Contemplations – A New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Contemplations of Miro is one of Ingrid’s most recent abstract works.  There is wonderful movement in the painting as the amorphous figures seem to float and dance on the canvas.  Using paint and resin, the shapes appear to jump from the canvas.  The shapes evoke a feeling of strange sea creatures or perhaps as viewed under a microscope.  The bright colors are evocative and there is a welcoming, whimsical sense to the painting.

"Contemplations of Miro" 48 x 48 inches

“Contemplations of Miro” 48 x 48 inches

As in all of Ingrid’s work, layers are integral to her creations, Contemplations of Miro is no exception.  The large shapes are the first thing the viewer sees, but as we continue on one starts to see tightly written poetry flowing throughout the painting.  There is a sense of reading the poem without actually reading it, more like absorbing the essence or the raw emotion of the poem.  As we look deeper, we see faint rings of paint.  These fine lines lead our eyes around the composition subconsciously.  Again another layer for the mind to discover.  It is a kind of three dimensional dance on a two dimensional surface.  And the longer one looks, the more one sees.  It is a work that one wants to pull up a chair in front of, get comfortable and just…look.  Contemplations is an apt title for the work.

This work and other beautiful abstracts are now showing at Galerie Zuger in Vail Colorado.

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

Exhibition details released for July 5th and 6th

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

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.

For More Information:

Rayla Kundolf
art@galeriezugervail.com
(970) 476-5619

Newest piece by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Set Me Free by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Set Me Free by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Here is Ingrid’s newest piece, “Set Me Free.”  Another masterpiece.

“Set Me Free”

30 x 24″

Layered mixed media in a shadow box