Houston Press Article by Susie Tommaney reviews Ingrid Magidson’s Exhibition at Unix Gallery.
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.
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.
Never content to stand still, Ingrid experiments with new materials in this recent series of dimensional work. The objects literally jump from the surface.
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.
Once Upon a Timeless
April 22 – May 31, 2016
Opening Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 22, 5-8pm
4411 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
For the 3rd year in a row, Ingrid’s work will be exhibited at Art Miami, part of Art Basel/Miami week. Each year hundreds of galleries, showing thousands of works of art converge on Miami. It is the most influential and prestigious gathering of art and galleries in the country. Ingrid’s work will be exhibited by Unix Gallery of New York City. Unix is known for its influential and cutting edge art, a true innovator and leader in the art world. It is a great honor to be exhibiting with them.
The featured work this year will be Ingrid’s masterpiece, Cherished Memories of Cornell’s Lost Muse. As the title suggests, the work is an homage to Joseph Cornell. Ingrid reached deep into her psyche to create a work of not only sublime beauty, but intense emotion. The central figure is the young Queen Isabella of Austria surrounded by her dreamlike memories. The antique objects seem to hover, frozen in time, as the princess looks out through her dream at the viewer, questioning, wondering whether time exists at all, and who after all, is the dreamer.
Art Miami opens on Tuesday, December 2nd and continues through Sunday, December 7th.
Midtown Miami Complex (Winwood Art District)
Art Miami Website: www.art-miami.com
Unix Gallery, NYC booth D-12
Unix Gallery Website: www.Unixgallery.com
Ingrid’s work is often looked at with seriousness and contemplation, but many of her pieces begin with a humorous twist. In the Royal Flush series, Ingrid was inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work, Fountain. An upside down urinal signed simply, “R. Mutt, 1917,” it has become one of the most important works of the 20th Century, opening the door for Pop, Conceptual and other art movements. Ingrid decided to take a more sideways, and perhaps literal view of Duchamp’s work. In the Royal Flush series, Ingrid has placed transparent images of kings and queens in front of antique toilets.
“I think it gives us perspective on the concept of royalty, that we really are all the same. Certainly we all have to use the toilet no matter how important we think we are.” Ingrid says.
The first piece created in the series, “Homage to Duchamp” is an extraordinary work. Using a strategically placed mirror, the viewer is able to see behind the main subject into the room beyond. When Ingrid finished the work, she realized it was unique, fell in love with it and refused to sell the piece even after several generous offers.
Royal Flush is a play on Velasquez’s famous portrait of Princess Margarita as a child. In it, the future queen has a basket of fruit on her head and an antique doll’s toilet emerging from her enormous dress. Describing it here, one would think it would be funny or satirical at the very least, but in reality, the work is rather poignant. The girl’s sad, serious eyes give us a glimpse into the rigid life ahead of this little girl. Maybe that’s not funny at all.
– Jay Magidson
You can see this and several other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson at Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco October 9 – 12, 1014.
Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403