Inspired by Marcel Duchamp – The Royal Flush Series

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp 1917

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp 1917

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.

Homage to Duchamp by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Homage to Duchamp by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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 by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Royal Flush by Ingrid Dee Magidson

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

For more information about the exhibition times and directions, click this sentence.

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A Closer Look at The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid recently completed this exceptional work entitled, The Traveler.  It is quite beautiful and deserves a closer look.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“The Traveler” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The subject is from a 17th Century portrait of a young boy who would later grow up to be king.  Innocence pervades this young monarch as he looks to the future.  Ingrid wanted to bring him back to our time in her art, so she placed the world within his reach – all the various modes of transportation, maps, a compass and other objects for his journey.  Below you can see a detail of the map and compass.  These are actual objects in the art and give us a clue as to the actual depth of the piece (almost 4 inches).  Photography tends to flatten Ingrid’s work and unless you can see the work in person it is difficult to understand this important aspect of her technique.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

Moving to the bottom of the piece, we see a detail of the prince’s hand laying on his helmet, which gives us a different understanding of “The Traveler.”  Perhaps you noticed the toy car on the prince’s his belt.  It symbolizes his link to his childhood even as he is busy becoming a king, reaching into his own  future.  Music penetrates the boy’s hand, one could even say his hand is made of musical notes.  As in so many of Ingrid’s works, this signifies the importance of culture and beauty.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

Next we come to a close up of the prince’s face.  We are immediately captivated by his eyes, a young man’s eyes looking out to the voyages ahead, maybe even through time to us.  Resting at the outermost layer, they signify a reach beyond his own world.  Deeper and below this, we see lines of latitude and longitude, symbols of travel, reminders of those voyages already taken and those to come.  Beyond the boy’s face we see layers of music and maps, wisps of clouds, symbolizing life itself, potential, and the unknown.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

“The Traveler” by Ingrid Dee Magidson, 31 x 25 inches and approximately 4 inches deep.  Thank you for taking a closer look.