Texas Woman’s University / Dept. of Visual Arts Galleries
Gallery Contact: Vance Wingate 940-898-2533 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Mackey | Marcelyn McNeil | Lorraine Tady
East | West Galleries
Department of Visual Arts / Fine Arts Building / Denton, Texas
Exhibition Dates: September 30 to October 22, 2014
Reception for the artists: September 30, 5-8 pm
TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes three painters working in abstraction for our next exhibition. Each artist develops imagery in very unique ways, while still attending to formal elements of painting and composition.
Michelle Mackey has exhibited her work recently at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Her works explore time and memory, the way that places, experiences and events are remembered/reinterpreted. The images in her work derive mainly from the physical structures in her environment. She states: “I look at the surface mix of cracked mortar, shiny metal, peeling paint, and rusty scaffolds; I hear the rhythmic distance from chimney to chimney, branch to branch, and window to window; I think of the structural soundness of repetition, from the frame to the brick. As I work, I periodically refer back to these environmental sources, as well as conversations, books, music, patterns and other sources for ideas on color, form, and composition.” These formal elements are presented in paintings that show the extremes of materials and techniques in the making. Sanding, scraping, burning, dissolving and rebuilt layers and the resulting textures and colors inform the barely discernible structures that the paintings started with. The artist received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1999) and a B.A. from Furman University, Greenville, SC (1997). She currently divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Dallas, TX.
Marcelyn McNeil’s work is developed through a process of taping areas to be painted and pouring paint on canvas laid horizontally as well as vertically. This process is both formal and idiosyncratic. Simple clear forms are identified as she develops a work, forms that embody assertiveness, a kind of peculiarity, and vulnerability at the same time. The masses present in her work have a way of being both flat and dimensional. She is thinking about sculpture and three dimensionality continually as she paints, embracing trial and error while developing her peculiar animated forms. Marcelyn earned an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a B.F.A. from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas and recently had a show of work there in 2014. Ms. McNeil lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Lorraine Tady’s work incorporates mechanical-like systems that are subjected to or are participants in an indirect and formal examination of structure; or a subverted diagrammatic, engineering process. The paintings show evidence of searching line, rough outlines covered over and then brought back through scraping or sanding.
Corrections to the image and forms as they are developed are very important in the work. Ms. Tady states, “The language of line propels the work, and I use it to help make visible the parts, and to find the answer to ‘what connects to this, how is this connected to that, etc.” Lorraine is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Texas. She has been included recently in “Parallel Process” at the gallery and had a solo exhibition there in 2013. Ms. Tady lives and works in Dallas, Texas.
The East l West Galleries are on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the corner of Texas & Oakland streets (300 Texas Street), TWU campus in Denton, Texas, 76201.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm, when the university is in session. Weekends by appointment only.
For directions, please go to the TWU website: http://www.twu.edu/visual-arts
For more information please contact: Vance Wingate at 940-898-2533 or by email: email@example.com.