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.
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.”
Ingrid took a few minutes to discuss these new works and more on her recent video update.
Ingrid recently completed this exceptional work entitled, The Traveler. It is quite beautiful and deserves a closer look.
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.
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.
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, 31 x 25 inches and approximately 4 inches deep. Thank you for taking a closer look.
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!
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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Whispered Memories is one of 12 new works featured at the upcoming one-woman exhibition for Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, July 5th. Mysterious and thought provoking, it is a good example of her recent work. Once again, Ingrid challenges herself to reach beyond the expected into the unknown.
We feel a great sense of time with this piece. The little boy has long since grown up, lived, died, was buried and has long ago turned to dust. Yet here he is again, as if reawakened from a dream. The butterflies flying around his head, give the viewer a feeling that he just ran in long enough to get his portrait painted, and ran back out to play. His clothes and hat reveal a deeper sophistication, however. And his haunting eyes show a thoughtful look far past his young years.
When we look closer, we find an entire life woven into the boy’s figure. His clothes are not just fabric but stories, mythology and adventure. One see’s cupid and other cherubs. But there are also kings, battles and castles, an entire life layered here. It is the boy’s future, now our past, that is merged impossibly together.
One necessarily moves back to the boys face, cherubic and beautiful, but fractured. Ingrid has layered it in such a way as to show a break under the eyes. The mind dreams of the future, the eyes see past us beyond even our own lifetimes. But the heart and body are separate from the mind, part of the past and history. It is this fracture that keeps up coming back to his beautiful young face, the past and the future trapped in his small body.
Whispered Memories is about all of us, about our link to our own childhood, when we gazed into the future unafraid, without care for the past. But as we get older, our future shrinks, and our past grows, the two threatening to tear apart from each other. But they don’t tear us apart, the stay joined. And just like Whispered Memories, we hold the impossible together.
Whispered Memories and 11 other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson will be featured at her One-Woman Exhibition opening July 5th and 6th at Galerie Zuger, Vail, 6 to 9pm both nights. The exhibition continues for three weeks.
Here is Ingrid’s newest piece, “Set Me Free.” Another masterpiece.
“Set Me Free”
30 x 24″
Layered mixed media in a shadow box