wrong number

You’re at JFK and it’s 6 am and your cell phone rings and you’re in the middle of laughing at someone’s joke but you answer the phone because somewhere in your head you think it’s the pet sitter or building super or someone you should speak to before you fly off to somewhere deserted, foreign and filled with blue-green light. You don’t recognize the voice shouting obscenities at you wondering, “Ho, where you at?” And he’s calling you by a name not yours and you respond, “Hey dude, you’ve got the wrong number.” But he doesn’t believe you, as if you’re covering for the woman he calls “Ho”, so you hang up and ignore the subsequent flurry of desperate calls and texts until you board the plane.
I’ve relocated my studio to the far northern reaches of Manhattan and it felt like the universe temporarily gave me the wrong number.

I will have artwork in these upcoming group shows (finally….California!):

under toes tapping tempo ground the morning glory  2014; 22"x30"

under toes tapping tempo ground the morning glory at William Baczek Fine Art
2014; 22″x30″

if you must speak then please speak with words; 30"x22" at William Baczek

if you must speak then please speak with words; 2014, 30″x22″                      at William Baczek

sudden prosperities of sunlight, 22"x30" at MarinMOCA

sudden prosperities of sunlight, 2013, 22″x30″ at MarinMOCA

Lena's little constitutional  2011; 30x22" at Skylight Gallery

Lena’s little constitutional
2011; 30×22″ at Skylight Gallery

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AS | Orchard 33

This piece, Let the Rose bloom, will be in an upcoming group show at Orchard 33 Gallery, at 33 Orchard st. in the Lower East Side, NYC.  For a sneak preview of the show join The Gertrude Salon, tonight, July 30th from 6-7pm for a curator’s talk of the show. The opening reception is Thursday, July 31 from 6-8p.

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

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New York Poetry Festival – outdoor installation

This weekend, July 26-27, I’ll have an outdoor installation of my digital art project, The United States Transliteration Project up at the New York Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm.  It’s a free event and will be lots of fun!

Below are 3 of the 51 states (including DC) that will be up:

Delaware

Alaska

Alaska

Georgia

@NYCPOFEST @no_drag_no_wind #NYCPOFEST #MargaretWithers

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Tonight- The Intuitionist at The Drawing Center

My artwork will be at these upcoming exhibits in July/August:

The Intuitionist, curated by Lisa Sigal, at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, Manhattan, July 11- August 24  Reception, July 10 6-9p. The catalog of the show is available on Issuu.  (My art will be in the vitrine.)

Layers, curated by Aimee Hertog at City Without Walls, 6 Crawford St, Newark, NJ, July 19 – August 23. Reception  July 19, 6-9p.

My summer digital art project, Transliteration Project: Revising the 50 US Seals, is an outdoor installation at the New York Poetry Festival, July 26-27, 11a-6p on Governor’s Island, NYC.  The e-book of this project is available on iTunes.

AS | Orchard, curated by Jill Conner, at the gallery 33 Orchard, 33 Orchard St, Manhattan, July 31 – August 16, Reception, July 31, 6-8p.

#TheIntuitionist #MargaretWithers #NYCArtEvents @DrawingCenter @no_drag_no_wind

Warm::Silence for The Intuitionist group show at The Drawing Center, NYC.

Warm::Silence for The Intuitionist group show at The Drawing Center, NYC.

swamping tideless wrapped in coaxial cable floated the east river Regatta, one of four paintings at City Without Walls

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

Kentucky from the US Transliteration Project

Kentucky from the US Transliteration Project

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warm::silence

My artwork will be at these upcoming exhibits in July/August:

The Intuitionist, curated by Lisa Sigal, at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, Manhattan, July 11- August 24  Reception, July 10 6-9p. The catalog of the show is available on Issuu.  (My art will be in the vitrine.)

Layers, curated by Aimee Hertog at City Without Walls, 6 Crawford St, Newark, NJ, July 19 – August 23. Reception  July 19, 6-9p.

My summer digital art project, Transliteration Project: Revising the 50 US Seals, is an outdoor installation at the New York Poetry Festival, July 26-27, 11a-6p on Governor’s Island, NYC.  The e-book of this project is available on iTunes.

