Donation to the ArtBase Annual Gala Auction

On August 19th this extraordinary work by Ingrid Dee Magidson will be auctioned off at the ArtBase’s annual gala benefit.  All the proceeds will be used to support the operations of this exceptional local art center.  Thousands of budding artists and visitors have been able to appreciate and create art because of the ArtBase’s efforts.  Ingrid is proud to offer her support.

Timeless Portrait by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Timeless Portrait by Ingrid Dee Magidson, layered Mixed Media, wood, mirrors, acrylic, antique objects and clock, 14 x 10 inches

For a preview of this and the dozens of artworks being auctioned off, please go to: theartbase.org/2017-gala-artwork

If you would like to bid on this beautiful work or the many others, or go to the annual gala on August 19th, please contact:

The ArtBase
99 Midland Spur
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4123
www.theartbase.org
info@theartbase.org

 

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.

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

Ingrid’s Exhibitions in Vail, CO and Venice, Italy

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It’s winter in Colorado, skiing, snow and sitting by the fire.  Wait, you’ve done that.  How about seeing the extraordinary new work of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, Colorado.  Opening on December 28th and 29th, 2015, Ingrid’s new work will be featured with a one-woman exhibition at the beautiful Galerie Zuger in the Solaris Building in Vail.  Once again, Ingrid has stretched the bounds of creativity with her new work, experimenting with materials and subjects.  Just beautiful.

Belair Fine Art will be opening their 15th art gallery next year in Venice, Italy.  Right, you guessed it, they will be showing Ingrid’s work there too.  Amazing city, amazing gallery, and amazing art.  Thank you Belair Fine Art!

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An Artwork’s Journey Home – From Aspen to Houston to Aspen

The Artist Dreams is an unusual piece in many ways.  First it is by artist, Ingrid Dee Magidson, which by definition makes it unique.  But even within that broad category of the different, The Artist Dreams pushes new boundaries.

The Artist Dreams by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Artist Dreams, 2013

About two years ago, Ingrid’s son found the remains of a deer near their home.  A mountain lion had killed the poor creature, and other animals had eaten what it had left behind.  When Ingrid’s son found it, only part of the spine remained.  Knowing how his mother likes certain objects, he brought it home.  Ingrid cleaned and preserved the bones and put it aside for just the right piece.

A year later, the right piece was ready for the spine – The Artist Dreams.  It is a surrealist work representing the illusory nature of time, how living things are at once so fragile and strong; living only a few years, but leaving behind bones that could last centuries, millennia or even eons.  The work is also unique in that it incorporates mirrors on both sides of the spine.  The viewer is able to see the front and sides of the spine simultaneously.  It was a technically difficult piece that came out spectacularly.

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Dr. Carolyn Farb with The Artist Dreams

The Artist Dreams was debuted at the Aspen Art Fair in August 2013.  The Unix Gallery out of New York City exhibited this and other of Ingrid’s work.  There were several interested collectors, but the piece did not sell until it was exhibited in Houston later that month.  Well known art collector and philanthropist, Dr. Carolyn Farb saw the work and immediately fell in love with it.  She purchased it and hung it prominently in her Houston home.  She compares it to work by one of her other favorite artists: Frida Kahlo.

And we come full circle to the 2014 Aspen Art Fair, which opens July 31st at the Ice Gardens in Aspen.  Unix Gallery will once again be showing Ingrid’s newest work.  Work that is unique, challenging and always beautiful.

Aspen Art Fair
July 31-Aug 3, 2014
Aspen Ice Gardens
233 W Hyman Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611
www.Art-Aspen.com

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