UPSTATE Gallery on Main presents Mary Robinson, Finding Language
Upstate Gallery on Main is honored to present Finding Language, an exhibition of recent works by Columbia, South Carolina artist, Mary Robinson. The exhibition opens on November 9 and runs through December 30, 2017. An artist reception will be held on November 16 during Spartanburg Artwalk from 5-8 p.m.
Drawing upon our complex and tumultuous relationship with nature, Robinson’s abstractions evoke both the fluidity of the natural world as well as the intermittent—and at times dramatic—reconfigurations due to natural disruption and renewal. Often mixing and remixing printmaking matrices along with cutting up and reconstructing prior paintings and drawings, the resulting enigmatic and dream-like images echo the interplay and chaos of elemental forces at work in the world around us.
“My work is deeply inspired by natural forms, particularly the branching systems of trees, roots, rivers, and human arteries, as well as the elaborate chaos of tangled vines. I observe complex patterns of flowing, twisting fibers, and nature’s mode of creating variety within repetition,” said Robinson. “These forms, along with more geometric, often architectural structures, have become part of a visual vocabulary I use to relay my experience of existence—from conveying the pulse of nature to mirroring humans’ capacity for creation and destruction.”
Mary Robinson is an Associate Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at the University of South Carolina. She received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. Her work was recently included in Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina at the Columbia Museum of Art and has been exhibited broadly in the United States and internationally. For more information about Mary Robinson, please visit www.marysdrawings.com.
The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is the newest addition of the Upstate Carolina University’s three gallery spaces. Located at 172 E. Main Street in Spartanburg, it is a dedicated art space that presents rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists. The gallery also houses and periodically displays the university’s permanent art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Tworkov, and Beatrice Riese. The gallery is primarily staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program where they learn how to display, research, and promote the work on exhibit in the gallery. It is open to the public five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 12 noon until 5 pm. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page-UPSTATE Gallery on Main or by calling Jane Nodine, Gallery Director at (864)-503-5848.
Jane Nodine, Gallery Director
Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Visual Arts Center 125
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Spartanburg, SC 29303