AS | Orchard, curated by Jill Conner, at the gallery 33 Orchard, 33 Orchard St, Manhattan, July 31 – August 16, Reception, July 31, 6-8p.

Warm::Silence for The Intuitionist group show at The Drawing Center, NYC.

Warm::Silence for The Intuitionist group show at The Drawing Center, NYC.

swamping tideless wrapped in coaxial cable floated the east river Regatta, one of four paintings at City Without Walls

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

Let the Rose Bloom at AS | Orchard

Kentucky from the US Transliteration Project

Kentucky from the US Transliteration Project

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warm dirt

Finally.
Grass, flowers, trees and the clanging sound of the  ice cream truck hinge out from the earth’s woolly socks.

Where to see my art:

Viewpoints, a group show at the  Aljira Center for the Arts, in Hoboken, NJ from June 4th – June 28th, Opening reception, June 7, 6p-9p.

Balls to the wall, a summer group show at AHA Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY, June 5th – June 29.

Agreement and Disagreement went walking in the woods and diminished a fifth, 2013; vinyl and oil paint, 40"x40"

Agreement and Disagreement went walking in the woods, 2013; vinyl and oil paint, 40″x40″

New catalog of collected work.

New catalog of collected work.

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Curious American Landscapes

My ebook and print magazine of my new work, Curious American Landscapes, is now available at:

nameless and silent she counted the fine hair; 2014; 30"x22"; vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper

nameless and silent she counted the fine hair; 2014; 30″x22″; vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper

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camping

Truck camping, (pickup truck with camper attached) was surely invented to maintain parental sanity during ambitiously long family trips and was my parent’s chosen method of vacationing.  Separated by two layers of heavy glass with only walkie talkies to connect parent and child, my parents, in their wisdom, always ‘forgot’ to turn theirs on.   And with this absence of a tattletale device, a microcosm of a sibling version of Lord of the Flies would always exist in the camper.   As such, I spent a good deal of each camping trip locked in the camper’s tiny bathroom, where I would stand on top of the porta pottie, watch the American west roll by from the tiny window and tell myself stories.

Upcoming places to see my art:

    •  BWAC Wide Open from 4/26-6/1, opening reception 4/26 2-6pm, juried by Paulina Pobocha of MoMA.
    • Brooklyn FireProof Gallery, May 1st from 7-9:30 at the exhibition fundraiser by Bushwick Art Crit called, #MUTUALBENEFIT, an exhibition of BACG artist for the new project, BACG Artist Film Library.
    • I’m also happy to announce that BlueStone Fine Art Gallery in Philadelphia will now be carrying my time::second series, (oil on canvas) if you’re in Philly swing by and say hi to Pam.
At BWAC -strange infirmities of a cognitive agent 2013; flashe vinyl paint and ink on linen; 72"x63x2"

At BWAC -strange infirmities of a cognitive agent 2013; flashe vinyl paint and ink on linen; 72″x63x2″

At #mutualbenefit, lost in the Rub' al Khali 2013; watercolor,ink, enamel on paper; 20"x14"

At #mutualbenefit, lost in the Rub’ al Khali
2013; watercolor,ink, enamel on paper; 20″x14″

 

At BlueStone Fine Art Gallery, longer periods of lesser coincidence 2013; oil on canvas; 40"x40"x2"

At BlueStone Fine Art Gallery, longer periods of lesser coincidence
2013; oil on canvas; 40″x40″x2″

 

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Art Expo 2014

I’ll have several pieces at ArtExpo with Estrany-Merida Art, booth 161.  April 4th-6th
Pier 94; 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway), NYC.

melancholizing sunlight dappled onto the spot 2013; gouache,vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper; 30×22″ $1950.00 framed

tipping the fandango 2013; watercolor/ink/gouache;  12x8.5;  $650.00 framed

tipping the fandango
2013; watercolor/ink/gouache; 12×8.5;
$650.00 framed

many eyelash fortnights of navel gazing continuations followed  2012; watercolor/ink/pigment;  12x8.5;  $650.00 framed

many eyelash fortnights of navel gazing continuations followed
2012; watercolor/ink/pigment; 12×8.5;
$650.00 framed

tossed Tiara's landing in muddy pixie dust 8.5x12"; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper framed - $650.00

tossed Tiara’s landing in muddy pixie dust
8.5×12″; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper
framed – $650.00

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‘Other Worlds’ group show at Skylight Gallery through 4/4/14

There’s still time to go see a group show that I’m in, Other Worlds, at the Skylight Gallery 538 W. 29th St., in Chelsea (Manhattan).   The show is up Feb. 27 – April 4, 2014.

