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To Embrace the Whole Sky with the Mind

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Saturday, 3 June 2017 to Sunday, 25 June 2017
Opening: 
Saturday, 3 June 2017 - 6:00pm

Attempting to balance all the fury and fearsome beauty the natural (and not so natural) world extols on our planet is the pith of Karen Marston’s work of the past several years. The undeniable influence of climate change informs her fascination with the acceleration of crises and catastrophes we now seem to experience on a regular basis.

This exhibition takes it’s title from “Totum animo comprendere caelum”, the inscription on the exterior of the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma, a global nerve center for all things regarding severe weather and meterological patterns. “To Embrace The Whole Sky With The Mind”, the poetic motto of those scientists, captures the artist’s desire to paint the magnitude of the sky.

This series of smaller plein air paintings are the culmination of a residency last summer in rural Pennsylvania, the landscape and expansive skies there placed in time by Marston’s deft hand and assured eye, blending the rapturous environment with her intellectual curiosity into an immediate space of awe and wonder.

With the larger canvasses here, the study of bucolic splendor broadens to a darker exploration of a brooding foreboding, and then manifestation of violence and destruction, a commentary made all the more palpable by Marston’s conviction and engagement with her themes. The startling discovery that amidst the organic grace of our world, these ever more common occurrences of disaster also can provide a sense of disturbing beauty.

Attempting to balance all the fury and fearsome beauty the natural (and not so natural) world extols on our planet is the pith of Karen Marston’s work of the past several years. The undeniable influence of climate change informs her fascination with the acceleration of crises and catastrophes we now seem to experience on a regular basis.

Artist ( Description ): 

Karen Marston is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been seen in several solo exhibitions in NYC including: To Embrace the Whole Sky with the Mind, at Station Independent Projects on the Lower East Side, Demeter’s Wrath at the Owen James Gallery in Greenpoint, and Storm Watch, New Paintings at Storefront Bushwick (reviewed in Time Out magazine by Michael Wilson).

Some recent group exhibitions include: Disquieting Vicinities at the Owen James Gallery, Elements, a two person exhibition at Station Independent Projects on the Lower East Side, Passing Left curated by The Dorado Project for the Buggy Factory, Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums, at Centotto in Bushwick, and Fluid at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Marston also serves on the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit where she was instrumental in the opening of the NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, project managed the development of the online Registry for Artists and Curators, and hosted Muse Fuse, an informal monthly art salon with many notable guest speakers, for eleven seasons.

Originally from California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program.

Telephone: 
(917) 698-2012
Venue ( Address ): 

Station Independent Projects
138 Eldridge Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10002
Open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 pm
www.stationindependent.com

Contact:
Leah Oates
(917) 698-2012
info@stationindependent.com

Other events from Karen Marston

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Harbingers
03/22/2018 to 04/21/2018
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To Embrace the Whole Sky with the Mind
06/03/2017 to 06/25/2017

 

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