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.

Ingrid’s Exhibitions in Vail, CO and Venice, Italy

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It’s winter in Colorado, skiing, snow and sitting by the fire.  Wait, you’ve done that.  How about seeing the extraordinary new work of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, Colorado.  Opening on December 28th and 29th, 2015, Ingrid’s new work will be featured with a one-woman exhibition at the beautiful Galerie Zuger in the Solaris Building in Vail.  Once again, Ingrid has stretched the bounds of creativity with her new work, experimenting with materials and subjects.  Just beautiful.

Belair Fine Art will be opening their 15th art gallery next year in Venice, Italy.  Right, you guessed it, they will be showing Ingrid’s work there too.  Amazing city, amazing gallery, and amazing art.  Thank you Belair Fine Art!

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Ingrid Magidson Exhibition – Vail Opening March 27 and 28

Galerie Zuger in Vail, Colorado will be hosting the work of Ingrid Dee Magidson with two opening receptions on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th.  The artist will be in attendance from 3 to 7 pm on both evenings.

Ingrid will be showing her most experimental work to date.  That is saying a lot from an artist who continues to challenge herself with both materials and their use.  Consider the work below titled, “My Canvas.”  In this relatively small work Ingrid has created a visual reflection of sculptural objects beyond the bounds of the frame.  Inside the work (not easily seen here) are elements of the girl’s life in a kind of visual diary.  The overall effect is hauntingly beautiful.

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My Canvas, 22 x 14 inches

Below are a few of the other works in the exhibition:

Galerie Zuger Vail is in the Solaris Building in the heart of Vail, Colorado.  To visit their website, please go to: Galerie Zuger Vail
The Exhibition opens with 2 receptions: Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, both at 3-7 pm with the artist in attendance.

September and October Exhibition Schedule for Ingrid Dee Magidson

Three Exhibitions, two countries, and one book signing.  Ingrid’s work will be showing in 4 venues this fall, from San Francisco to New York City and Aspen to Toronto.  It is a great opportunity for you to see her new work and possibly meet the artist.  Here is the schedule:

September 17 – 21  New York City

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Daniela & Alex of Unix Gallery, NYC to feature Ingrid’s work at the Park Avenue Armory September 17-21

 The Avenue Art Fair
Art, Antique and Jewelry Show
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave, NYC
Unix Gallery Booth

October 1 Snowmass Village, CO

Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Madness of the Muses

Book Signing in Snowmass Village at the MPMA Confernce October 1

Book signing and meet the artist
Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference
Snowmass Conference Center
Click here for information or to attend the conference

October 9 – 12 San Francisco, CA

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Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco Oct 9-12

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco
Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Unix Gallery Booth

October 23 – 27 Toronto, Canada

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Art Toronto, October 23 – 27, 2014

Art Toronto
Metro Toronto Convention Center
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Canada
Unix Gallery Booth

Ingrid Featured on the Cover of Professional Artist Magazine

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Congratulations to Ingrid.  Her piece, “Strength and Honor” is featured on the cover of the December/January issue of Professional Artist Magazine.  Ingrid is one of five artists interviewed for an article about mothers who are also artists and how they balance their family lives and careers.  My favorite quote from the article is when Ingrid is asked why she is in an artist.  She says, “I remind myself everyday that I have been given a gift, and it is my purpose, and it is my responsibility, and its my obligation to fulfill it and to give it back.”

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Images from the article

Professional Artist is a terrific magazine.  You can find it at Barnes and Noble or you can buy a digital copy on their web site.

Documentary of Ingrid Magidson’s Work Wins 2012 Telly Award

Congratulations to The Reid Effect of Pioria, AZ for their recent award of a Silver Telly (highest honor) for “Windows Through Time” a documentary of Ingrid Dee Magidson’s art work.

Rob Reid came to the studio of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Colorado in the fall of 2010 to record and interview Ingrid and Jay Magidson.  He and his film crew were on site for three days filming and interviewing the artist and her husband.  It was a unique experience to say the least.  Rob is a consummate professional.  He has a way of making you feel at ease even in the most difficult shots.  For example, Ingrid was retelling the story of her youth, about particular difficulties that ultimately led her to a life of art.  At one point, she was overwhelmed with emotion and was unable to continue.  Rob respected the emotion and the moment.  He never hurried her or tried to move on, he simply waited, “when you’re ready, we’ll continue.”

Filming moved into Ingrid’s studio.  This was not an easy place to shoot.  It is very crowded and the light is difficult.  Ingrid’s work has many reflective surfaces that make it very difficult to photograph.  Rob and his crew moved in without a complaint, setting up lights and reflectors and in no time they were filming.  Take a look at the final minutes of the film, it shows some very creative shots that Rob came up with where Ingrid is on the other side of the art.

Thank you Rob and congratulations on your much deserved award.

2012 Silver Telly Award to The Reid Effect for Film Documentary, “Windows Through Time,” the work of Ingrid Dee Magidson

Video of Ingrid’s Lastest Pieces – Together We’ll Make History

Below, is a very brief video of one of Ingrid’s works, “Together We’ll Make History.”  It is a romantic and beautiful work dedicated to all lovers of beauty.  It is 47 x 36 inches and is one the newest works featured at Forre Floria Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Co.

To see other videos about Ingrid Dee Magidson and her extraordinary work, click here or “Videos” on your left.