Here is the official Press Release for the upcoming Exhibition in Vail this week. We are excited for this Thursday, hope to see you there!
A Cameo Performance by Ingrid Dee Magidson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Transparent Canvases of Artist Ingrid Dee Magidson to be Featured at Galerie Zuger in Vail
VAIL, Colorado (July 2, 2012) – On Thursday and Friday, July 5th and 6th Galerie Zuger will be presenting the innovative artwork of Ingrid Dee Magidson. The artist will be at the receptions for both evenings. Magidson, a Colorado artist, has been showing her transparent canvases for just over five years. In that short time, she has captured the attention of numerous museums and prominent collectors, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Whitney, the Hermitage Museum Foundation and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. This exhibition, her second at Galerie Zuger Vail is titled, “The Illusion of Time.”
Magidson mixes modern materials and renaissance images to capture what she calls “the illusory nature of time.” In the piece “The Butterfly Effect” Magidson presents a beautiful renaissance woman in a classic pose. But she is ghostly and transparent. One can see through the subject into the layers beneath. Butterflies hover in and around her as if in full flight. Images, musical sheets, antique jewelry and manuscripts can be seen through her. The more the viewer looks, the more is revealed.
To create this floating effect, Magidson uses layers of acrylic, collage and objects in a kind of three dimensional assemblage or transparent canvas. As the viewer moves around the artwork, hidden objects reveal themselves and others disappear. It is a kind of reverse illusion; what appears flat is actually three dimensional and the objects that are three dimensional appear flat. Once involved, it is difficult to look away.
Magidson is no stranger to art. Both her parents are artists, as is her identical twin sister. Her husband is an art dealer and writer, whom she met at his art gallery. Asked how she came up with her unique style of art Magidson said:
“I used to go to museums with my parents as a child. I never forgot the paintings I saw and wondered how many other beautiful paintings were tucked away in storage that no one would see. Later, as an artist, I decided to bring these paintings and the people they depicted back to life. I couldn’t just paint them in an ordinary way – that had been done before. So I started playing with modern materials and techniques. Those first exploratory months were the most challenging and darkest times of my life, but I finally had a break-through and it made all those moments worth it.”
There will be two receptions with the artist in attendance, Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th from 3 to 7pm both nights. The exhibition will continue for two weeks. Galeryie Zuger Vail is on the second floor of the Solaris building in the heart of Vail, Colorado.
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