Saturday, August 27, 2011

Marilyn Henrion's Soft City--New York City

I have admired Marilyn Henrion's work for several years, but her recent body of work, Soft City -- Henrion's personal take on New York City, is beyond amazing in both its vision and its artistry. Her contributions from Soft City to Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces, earned her the honor of being named an Artist of Distinction. Like all the pieces in the Soft City series, the three mixed media pieces Henrion contributed are each unique scenes of New York City. Each combines digitally manipulated photography and inkjet printing with hand stitching techniques. The presence of the hand stitching both animates the surfaces and, at the same time, softens and humanizes the urban geometry by the irregular qualities of texture inherent in the materials and construction techniques. These works radiate brilliance in their evidence of creativity, design, and artistry.

New York City
Cable Building Study
New York City
Twilight Study
New York City
Reflection Study

In his introduction to the catalog for Soft City, Ed McCormack writes, The stark iconography of urban architecture takes on palpable sensuality in the distinguished textile artist Marilyn Henrion’s new “Soft City” series, which presents a magical mystery tour of familiar thoroughfares. In these works, Henrion, a native New Yorker, reveals the soft side of New York, with unexpected visual treats lurking around every corner. Once Gotham’s hard unyielding surfaces are peeled back, the beautiful and complex patina of each facade is illuminated. In Soft City, Henrion's strong connection to the images of her Soho neighborhood can be fully appreciated. 
A graduate of Cooper Union, Marilyn Henrion is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. Her award winning artworks have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. They are in major museums, corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York; the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky; the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska; the U.S. Embassy in Pnom Penh, Cambodia; SAS Institute, Cary, North Carolina; and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts; among others. They have also been featured in numerous publications, including Women Designers in the U.S.- 1900-2000, published by Yale University Press. Among the grants Henrion has received was one awarded by the Artslink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the United States and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2005, she was awarded a fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Artst.

More information about Marilyn Henrion and her Soft City series may be found at these sites:

New York City--Cable Building Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800
New York City--Reflection Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800
New York City--Twilight Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800

Still Point Art Gallery
August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Call for Artists - The Abstraction Attraction!

Still Point Art Gallery announces that submissions are now being accepted for its next online exhibition -- The Abstraction Attraction!

This exhibition will be an exploration and celebration of abstraction in visual arts! 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. More details about submissions, along with the entry form, may be found here.

Still Point Art Gallery
August 24, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exhibition Opening--Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces

I am very pleased to announce the opening of Still Point Art Gallery's online exhibition, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces.
The artist travels the world with a sketchbook, an easel, or a camera. The artist wants to draw…paint…take the photograph! The artist travels the world for excitement, challenge, and inspiration…people, culture, architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, famous monuments, ancient ruins. So much to see…so much to absorb. The world's famous places...the world's intimate spaces. 
Our amazing artists have contributed to the creation of a unique and interesting exhibition, showing their views of places and spaces around the world. Truly, one of our finest exhibitions!      

Alexandra Chehy
Patmos Greece Side Street 


Artists of Distinction for this exhibition are photographer Ekaterina Bykhovskaya, photographer Ronnj Medini, and mixed media artist Marilyn Henrion. Be sure to enjoy their wonderful work in the Gallery and come back soon to read about them and their art here in this blog. These artists will have the opportunity to show more of their art as Gallery Artists beginning in November 2011.

Artists selected to exhibit work in this show:

Christine Bakke Bob Craig Marsha Hewitt Jerry Park
Michal Barkai* Paula Dixon Miriam Karp Davide Perella
Sabine Blodorn Monica Engeler Glenn Larsen Judy Reinford
John Brooks Michael Finley Catherine Leach Elizabeth Sheehan
Ekaterina Bykhovskaya George Gati Jessica Levant Jane Soodalter
Amy Bynum Matthew Gauger Nigel Lord Harvey Spears
Adriana Chanmala Valerie Ghoussaini Jim Lustenader Helen Sullivan
Alexandra Chehy Carol Gooberman Ronnj Medini Marko Susla
Ione Citrin Jane Gottlieb Frank Myers Ron Testa
Robert Bruce Clark Marilyn Henrion Timothy Paradise Carla Woody

*Featured in the July 2011 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces will remain a featured exhibition through November 15, 2011 and will remain online until November 15, 2012. 

Still Point Art Gallery
August 10, 2011