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.

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Photos of Ingrid’s Opening Reception in NYC

Ingrid’s one-person exhibition at the Unix Gallery in NYC opened January 23, 2014 to a welcoming crowd.  The bitter cold of January can’t keep art lovers away!

Exhibition continues through March 4, 2014

Unix Gallery

532 West 24th Street (btwn 10 & 11th ave)
New York, NY 10011
212-209-1572
info@UnixGallery.com

Thank you George for the photos.

Solo Exhibition Opens August 3rd

Ingrid’s solo exhibition, Madness of the Muses, opens Saturday, August 3rd in Aspen at the Forré Gallery.  The reception is from 4 to 8pm.  This is Ingrid’s third one-person exhibition in Aspen.  The exhibition will be comprised of 12 of her most experimental works to date, none of which have been shown before.  Each piece is a reach into the depths of creativity that has made Ingrid’s work so unusual and so collectible.

Cherished Memories of Cornell's Lost Muse

Cherished Memories of Cornell’s Lost Muse

Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, Ingrid’s new book, will be officially released at the reception.  The book features Ingrid’s work from the last seven years.  Also included is a catalogue of the complete works from 2006 to 2013, along with essays and articles by prominent art collector Bradley E. Place and others.  Hardcover, 176 pages.

Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches

Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches

TheForré Gallery is located at 426 East Hyman Ave in Aspen (a quarter of a block from the Wheeler Opera House).  Ingrid will be at the reception to visit with collectors and to sign books.  It is a rare opportunity to see so many great works together, meet the artist and get her new book.  RSVP is not necessary but plan to come early, it is likely to get very busy.  See you there.

 

March Video Update on Ingrid’s Work Now Online

March Video Update on Ingrid Dee Magidson

March Video Update

Ingrid’s March video update is now online and ready to view.  In it she discusses her latest works in detail.  It is an intimate look at the process that goes into Ingrid’s work.

Video Update and New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The holidays are a busy time for everyone.  Ingrid reminds us also to do what is important.  Somehow with children, family and guests, she was able to fit in time in the studio.  Two incredible pieces are the result: “The Angels’ Guardian” and “Gaia.”

Gaia by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Gaia by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Angels' Guardian by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Angels’ Guardian by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid took a few minutes to discuss these new works and more on her recent video update.

Video of Ingrid’s Work at Art Miami

Take a look at this recently added video of Ingrid and her work at Art Miami, December 4 – 9, 2012.  It includes a brief interview with the owners of the Unix Gallery who represent her work there.  Under 2 minutes. Enjoy!

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.