours: Thursday – Monday 11 – 5 PM or by appointment
Thanks to LVL3 Gallery for the featured interview! :
Ivin Ballen, Guy Ben-Ari, Michael DeLucia, Michael Dotson, Brendan Smith and Maria Walker
1708 Gallery, 319 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
April 20 – June 9, 2012
1708 Gallery is pleased to present Potential Images. Curated by Emily Smith, Executive Director of 1708, Potential Images surveys current practices in contemporary painting, from a DIY aesthetic to an interest in new media. Featuring Ivin Ballen, Guy Ben-Ari, Michael DeLucia, Michael Dotson, Brendan Smith and Maria Walker, the works in Potential Images demonstrate both an embrace of the quiet and handmade and an awareness of the neo-baroque and the sublime. Underlying much of the work is an awareness of the history of painting and the theories and arguments that have accompanied this story.
1708 Gallery will host a preview on Thursday, May 3, with a Curator’s talk at 6:30. There will also be an opening reception on Friday, May 4, 2012. Potential Images will be on view through Saturday, June 9.
Brice Bischoff, Ryan Perez, Matt Sheridan, Maria Walker
Space 4 Art, 325 15th Street, San Diego, CA
April 14 – May 26, 2012
Opening April 14, 6 to 10 PM
Immaterial Ergonomics brings together four artists from both coasts who share an affinity for material transcendence. Their innovative, contemporary work represents a range of hybrid practices: sculpted canvases, painted videos, printed sculptures and digital processes, which turn traditional mediums on their head. The four artists share a goal: to head toward representational objects, only to sidestep the familiar at the last moment. And drift past. The work will be celebrated with an incredible reception that includes high-caliber music performance art by UC San Diego art teacher Michael Trigilio, and a one-night-only installation by San Diego artist Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli.
Maria Walker, Sun You
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM
January 21 – February 19, 2012
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 6
Gallery contact: 917-602-0684
Saturday, December 10,2011
Red Paper Heart
Allyson L Smith
Joe Ballweg’s studio
Read my interview with Cordy Ryman from this summer:
ABSTRACTED: Peter Acheson, Elizabeth Gourlay, Peik Larsen, Sarah Lutz, Erik Schoonebeek, Maria Walker
August 26 – September 8, 2011
Opening August 26, 6 – 10 PM
DNA Gallery, 288 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, 508-487-7700
Contact: Kevin Rita, email@example.com
Opening August 7, 2011
The participants of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture present their work in Reformation 2011. The exhibition takes place in two sites: the former Somerset County Jail curated by Michael Ruglio-Misurell and the former Convent Reformed Church curated by Kyla Chevrier
Opening Friday, June 3 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Curated by Nudashank
ART BLOG ART BLOG, 508 W. 26th St. 11th Floor, New York, NY
Show runs June 3rd -June 18th
Hours: Wed. – Sat. Noon – 6pm
and also by appointment
Saturday, June 4 noon to 8pm
Sunday, June 5 noon to 7pm
Bushwick Open Studios, above English Kills Gallery
For this year’s Bushwick Open Studios, Pioneers of Inspiration presents, “PURPLE NURPLE”, a group show of purple artwork.
Participating artists include:
also on view, open studios of Joy Curtis and Mike Olin
Control Alt Delete
Brion Nuda Rosch
840 Broadway (at Park Street), 3rd Floor, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 11206
J, M to Flushing Ave., or G to Flushing Ave.
One night only: Friday, May 27, 2011, 7-10 PM
362 1/2 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
January 8 – February 20, 2011
Opening Saturday, January 8, 6-9pm
319 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Hours 12-6, Thursday – Sunday
Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, 34 Stuyvesant St., NY NY
December 1 – December 13
Artists: Jessica Berry, Nora Hagert, Maria Kondratiev, Maria Walker
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 1, 5-7 PM
Gallery Hours: Daily, 12-10 PM
View images of the show.
Cocktails and Dreams
Friday, October 22, 2010, 7-10 PM
238 Melrose St., 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206
A one night group show featuring small works and art- or artist-inspired cocktails by the following artists:
Jon Allmaier, Liz Atzberger, Kimberly Brandt, Dan Bruce, Heather Cahill, Christopher Deo, Ben Godward, Walsh Hansen, Alexa Hoyer, Ianthe Jackson, Jake Lesher, Rebecca Litt, Sarah McDougald Kohn, Joe Nanashe, Joe Protheroe, Carl Randall, Kevin Regan, Bob Scheib, Rob Servo, Stephen Truax, Maria Walker
The show will coincide with Work that Beat, a night of openings at Bushwick galleries.
View images of the show.
Frank Bramblett has taught at Tyler School of Art for the past 38 years (1972-2010). As a small gesture of appreciation, a group of his former students will exhibit artwork made with Frank in mind.
August 27 – September 21, 2010
Friday, August 27, 7-9
Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Tuesday, 5pm – 8pm
Artists include 3axap Bakc, Amy Lincoln, Angela Washko, Anthony Campuzano, Arden Bendler Browning, Austin Lee, Bridget Purcell, Christopher Ulivo, Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, Dorian Dean, Dustin Metz, Esmeralda Montes, Joe Piconi, Jonathan Allmaier, Joy Payton, Julia Schwardron, Katrina Mortorff, Kelly McRaven, Lauren Whearty, Liz Markus, Maanik Singh, Maggie Van Scoyk, Maria Walker, Megan Bartley Matthews, Michael Ambron, Rebecca Saylor Sack, Rebecca Vicars, Robert Goodman, Sarah McD Kohn, Sean McBride, Thomas Vance, Tony Lopez and Trenton Doyle Hancock.
The exhibition will take place at The Elkins Estate, a historic mansion neighboring the original Tyler School of Art.
View images of the show.