Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 6-9PM
Deborah Colton Gallery
2445 North Boulevard
Houston, TX 77098
Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to announce Cloud, a solo exhibition project of recent works by Mary Ann Strandell. Cloud showcases on central oil painting and a series of 3D lenticular prints. The artist's 2009 solo exhibition, Between Plane and Perception, at Deborah Colton was featured in Paper CIty magazine by Catherine Anspon highlighting Strandell's innovative use of lenticular media. Strandell's work was first seen at Deborah Colton Gallery in 2004 group exhibition Touch and Temperature: Art in the Age of Cybernetic Totalism, curated by New York artist Michael Rees.
Cloud exhibition explores permutations and experience of Cloud technology. In both an analogue and digital framework. These new works undertake an analytic/romantic relation to the iconic Apple store staircase. The oil painting Hinge, has ghostly elegance of this highly designed structured place.
Strandell's Lenticular prints have a futuristic Op element. In both Poly Waves and her architectural studies, the abstraction of these forms are activated by the viewer, allowing certain aspects of the work to move with the action of it's audience. In the traditional medium
of oil, these works find their place in the larger terrain of our imagination.
Mary Ann Strandell writes, "My work reconfigures storied culture as we experience nature, architecture and technology. The recent series examines the concept of cloud computing- figuratively, metaphorically, and it's larger implications as a repository of data. I'm interested in how we navigate the spaces of time and history through painting and with the hyperbolic media of lenticular prints.
Deborah Colton gallery is founded on being as innovative showcase for ongoing presentation and promotion of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists world-wide. Their diverse practices include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance and conceptual, future media installations. The gallery aspires to provide a forum through connecting Texas, national and international artists to garner positive change.
Mary Ann Strandell has exhibited widely in the US, as well as in Europe, Japan, Mexico and the Middle East. Her upcoming shows include IN THE ZONE, curated by David Gibson at Independent Station Gallery, New York CIty, as well as CLOUD, a solo exhibition with The Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, TX.
She is represented in the collections of Fidelity Inc. London, Time Equity NY, Hallmark Corporation, Sprint and H & R Block in Kansas City, MO, Brandies Investments, La Jolla, CA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as well as The Nelson Atkins Museum and several museum collections in the US. She has exhibited at the Art Paris Abu Dhabi Art Fair, and FIAC Paris. Her awards include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship Award, an Art Omi International Residency, Arts Midwest National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship for Painting, and the Artworks Fund, Arts Midwest NEA in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Strandell’s work has been reviewed in the New Yorker and the Village Voice, Art Critical, Art Papers, and The St. Louis Post Dispatch, and many more. She is represented by Deborah Colton, Houston, TX, and Milo and Mclean, Los Angeles, and Joy Reed Belt, Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught and lectured through out the US for 20 years. Strandell received her BFA from the University of South Dakota, a Fellowship from Tamarind Institute, NM, her MA and MFA is from the University of New Mexico. She lives and works in the New York City area.