Margaret Garrett, "Ètude #3," 2023 (Detail). Acrylic on Paper, 22.5” x 30.5.” COURTESY THE ARTIST
Margaret Garrett ,"Shimmy," 2023. Acrylic on linen, 41” x 29." GARY MAMAY
From November 30 to January 13, the artwork of Shelter Island’s Margaret Garrett will be on view in “The Still Point,” a New York City show featuring her new paintings and works on paper. The exhibition at Planthouse, 55 West 28th Street, New York, opens with a reception on Thursday, November 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. and the works on view, all created in 2023, continue Garrett’s exploration of translating movement and music into two-dimensional abstract compositions. “When I begin working on a new piece, I see the paper or canvas as an empty stage and the line as movement: texture, form, the way that colors interact are all different manifestations of motion and energy,” says Garrett.
“The Still Point” is Garrett’s second solo exhibition at Planthouse. Garrett is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, printmaking, collage, dance and video work. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer and went on to dance with the Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ballet companies. In her early 20s, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color, and switched her focus to visual art.
Garrett’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S., including Planthouse, Danese/Corey, the FLAG Art Foundation, Birnam Wood and the Parrish Art Museum. Her work has also been included in the Armory Show, Art on Paper, the Dallas Art Fair, and the Contemporary Print Fair at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her film “Elegy” was an official selection for the London International Motion Picture Awards in 2020. She has been awarded residencies at The Church in Sag Harbor, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and has collaborated on two projects with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. She is currently working on a large-scale glass mural commission for NYU Langone to be installed in 2023. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections. Museum collections include the Blanton Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Collection, the Leiber Collection, and Guild Hall Museum.
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