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[Enlarge]
New York City
New York City
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
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