Meg Murch: Coloring Outside the Lines
Pottery Northwest is pleased to present "Coloring Outside the LInes," a solo exhibition of work by Meg Murch. The show will run from May 3 through May 24, 2013 in the Gallery of Pottery Northwest's historic home at 226 First Avenue North (between Thomas and John), just one block south of the Key Arena at the Seattle Center. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 3rd, from 6-8:30pm featuring a talk by the artist at 7pm. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Meg Murch concludes her residency at PNW with this exhibition of work created in the past 18 months. Three bodies of work will be on display. All are explorations of color on sculpture.
larger than life portrait busts and expressive self-portrait masks,
large abstracted figures exhibiting Archipenko and Picasso influences, and finally,
hoop-dancing-inspired wall pieces.
Meg works with the human figure and face, both abstractly and realistically. In this exhibit, Meg has applied her years of studying painting, sculpting and portraiture to work that she truly loves. Each work is intended to be a visually coherent statement about an individual. She addresses their likeness, emotional expression and her respect for them. Painting these pieces allows her to amplify her vision. The complexity of the sculpture, the dynamism in the form and the piece's mood, if it is tangible all are considered. Then she decides whether to play up or down these aspects.
"I ask what the sculpture reminds me of, a period in art history, a particular artwork, an aspect of the model's own history. Using these associations, I think about color and mark making. Some sculptures have no strong suggestions to make and I feel free to have fun, play, try stuff out."
Meg values variety and experimentation more than a guaranteed outcome.
"As my painting progresses, I struggle with the sculptural information, texture, line and feature that can be lost, reshaped or dominated by color. Colors and lines have to be softened or muted to work with the sculpture. The sculpture has to be considered in the round. The painting is a panorama and has to wrap the piece. My challenge is to make the sculpture integrated as a painting and readable as a sculpture. It is all good mind bending work."
About Pottery Northwest
Pottery Northwest is the Pacific Northwest's premiere ceramic facility. Founded in 1966 as a non-profit arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career. World class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. Call 206-285-4421.
More information about the artist and web-resolution images are also available at megmurchsculpts.com.
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