MAGGIE MAILER: COVET - The Starry Outpost
Featured artist in COVET - an exhibition of new paintings.
August 4 - September 8, 2012
Ferrin Gallery is pleased to present The Starry Outpost, a featured artist presentation within the COVET project by accomplished painter MAGGIE MAILER. The Starry Outpost is a collection of new paintings and drawings which expand the narratives of her two previous bodies of work, The Volcano Sitters and The Balloonists. This new series depicts locations, characters, maps, and plots that present a constellation of facts and images which form the foundation for an imaginary novel.
The story's protagonist is a member of this latter group, an architect who has lost his memory in the passage between worlds, and devotes himself to building a palace which will hold his retrieved memories. His secretary and secret love is a starry eyed painter, who records everything in paint, in hopes of mapping a way back to The Starry Outpost.
The works consult an open-ended timeline of world history, applying references from Mayan cosmology, Renaissance printing techniques (Incunabula), garden architecture, astronomy, and the Floating World.
Mailer, the daughter of author Norman Mailer and jazz singer Carol Stevens, is one of the region's well known contemporary artists. After graduate school she returned to Pittsfield, MA and established her studio in a vacant storefront on North Street; a number of other artists followed suit. In 2003 she created the Storefront Artist Project and became an early contributor to the revitalization of Pittsfield. This is her fifth solo exhibition at Ferrin Gallery.
EXHIBITION: August 4 - October 14, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, August 4th, 4 - 6:00pm
i COVET: Wednesday, August 15th 7:00 – 8:00 conversation with painter, Maggie Mailer and Maria Mingalone, director of interpretation at the Berkshire Museum and about how history informs contemporary art practice and Mailer's use of museum painting collections in her recent artwork produced for COVET. Mailer's solo exhibition, The Starry Outpost features paintings based on observations of 18th century landscape and portraiture in collections of The Clark, Williamstown and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Seth Rogovoy, editor and publisher of The Rogovoy Report and author of "Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet" and "The Essential Klezmer" will be the moderator of the conversation series. The Rogovoy Report is the sponsor of ArtBerkshire's iCOVET program.
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