Marilyn Henrion’s 25th solo exhibition, which opens on September 29 at Noho-M55 Gallery, fuses past and present: Ancient needlework techniques combine with digitally manipulated photography and pigment printing to create mixed media works of art that reflect contemporary aesthetic sensibilities. 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 Henrion’s construction techniques. Also included in this exhibition are linen collages on wood panels, derived from the same imagery, which capture the energy and vitality of all cities and the ever-changing urban landscape.
Marilyn Henrion's focus on windows in their various permutations has metaphorical implications that are not lost on this artist. From Renaissance paintings to cinema and cyberspace, the window has always been perceived as a mediator between spaces. Windows are the visual bridge between inside and out. Though transparent, the window may serve as the barrier or the link between the viewer and the world beyond. To those outside, it may reflect the world, or provide one with a glimpse of the inside. To those inside, it may shield them from the reality outside or offer a connection to it. The intimate life stories behind windows are limitless, as are the events seen through the windows.
A graduate of Cooper Union, Marilyn Henrion is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC. Her award winning artworks have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. They are in major museum, corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Newark Museum, the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland, the U.S. Embassy in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, 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 U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2005, she was awarded a fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Additional images can be viewed on the artist’s website, www.marilynhenrion.com
A 144 page catalog, “Windows,Third Edition”, includes works from Windows and Patchwork City, along with essays about the work by Bobbie Leigh and Ed McCormack. High resolution images are available to press upon request.
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