Enjoy this terrific article released today on Centro Sociale dell’Arte. The Article is in Italian and English, so scroll down to the language of your choice. Lots of images too. Be sure to click on the link to see the whole article.
Ingrid recently completed a commission for a Colorado client. You can see from the photo how large it is, nearly 7 feet tall. It was a challenging piece that was started in March and finished in mid August. We asked her a few questions about working on this piece and commissions in general.
Was the size of this piece a challenge?
I love working on large pieces, it allows me the space to express my visual ideas. But it is also physically very demanding. Just the shear size of the panels and weight can be hard on my body. [The final piece was well over 100 pounds requiring two persons to move it.] I’m very proud of this piece. It brought out some new ideas and challenged old ones.”
Are there more commissions in the works?
Oh yes, I’m working on one now I’m very excited about. And there is another in the idea stage.
How long does a commission take to complete?
That’s not easy to answer. It depends how busy I am, if I’m working towards a show. And it depends on how large the piece is. But all things being normal (which they never are) I usually tell the client to allow 4 to 6 months. If I can do them quicker, I always do.
Do you put more effort into a commission?
I pour my heart into every piece I create.
Would you advise collectors to buy a completed piece or wait for a commission?
It depends on the collector, but I usually advise that they buy the piece they fall in love with when they see it. If that piece is already sold, let’s talk. I can’t do the same piece twice, but I can create something similar. Some collectors are wary of commissions, that they may not be as good as the works the artist creates for himself. If they are uncomfortable, I suggest they wait for new work. But it might help to remember that many of the greatest works of art were commissions: the Mona Lisa, for example. And many great renaissance painters only painted works for patrons on commission. Some collectors are worried that they won’t like a commission piece when it’s done and they’ll be stuck with it. That’s never happened with any of my collectors, but I understand their concern. Each person has to judge their own comfort level about doing a commission. Either way, it always works out.
Ingrid gave me this glorious work of art yesterday. Let me share a little of what this means to me. Ingrid is my wife of 16 years. In that time we have experienced many things, children, challenges, joys, all of them wrapped in love. We have always shared our creative spirits with each other. When she began working on this piece, “The Oracle,” she asked me what I thought. “You must keep it, it is magnificent.” I replied. Instead of keeping it, she gave it to me. But it is much more than a great work of art, it is a connection to us, our family, our inspirations, even our mentors.
A brief history of the artwork
The central figure is from a painting by our dearest friend and art mentor, Eva Cellini. Now in her late eighties, Eva has been an inspiration to both Ingrid and me; Ingrid for her art and me for my writing. Beneath the woman are the components of many dismantled computers. My son and I got the joy of pulling them apart. Ingrid knows my love of all things technological and sci-fi. The butterflies were opened and chosen by my daughter; take a close look, one is impossibly beautiful, transparent.
The oracle doesn’t have a right eye, in its place is a laser emitter. It cuts through the fog of time and reveals the truth. Her gown is made up of music, the sounds of beauty and art. And she is floating above all that technology. She is not denying technology, her eye is made of it after all. No, she accepts it, uses it where appropriate, but is not overwhelmed or in love with it, and it is part of her. She weaves music, art, technology, nature and time into her prophesies.
It is a wonderful piece, personal and beautiful. I am grateful to a beneficent universe that would put me together with my amazing wife. Thank you.
Ingrid’s newest work, Queen of Masquerade is unique in many ways, even for her. In it she experiments with new materials to give a different illusion of depth and dimension. Masquerade, along with several other new works are made with acrylic, wood, butterflies and objects. Unlike her traditional work, the image is not transparent, but sits as the furthermost layer. The other objects sit in front of it, solid and weighty. The closest layer to the viewer is clear acrylic (Plexiglas) drawn with a fine grid, and a hint of misty paint. That’s the structure of the work. Let’s look inside and at some of the symbolism set there.
At first look, one sees the overall form of Countess Cecil, her mask against the dark background. Masquerade has a somber ghost-like quality that speaks of time, history, perhaps an ancient ball that the countess might have attended. Its monochromatic theme is only slightly broken by the bright flowers and butterflies. Even with the splashes of color, darkness pervades the piece. One might be tempted to stop here, interested enough in the overall mood and feeling of the piece. It is hauntingly beautiful in its entirety, but let’s move in for a closer look.
