Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to commence its 2020 season with a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings by Kathleen Craig and Sarah Lubin. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, January 9th, from 6pm until 8pm. Each artist will give an individual artist talk.
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Kathleen Craig creates landscapes and still-lifes inspired by observation and memory. Rendered with oil paint on canvas, Craig’s paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and representation. She captures the essence of her subjects—docked boats, vases of flowers, distant islands—through abbreviated forms and soft patches of color. While some compositions appear entirely non-objective—such as Purple Floor Still Life (2019) in which plots of color stagger across the canvas—others engage both styles, as seen in Rocks and Weed (2017) and Still Life with Rainbow Pitcher (2019). What’s more, there exists an interesting tension between humor and gravity in Craig’s sensitive forms. Cat in the Coffee (2019), for instance, is a snapshot of a benign accident in progress. At the same time, it is a serious examination of composition and form: the lean body of the cat stretches diagonally from one corner of the painting to the next, and a pattern of repeated coffee mugs in the background adds visual texture.
Craig splits her time between Virginia and Nova Scotia. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, focusing on liberal arts before discovering her passion for painting. Her paintings have been featured in New American Paintings, and her work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States. Craig will give an Artist Talk at the gallery on Saturday, January 11th, from 2pm until 3pm.
Reflecting on her own work, Sarah Lubin states that “shapes become people, spaces flatten and expand, and time is suspended.” We can see clear examples of these elements in Lubin’s recent body of paintings, in which contemplative figures, decorative patterns, and abstracted interior spaces dominate her compositions. Her quiet paintings depict moments that are simultaneously familiar and uncanny. In Pinwheels (2019) two figures gaze enchantingly at the viewer behind the gleaming toys; the everyday act of peeling an orange takes on an elevated significance in Geranium (2019); and in The Measure of Things (2019) sunlight pouring through slatted blinds transforms an interior space and the elongated figures within it into spliced planes of shadows and highlights. By contrast to Craig, whose shapes appear soft with hazy edges, Lubin’s forms are defined and geometric. Even her depictions of shadows are rendered as delineated segments of color, rather than seamless gradients, as seen in her small gouache painting Interior (2019).
Lubin is based in Boston, MA. She received her M.A. in Art History from Columbia University and her M.F.A. in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2018, her work was featured in New American Paintings and she was given the Mass Cultural Council Finalist Award. This year Lubin received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Lubin will give an Artist Talk at Nancy Margolis Gallery on Saturday, February 1st, from 2pm until 3pm.