Mary Henderson, Shift, 2022, oil on linen, 20 x 20 inches
Marcia Wood Gallery is pleased to present Being Together, an exhibition of new paintings by Mary Henderson, on view from September 29 through October 29. This is Philadelphia-based Henderson's debut solo exhibition in Atlanta at Marcia Wood Gallery.
The opening of Being Together as well as the group exhibition Pique: New Work by Gallery Artists coincide with the opening night of Atlanta Art Week September 29 – October 2.
Mary Henderson, Forward, 2021, oil on paper mounted on panel, 16 x 16 inches
Mary Henderson is a visual artist living and working in Philadelphia. She teaches painting and drawing part-time at St. Joseph's University; she is also a co-director for the Philadelphia site of the nonprofit network of artist-run spaces, Tiger Strikes Asteroid. She received an AB with honors in fine arts from Amherst College in Amherst, MA, and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Recent shows include her solo show, Public Views, at Lyons Wier Gallery (New York, NY), as well as group shows at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa, AZ), Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia, PA), and the Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL). She was a finalist for the 2019 Bennett Prize and has been awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a PCA SOS grant, and residencies at the Jentel Foundation and the Hambidge Center (where she was the Nena Griffith Distinguished Fellow). Her work has been featured or reviewed in Harper's Magazine, L'Espresso (Italy), New American Paintings, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Art in America, among other publications. In 2017, Her recent curatorial projects include Sagas at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Anachronism and Liberation at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA) and LOCUM, at University City Arts League (Philadelphia, PA).
Inspired by traditions of urban genre painting, Henderson creates impromptu portraits of people in public space, seen in unguarded instances of personal connection or synchronicity. Her hyperrealist paintings depict small moments of intimate connection between strangers and, at the end, large-scale expressions of collective identity and solidarity. Henderson presents the subjects of her compositions out of context, with minimal visual cues regarding location. By exploring and exploiting notions of diaspora as well as the purely visual beauty that the artist finds in images of mass gatherings, Henderson raises questions about the assumptions we make in interpreting group behaviors.
Exhibition September 29 – October29, 2022.
Opening Reception September 29, 7;00 – 9;00 pm
Marcia Wood Gallery
764 Miami Circle NE, Ste 150, Atlanta, GA 30324
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 5:00, Saturday 12:00 – 5:00
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