Reality in Layers

“Reality is subjective.”

Each of us sees the world through our own unique colored lenses of experience, emotion and perception.  What is real, what is illusion is one of the central premises of Ingrid’s work.  Looking through the transparent layers of her art is like looking through the mystery of our own senses, going deeper to the core of what makes us human.  Out past experiences make us who we are, layer upon layer, building and coloring our world.

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Ingrid’s most recent layered work, “Destiny Leading the Way,” reveals her most exploratory work to date.  All surfaces are transparent, the face, sides and even the back.  The viewer can literally see into the work from all angles.  The subject is only the starting place.  We see the Renaissance lady sitting atop a magnificent horse, but there is far more as we move about the work.  Layers of fabric, butterflies, clock parts, foils and paint reveal a complex world of discovery.  We see the whole AND the parts simultaneously, the small and the large together.

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“This is the closest I’ve come yet to a work that floats, ghost-like, like an apparition visiting us from the past.  I want the viewer to see the workings of my work, see the elements inside, the parts that make her who she is and consequently look at our own parts, to discover who we are.”

“Destiny Leading the Way” is the first in this experimental series, which Ingrid plans to do as an exhibition in the near future.  “This new technique is extremely difficult and time consuming to create, both technically and creatively.  Each piece requires considering the view, from not only the front, but from all angles.  I love challenging myself.”

I think we can agree, Ingrid has once again outdone herself.

“Destiny Leading the Way” is on display at the new Master’s Gallery in the Cherry Creek area of Denver.

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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.

Ingrid’s Newest Work at Southampton and Aspen Art Fairs

Ingrid Dee Magidson’s artwork will be exhibited at Art Southampton this weekend (July 24 – July 28) and Art Aspen the following weekend (July 31 – Aug 3).

Desire's Web by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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From Art Southampton’s web site:

Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami, is the premier international contemporary and modern art fair taking place at the peak of the social and cultural season in the Hamptons, July 24 through 28, 2014. The fair features a carefully selected group of more than 75 international art galleries with a strong focus on works from the 20th and 21st  centuries.

Each year, the fair is located on the sprawling 18-acre estate property behind the Southampton Elks Lodge and adjacent to the Southampton Golf Club, directly off of Route 27 A. The proximity of the Art Southampton pavilion provides convenient access for residents and collectors on Long Island, the greater New York region and the Tri-State area who visit the Hamptons frequently during the summer. Ample on-site parking and valet service are available.  More…
Ingrid’s work will be exhibited at the Unix Gallery, NYC booth.  For more information: http://www.art-southampton.com/
Lost in a Dream by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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From ArtAspen’s web site:

Join us as ArtAspen returns for its eagerly awaited fifth edition. The Fair offers the gallery art world exclusive entry into the semi-private and affluent playground of the rich and famous.

Aspen’s First and Only Fine Art Fair for Important Contemporary Art

Limited in size to just 30 dealers, this intimate and impeccably designed setting provides fairgoers an elegant and manageable viewing and buying experience. It is the ideal setting for both art dealers and art collectors to meet and mingle while experiencing the most dynamic marketplace for important art, ranging from 1950-present. More..

Ingrid’s work will be featured at the Unix Gallery, NYC booth.  For more information: http://www.art-aspen.com/

The Blue Pearl by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Blue Pearl 12 x 7

Ingrid will at the opening of ArtAspen.  Hope to see you there!

 

Ingrid’s Newest Commission Installed in Denver

Ingrid began her most challenging commission more than a year ago.  It was just completed and installed in the owner’s home this past Wednesday.  The monumental piece entitled, “Goya’s Muse” combines the transparent images of two of Goya’s most well known paintings, “The Duchess of Alba in White” and the “Duchess of Alba in Black.”

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Goya’s history with the Duchess of Alba is not fully known, but it seems likely Goya was in love with her.  In the painting nicknamed, “White Duchess” one can see “Solo Goya” (only Goya) written in the sand.  The Black Duchess was painted shortly after the Duchess of Alba’s husband died.  In it we see her wearing her mourning dress, but not so much sad as defiant.

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Ingrid’s challenge was to combine the two paintings into her own work.  To do this, she made both images so transparent, the viewer can see through both and to the background beneath.  They stand over one another, different versions of the same woman, but also part of each other.  Ingrid placed many of her familiar objects into the work to denote time: clocks, sand and an hourglass.  Also quite challenging was the scale of the work.  Standing at almost 7 feet high (213cm) and nearly as wide, it was extremely difficult to handle the large panels and became quite heavy, about 150lbs.  In both works the Duchess is standing on the beach, Ingrid wanted to create the illusion of the sand in motion.  Using industrial glue and solvent, she created a frozen seascape of sand and shells that looks like a slice of the beach.

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Off to the right of the monumental portrait of the two duchesses is the tiny portrait of her dog.  Ingrid decided to place the dog in a separate box and frame so it would not lose its importance in the large piece.  He stands alone on a bed of shells and sand, illuminated by hidden lights in the box, but also connected to the duchess by a gold chain.  The effect is at once poignant and humorous.  For all her importance and nobility the duchess couldn’t be without her little dog.

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Thank you Brad and Penny for commissioning Ingrid to do this challenging work, for your patience and trust.  She is grateful and honored to have created a work of art so special for you.

In Depth Look at Newest Creation by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid’s newest piece, Eternity’s Doorway is one of her most experimental.  In it, she adds a number of objects inside and outside the piece that give the work a highly dimensional feel as well as giving it sculptural elements.

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Eternity’s Doorway

Even though some of the objects are quite large, they are subtle, almost unseen.  For example, under the the face is a skull.  The photograph obscures it somewhat, but it comes and goes as the viewer walks around the art.  Not in a haunting way, but as a glimpse to something deeper.

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Eternity’s Doorway – Face & Skull

Ingrid also put various object on the outside of the art to give it sculptural details:

Eternity’s Doorway is ultimately about the connection we all have with eternity, from a timeless soul to objects which fade.  Even our own body will eventually disappear, but the deeper reality of existence transcends time, perhaps even our memories, or the memory of us.

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Eternity’s Doorway – Hourglass

It is the detail and subtlety which make us who we are; and so it is with Ingrid’s art.

Photos of Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair April 10

Here are a few photos from the Unix Booth at Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair where Ingrid is showing April 10-13, 2014

Ingrid’s Work Showing at Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair April 10-13

What better place to show the innovative art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, but at one of the most innovative places in the world – Silicon Valley, California.

Ingrid Dee Magidson at Silicon Valley Contemporary, April 10-13

Ingrid’s Newest Work, Ethereal Visions

Ingrid’s newest work will be featured at the Unix Gallery (booth 301) at Silicon Valley Contemporary from April 10 to 13.  This prestigious art event will be held at the impressive and recently remodeled San Jose McEnery Convention Center.  More than fifty galleries from ten different countries will be displaying their best work.  Of course, Ingrid’s work will be shown at such an important event.

Ingrid will be debuting several pieces, among them will be her most recent experimental work, Ethereal Visions.  In this unusual work, she has combined paint, an antique handbag, butterflies, interactive lights, and seven layers of imagery into a must see work of art.  To abuse a cliché, pictures don’t do it justice.

More information about the event dates, time and location is listed below.  You have to go to this one!

Silicon Valley Contemporary
Unix Gallery – Booth 301
At the San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
Thursday Evening, April 10 (Private reception) 5 – 9:30pm
Friday, April 11, 11-8pm
Saturday, April 12, 11-8pm
Sunday, April 13, 11-6pm