As with all portraits, we are drawn to the subject’s eyes. In this case, peeking through the ballroom mask, we find Countess Cecil’s haunting eyes. Cecil was a very beautiful woman, we can see that now. She was also confident of her beauty as she looks back at us, unafraid. The wasp’s nest which makes up her headdress suggests something of a sting. Gratefully this is softened by the feathers, soft and beautiful. The white butterfly to her left symbolizes life and beauty and the fleeting nature of both. Cecil may have been beautiful, powerful in her day, but she, like all living things, has been recaptured by time.
We move our attention down to Cecil’s hands in the center of the artwork. In her right she lightly holds a fan, perhaps suggesting a bit coquetry. In her left hand a corsage of feathers balances that of the headdress. Cultures across time, countries, even continents are more similar than they are different. This is the same in Masquerade, suggesting that the countess could be African, Asian as easily as European royalty.
At the bottom of the art we see the surprising detail and depth which makes this such an interesting work. The white butterfly seems to have landed on Cecil’s dress, which is deeply folded, and dark against the intricate patterns of the rich carpet. We also see a portion of the grid which Ingrid has painted on the surface. It gives us a sense of separation, a kind of window that we are looking through, or Countess Cecil is looking out of. It is a metaphor for time, that which ultimately separates the subject from the viewer. Transparent, but impenetrable.
The Queen of Masquerade is an example of how Ingrid continues to experiment with her work, breaking through barriers. A dear friend and artist described this new body of work, as “bold and fearless.” And indeed it is.
You can view the rest of Ingrid’s new work on her web site at www.IngridMagidson.com.
Here is the official Press Release for the upcoming Exhibition in Vail this week. We are excited for this Thursday, hope to see you there!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Transparent Canvases of Artist Ingrid Dee Magidson to be Featured at Galerie Zuger in Vail
VAIL, Colorado (July 2, 2012) – On Thursday and Friday, July 5th and 6th Galerie Zuger will be presenting the innovative artwork of Ingrid Dee Magidson. The artist will be at the receptions for both evenings. Magidson, a Colorado artist, has been showing her transparent canvases for just over five years. In that short time, she has captured the attention of numerous museums and prominent collectors, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Whitney, the Hermitage Museum Foundation and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. This exhibition, her second at Galerie Zuger Vail is titled, “The Illusion of Time.”
Magidson mixes modern materials and renaissance images to capture what she calls “the illusory nature of time.” In the piece “The Butterfly Effect” Magidson presents a beautiful renaissance woman in a classic pose. But she is ghostly and transparent. One can see through the subject into the layers beneath. Butterflies hover in and around her as if in full flight. Images, musical sheets, antique jewelry and manuscripts can be seen through her. The more the viewer looks, the more is revealed.
To create this floating effect, Magidson uses layers of acrylic, collage and objects in a kind of three dimensional assemblage or transparent canvas. As the viewer moves around the artwork, hidden objects reveal themselves and others disappear. It is a kind of reverse illusion; what appears flat is actually three dimensional and the objects that are three dimensional appear flat. Once involved, it is difficult to look away.
Magidson is no stranger to art. Both her parents are artists, as is her identical twin sister. Her husband is an art dealer and writer, whom she met at his art gallery. Asked how she came up with her unique style of art Magidson said:
“I used to go to museums with my parents as a child. I never forgot the paintings I saw and wondered how many other beautiful paintings were tucked away in storage that no one would see. Later, as an artist, I decided to bring these paintings and the people they depicted back to life. I couldn’t just paint them in an ordinary way – that had been done before. So I started playing with modern materials and techniques. Those first exploratory months were the most challenging and darkest times of my life, but I finally had a break-through and it made all those moments worth it.”
There will be two receptions with the artist in attendance, Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th from 3 to 7pm both nights. The exhibition will continue for two weeks. Galeryie Zuger Vail is on the second floor of the Solaris building in the heart of Vail, Colorado.
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Rob Reid came to the studio of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Colorado in the fall of 2010 to record and interview Ingrid and Jay Magidson. He and his film crew were on site for three days filming and interviewing the artist and her husband. It was a unique experience to say the least. Rob is a consummate professional. He has a way of making you feel at ease even in the most difficult shots. For example, Ingrid was retelling the story of her youth, about particular difficulties that ultimately led her to a life of art. At one point, she was overwhelmed with emotion and was unable to continue. Rob respected the emotion and the moment. He never hurried her or tried to move on, he simply waited, “when you’re ready, we’ll continue.”
