Artist Margaret Withers is recognized for her works on paper which are a mix of narrative, abstract and modern surrealism. Her paintings explore conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy, as well as community and aloneness.
She’s exhibited her work in group and solo shows in the United States, and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna, and Russia. She lives and paints in Manhattan, New York.
“If you slow down how you see things to where you’re almost in a meditative state, then you can find inspiration in anything. You can look at things differently as if you’re seeing them for the first time. There’s inspiration in that slowed-down space.”
Joyce Brown: In 2011 you changed your life so that art would be your primary focus; what were you doing before and what change did you make?
Margaret Withers: When I lived in Denver, I worked for the defense contractor, Boeing. I was doing computer programming related to configuration management. I eventually moved to New York to work for SAIC doing the same type of work. Part of my decision to move to New York was because of my art. I wanted to try to get to another level, and I figured New York was the best place for that to happen. At the same time, I had this idea, this dream, that I would just get discovered. I used to imagine that someone would just wander into my studio and fall in love with my art, and that’s all I needed to do. Of course, that didn’t happen. I call it the Peggy Guggenheim syndrome. Continue reading Margaret Withers on making art a priority and how to find inspiration
Opening Reception: Saturday January 9th, 2016 from 6-8pm
On View: January 9th – Feb 7th, 2016
Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Margaret Roleke’s solo show UNCONTROLLED, opening January 9th, 6-8pm at 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY, 10002. This show explores sensationalism, consumerism and the contradictions and relationships that develop when popular culture mixes with war and religion. The show consists of a hanging sculpture, wall reliefs, lenticular collage pieces on wood and sticker collage abstractions.
Numerous small toys are utilized in the conversation, which allows these serious issues of consumption, consumerism, war, violence and religious extremism to be presented in a playful manner. Actual bullet casings and brass transform into jewel like abstractions as in Abstraction/Princesses. Multitudes of toys are painted in a monochromatic palette, which allow them to be read as minimalist painting. The lenticulars are a new series in which “found object imagery” is rearranged in dramatic relationships.
This is Margaret Roleke’s first solo show at AHA Fine Art. Five percent of all sales will go to The Coalition to End Gun Violence. Roleke has been working in this manner for many years. Her work has been widely exhibited in the North East including a recent solo show entitled Happy War at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.