Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Bemis Auction

The Bemis Auction and Exhbition
November 11- 21, 2015
The Auction Benefit: Saturday November 21st
from 5:45 to 9:00pm. Get tickets in advance.
The Bemis Center For Contemporary Art, 724 South 12th Street, Omaha NE
The Bemis Auction and Exhibition
Paddle 8
Mary Ann Strandell, Bamboo Forest/Hokaaii, Lenticular Tritych, 2015                                                                       

Monday, August 31, 2015


Solo Exhibition Mary Ann Strandell
      November 6- December 23, 2015
Opening Reception: November 6th
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
"The Moon", detail, 60" x 48", oil on canvas, 2015


Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
2004 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:(816) 221-2626


Mary Ann Strandell's, "Parallax" exhibition explores the use of optics and ideas of perception in a new installation of painting and lenticular media at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Strandell's subject matter of architecture, nature, and history are considered within a utopic and dystopic contemporary canon. With painting inventions and re-considerations, she scrutinizes the use of digital tools and screens that reshape our framework of pictorial dialogues in drawing, mapping and form. 
"I'm interested in the parallel constructs "along different lines of sight", with crossovers of private and public space. The experience of intimacy and immensity interacting with and making form that dissolves and reoccurs simultaneously. I activate the surface and depth of images in my painting process, as well as the optics employed in lenticular media. Relating to landscape, location, and staging, I consider the ephemeral and transitory nature of both figuration and abstraction." 

This new work allows a “Time Travel” of the eye; shifting images into moving parts. Adjustments of figure/ ground allow linear structures being built or re-built, in a paradoxical descending or ascending manner- especially in the recent works of the NY @Apple Store staircase, with their vestige homage to Marcel Duchamp's stop-motion studies. The oil paintings in Parallax, converse with Strandell's complex lenticular print media, shifting these adage systems into an algorithm with optics that change as the viewer's observational points move.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shaky Ground

Shaky Ground
    A group exhibition curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
NY, NY  10002

January 8 - February 14, 2016

Save The Date.
More details to follow.
Mary Ann Strandell, "Trestle, Rock, Dam", oil on canvas, 48x36", 2010

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#BemisPainters: 1985-2015

Exhibition #BemisPainters: 1985-2015
July 16 to October 10, 2015
     Opening Reception, July 16, 6 to 8pm
Curated by Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director, Residency Program

The Bemis Center For Contemporary Art
724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE 68102
Mary Ann Strandell, Vigil or The Promise of Gravity, oil, 48x60", 2008

Link: #BemisPainters
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents #BemisPainters, 1985–2015, an exhibition that celebrates nearly 35 years of paintings by artists-in-residence. 

Bemis Center was established in 1981 by artists for artists, and has since the beginning been devoted to supporting the creative impulse and advocating for experimentation beyond the expectations of any discipline. Richard C. Cox, visual artist and one of the show’s featured alumni, says his Bemis residency “provided a dedicated and uninterrupted period of intensive study resulting in an important step forward in the development of my work.” The #BemisPainters, 1985–2015 exhibition will reveal – through an installation of more than 30 works of art – that painting by Bemis artists-in-residence is an ever-changing genre that eludes definition. 

These painters offer contemporary points of view by for example, incorporating other disciplines and traditions into their painting. Disparate influences and responses travel across periods in time and can be seen in the diversity of content and materials in painting, such as in the use of wallpaper by Hyun Soo-Choi, embroidery thread on canvas by Amanda Valdez, and other surface applications of paint.

The title of the exhibition references hashtagging, a form of online metadata used to assign content to specific themes. In this exhibition, the hashtag describes various motifs, themes, and painterly considerations that form a constellation of inspiration and ideas highlighting painting’s formal and conceptual possibilities.Artistic Director for Residency Programs Ellina Kevorkian says, “The allusion to internet categorization and the web’s limitless access to art research speaks to Bemis Center’s own expansive and systematized archive, where descriptive meta tags attempt to categorize and address painting’s vast pluralism.” 

Ellina Kevorkian
Artistic Director, Residency Programs
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

Monday, June 22, 2015

Moving Wall West

Mary Ann Strandell, Moving Wall West, 30 x 192", 3D Lenticular Print , 2015

Recent Commission 
(detail) Moving Wall West, 3D Lenticular Print on Dibond
Permanent Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Boston Printmakers Biennial

Mary Ann Strandell, Mad Man Stairs w VA Silver, 3D Lenticular Print, 2015

     Selected by Willie Cole
     Biennial Coordinator: Marc Cote

     November 8- December 12, 2015
     Reception and Events November 8

The Lunder Arts Center
Lesley University College of Arts and Design
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Throughout the 68 year history The Boston Printmakers has upheld the highest traditional standards in the field of printmaking, while continually looking toward the future, by embracing innovative and diverse contemporary printmaking media and methods.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Millennial Abstractions

Millennial Abstractions Exhibition
A Traveling Group Exhibition
Curated by Patricia Lea Watts

Mary Ann Strandell, Sit Still, 32x32", 3-d Lenticular Print

Exhibition artists are: Judith Belzer, Sage Dawson, Samantha Fields, Laurie Frick, Joy Garnet, Virginia Katz, David McDonald, Jason Middlebrook, John Sabraw, Gina Stepaniuk, Mary Ann Strandell, Marie Thibeault, Catherine Tirr, Sarah Trigg, and Patti Trimble

Patricia Lea Watts: "The paintings and sculptures included in Millennial Abstractions are unlike typical abstractions that are primarily concerned with sheer contemplation of forms. Instead, these works combine both form and content with a specific intention—to explore the altered realities or environmental impacts that we face today in the beginning of the 21st century."  read more

~Organized by ‪#‎ExhibitsUSA‬ and ‪#‎MidAmericaArtsAlliance‬ Millennial Abstractions is now available to travel to additional venues through Exhibits USA, to Art Centers and Exhibition Spaces.
Please contact Exhibitions USA Traveling Exhibitions, Contact (800) 473-3872 or MoreArt@maaa.org.
Link: Millennial Abstractions