Filming moved into Ingrid’s studio. This was not an easy place to shoot. It is very crowded and the light is difficult. Ingrid’s work has many reflective surfaces that make it very difficult to photograph. Rob and his crew moved in without a complaint, setting up lights and reflectors and in no time they were filming. Take a look at the final minutes of the film, it shows some very creative shots that Rob came up with where Ingrid is on the other side of the art.
Thank you Rob and congratulations on your much deserved award.
2012 Silver Telly Award to The Reid Effect for Film Documentary, “Windows Through Time,” the work of Ingrid Dee Magidson
Whispered Memories is one of 12 new works featured at the upcoming one-woman exhibition for Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, July 5th. Mysterious and thought provoking, it is a good example of her recent work. Once again, Ingrid challenges herself to reach beyond the expected into the unknown.
We feel a great sense of time with this piece. The little boy has long since grown up, lived, died, was buried and has long ago turned to dust. Yet here he is again, as if reawakened from a dream. The butterflies flying around his head, give the viewer a feeling that he just ran in long enough to get his portrait painted, and ran back out to play. His clothes and hat reveal a deeper sophistication, however. And his haunting eyes show a thoughtful look far past his young years.
When we look closer, we find an entire life woven into the boy’s figure. His clothes are not just fabric but stories, mythology and adventure. One see’s cupid and other cherubs. But there are also kings, battles and castles, an entire life layered here. It is the boy’s future, now our past, that is merged impossibly together.
One necessarily moves back to the boys face, cherubic and beautiful, but fractured. Ingrid has layered it in such a way as to show a break under the eyes. The mind dreams of the future, the eyes see past us beyond even our own lifetimes. But the heart and body are separate from the mind, part of the past and history. It is this fracture that keeps up coming back to his beautiful young face, the past and the future trapped in his small body.
Whispered Memories is about all of us, about our link to our own childhood, when we gazed into the future unafraid, without care for the past. But as we get older, our future shrinks, and our past grows, the two threatening to tear apart from each other. But they don’t tear us apart, the stay joined. And just like Whispered Memories, we hold the impossible together.
Whispered Memories and 11 other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson will be featured at her One-Woman Exhibition opening July 5th and 6th at Galerie Zuger, Vail, 6 to 9pm both nights. The exhibition continues for three weeks.
Below, is a very brief video of one of Ingrid’s works, “Together We’ll Make History.” It is a romantic and beautiful work dedicated to all lovers of beauty. It is 47 x 36 inches and is one the newest works featured at Forre Floria Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Co.
To see other videos about Ingrid Dee Magidson and her extraordinary work, click here or “Videos” on your left.
It’s official. Ingrid is now showing with Forre Floria Gallery in Aspen. Gallery owner, Ania Forre was at Ingrid’s studio today to look at Ingrid’s newest work. Ingrid and Ania discussed many things, not least of which, was getting Ingrid’s work into the gallery as soon as possible.
Aspen has a lot of personal importance to Ingrid and her work. Her first one-person exhibition was in Aspen in 2007. That extraordinary show sold out within hours of arriving in the gallery – a full 3 days before the official opening of the exhibition. Aspen was the home to her and her husband’s gallery for 18 years as well. There are a lot of loyal collectors who will welcome the addition of Ingrid’s work in the expansive Forre Floria Gallery.
Earlier this year, well-known and respected gallery owner, David Floria joined forces with the Forre Gallery (the name changed from Forre Gallery to Forre Floria Gallery). Ingrid had a one person exhibition with David in 2010, which was also an unqualified success. David has been a long time friend of Ingrid and Jay, and we are happy he has added his wealth of talent and knowledge to this outstanding gallery. Thank you David and Ania. Ingrid is grateful to be showing in your beautiful gallery.
To inquire about Ingrid’s work at the Forre Floria Gallery, please go to the web site at http://www.forrefineart.com/
To see more of Ingrid’s work, go to her web sited at: http://www.IngridMagidson.com
Here is Ingrid’s newest piece, “Set Me Free.” Another masterpiece.
“Set Me Free”
30 x 24″
Layered mixed media in a shadow box