Contemplations – A New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Contemplations of Miro is one of Ingrid’s most recent abstract works.  There is wonderful movement in the painting as the amorphous figures seem to float and dance on the canvas.  Using paint and resin, the shapes appear to jump from the canvas.  The shapes evoke a feeling of strange sea creatures or perhaps as viewed under a microscope.  The bright colors are evocative and there is a welcoming, whimsical sense to the painting.

"Contemplations of Miro" 48 x 48 inches

“Contemplations of Miro” 48 x 48 inches

As in all of Ingrid’s work, layers are integral to her creations, Contemplations of Miro is no exception.  The large shapes are the first thing the viewer sees, but as we continue on one starts to see tightly written poetry flowing throughout the painting.  There is a sense of reading the poem without actually reading it, more like absorbing the essence or the raw emotion of the poem.  As we look deeper, we see faint rings of paint.  These fine lines lead our eyes around the composition subconsciously.  Again another layer for the mind to discover.  It is a kind of three dimensional dance on a two dimensional surface.  And the longer one looks, the more one sees.  It is a work that one wants to pull up a chair in front of, get comfortable and just…look.  Contemplations is an apt title for the work.

This work and other beautiful abstracts are now showing at Galerie Zuger in Vail Colorado.

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The Permanence of Art in an Impermanent World

Virtual Reality has some kinks to be worked out, while Twitter, Facebook, Digital Art and Flash Mobs are here now.  They quickly pique our interest, but are gone as quickly, replaced by the next post, video or event.  Our world has become a fast moving assault of images, opinions and ideas.  We react quickly, often with extreme passion, only to move on to the next event or visual crisis within minutes or even seconds.

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“Emergence,” Acrylic, resin and objects on canvas by Ingrid Dee Magidson

 

This is completely new and alien to the human condition.  Is this good for us?  Time will have to decide.  But what it does do, is help us appreciate the few permanent things in our life.  We take vacations at a tropical beach precisely because it is difficult to be reached by phone or Internet.  We want time to not only decompress, but allow our minds to rest from the barrage of images.

Art Can be That Permanence We so Desperately Seek

When you collect a beloved work of art and hang it on your wall (or visit a work at a museum), there is a relationship that occurs.  It is deeply personal.  You don’t need to explain it unless you want to.  You can simply be with your experience.  It is rare and extraordinarily human.

Mankind has Created Art for Thousands of Years

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Chauvet Cave Painting

Human beings have created art far longer than recorded history.  We have some beautiful examples preserved in caves in France and Spain dating back as far as 40,000 years.  It is likely it goes back even further, just that the art hasn’t survived.  We know why in the deepest essence of our beings.  Art is the language of conceptualization.  A single look and we take in a whole world of ideas that crosses the boundaries of time and space.  Twenty-first Century man, with all his electronic gadgets, can absolutely connect with his non-technical or “primitive” counterpart 40,000 years ago.  All he has to do is look.

We are Hungry for Something to Linger Over

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“Primitive” Acrylic and Resin on Canvas by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Modern society in its weird and anti-human way discourages this experience.  We are expected to move on from image to image like hyperactive children, while deep in our psyche we crave the peaceful interaction of a single object to linger over.  The solution is to find a work of art you love, pull up a chair and contemplate infinity in its depth.  Think of it as a vacation for the spirit.

Ingrid Dee Magidson’s Exhibition in Vail, Colorado opened December 29, 2016.

Beyond the Bounds of Reality – Abstraction

Ingrid’s work at her upcoming show in Vail will mostly feature her newest abstract work.  It may seem like a departure, but it is actually the work within the work that is being exposed.  Each layered piece begins with an abstract painting; the figurative construction grows from that point outwards.

December 29 at Galerie Zuger in Vail

Blue, acrylic and resin on canvas

Recently, she set one of the abstract works aside and carefully considered it, lived with it.  It was too good to hide, so she decided to keep it that way and start again with another background.  Before long, Ingrid had several abstract works.  Though they are very different from the layered works, they are also very similar in mood and composition.  Complex and hauntingly beautiful, they are a natural expression to her artistic style.

Zen, Acrylic and resin on canvas

Zen, Acrylic and resin on canvas

The exhibition in Vail will present her newest works, both abstract and transparent layers.  To see them together is a rare opportunity and a fascinating look inside the artistic process.  It is well worth a visit.  The exhibition opens this Thursday, December 29th at Galerie Zuger, Vail.  Ingrid will be at the drop-in reception from 11 – 7.  Stop by if you are in the area, and Happy New Year.

Tranquility, Acrylic and resin on canvas 48 x 78

Tranquility, Acrylic and resin on canvas 48 x 78

Galerie Zuger, is in central Vail on the main floor of the Solaris Building next to Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant (overlooking the ice-skating rink) at 141 East Meadow Drive, www.galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619

Uncharted Lands, Acrylic and resin

Uncharted Lands, Acrylic and resin on canvas

Houston Exhibition Preview

Once Upon a Timeless opens in Houston, TX, Friday, April 22 at the Unix Gallery

Ingrid has reached into the creative unknown to produce her most exciting work to date.  It has always been her goal to paint the human spirit in her work, to capture that spark or essence that is the nobility in each of us.  Using three related techniques in this unusual exhibition, Ingrid brushes the beauty within each of us.  Though it is difficult to capture the true depth and dimensionality of her work in photographs, here for your viewing pleasure are a few samples of the masterpieces you will see at the exhibition.

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Tosca’s Lost Love 52 x 38

Ingrid continues to create her most well-known work, consisting of transparent layers, antique objects and butterflies.  Stunningly beautiful images that touch the divine in each of us.

Once Upon a Timeless 39 x 29

Once Upon a Timeless 39 x 29

Never content to stand still, Ingrid experiments with new materials in this recent series of dimensional work.  The objects literally jump from the surface.

The Magician 55 x 48

The Magician 55 x 48

 

Emergence 38 x 32

Abstraction has always been a critical part of Ingrid’s work, sometime layered deep within her figurative work, or gently applied to the transparent surfaces.  Her show in Houston will be the first time these paintings will be shown as separate and unique work.

First 46 x 70

First 46 x 70

 

Genesis 48 x 72

Genesis 48 x 72

Once Upon a Timeless
April 22 – May 31, 2016
Opening Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 22, 5-8pm

Unix Gallery
4411 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
713-874-1770
UnixGallery.com