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

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.

Ingrid Working Hard on her Upcoming Exhibition

Ingrid Video Shoot - May 21st

Video Shoot of Ingrid Working on her Upcoming Exhibition

Ingrid is working like crazy toward her Vail exhibition opening July 5th.  Today we worked on short videos of each piece (coming soon).  She has finished eight pieces and continues to work hard on more.  Ingrid took a short break from the studio so we could film her talking about her recent creations.  You have to work quickly to catch Ingrid between her studio and her family.   Busy, but what could be better than doing what you love.

The exhibition titled “The Illusion of Time” features some of her most experimental pieces to date.  Short videos will be on the web site and blog in the next few days.  In the meantime, you can look at still images on Ingrid’s website at: www.IngridMagidson.com.

“The Illusion of Time”
One Person Exhibition of Recent Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson
Reception July 5 and 6, 6 to 9 pm.
Galerie Zuger Vail
Solaris Building, Vail

Final 5 pieces complete – Exhibition Opens Thursday!

Our Eternity Begins Now 53 x 38"

Our Eternity Begins Now 53 x 38"

Ingrid has finished and sent off the final 5 pieces for her exhibition in Denver.  “Windows into the Past” opens Thursday & Friday at the Masters Gallery from 6-9pm both nights.  Ingrid is very proud of her latest work.  The exhibition consists of 11 works, all but one completed in 2011.  “It has been thrilling.  I dug deep into myself for this group, and I’m very pleased with the results.  I can’t wait to see all the work hung in the gallery.”  Ingrid said yesterday as the works left her studio.  “The works are very personal to me.”  She said.  “Sometimes people ask, ‘Then how can you let them go?’  Once the emotions are expressed they are free to go.   When they leave, they create a space for me to create more.  And that is what I live for in my art.”

“Windows into the Past”

Opening on two nights: Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 at 6-9pm.
Masters Gallery
The Village Shops at The Landmark
5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303.221.2449
www.mastersgallerydenver.com