Curated by Jill Slaymaker.

Below are the two pieces that will be in the show.

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013 flashe vinyl paint and ink on canvas; 40”x40” $2400.00

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013
flashe vinyl paint and ink on canvas; 40”x40” $2400.00

black holes leaping in and out of existence 2013 Gouache, vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper 22 x 30 ½" $1950. framed $1650. unframed

black holes leaping in and out of existence
2013
Gouache, vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper
22 x 30 ½”
$1950. framed $1650. unframed

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2014 Scope New York Art Fair

I will have several pieces at Scope NY courtesy of C Emerson Fine Art – booth G09- this piece below and four small ones.

2014 Scope NY

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lost among the stones the thing onto itself laughed
8.5×12″; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper
framed – $650.00

Margaret_Withers_ScopeSm 06

I feel for you my tiny prince
8.5×12″; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper
framed – $650.00

Margaret_Withers_ScopeSm 07

tossed Tiara’s landing in muddy pixie dust
8.5×12″; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper
framed – $650.00

Margaret_Withers_ScopeSm 08

dark windows into infinite pools
8.5×12″; 2014; gouache, ink, watercolor on paper
framed – $650.00

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the sea

If, as I’m walking, I narrate what I’m doing and even thinking, creating a feedback loop, thinking, I’m thinking that I’m walking and I’m walking, thinking of walking.
It’s at this moment that the earth seems to be moving in the opposite direction to my feet and time has lost duration-flattened as if diluted by the sea.

Tonight, at 7pm, I will be speaking about my art as part of the Bushwick Art Crit  at the Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery (1st floor next to the cafe) at 119 Ingraham Street (cross is Porter).

Despecification of lonely routes not taken by Margaret WIthers

Despecification of lonely routes not taken by Margaret WIthers

Camp Teton by Margaret Withers

Camp Teton by Margaret Withers

black holes leaping in and out of existence  by Margaret Withers

black holes leaping in and out of existence by Margaret Withers

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December 2013 Art Events

My artwork will be available at these Miami Art Fairs:  Aqua Art Fair with William Baczek Fine Art  and Scope Miami Art Fair with C. Emerson Fine Art - B-15 -both are currently up and running through Sunday, Dec. 8th.

I will also have several small works available  at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, NY this weekend as part of his Salon Art Sale to celebrate the Holidays.

On another note – I’m one of the featured artist in the Winter/Spring LA Antioch Lunch Ticket Literary Journal.

Just a reminder you can get a free .pdf or .ebook of my solo show exhibition catalog (currently up at the Landau Gallery at Belmont Hills School, MA) by going to my website.

she moves among us vacantly playing hand games; 2013; 30"x 22"

At Scope: she moves among us vacantly playing hand games; 2013; 30″x 22″

an opaque context was formed when the superheroes kissed; 2013; 22"x30"

At Aqua: an opaque context was formed when the superheroes kissed; 2013; 22″x30″

small works available at Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, Queens.

small works available at Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, Queens.

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‘one mind’s imaging into another’, Solo Show at the Landau Gallery at Belmont Hills

Landau Gallery image of Margaret Withers' solo show.

Landau Gallery image of Margaret Withers’ solo show.

One mind’s imaging into another, is a collection of new work on linen by artist Margaret Withers that invites the viewer to draw a comparison between these two disparate ‘landscape’ painting styles.  The first group of paintings are hyper colorful, energetic and full of cosmic anxiety and  the second group primarily use muted colors to form a hypnotic landscape.    The show opens November 21st from 5pm-8pm and runs through December 18th, 2013 at the Landau Gallery at Belmont Hills School in Belmont, MA.

Below are a few of the paintings that are in the show.

blushing into epistemic humility; 2013; flashe vinyl paint and ink on linen; 72”x63”

blushing into epistemic humility; 2013; flashe vinyl paint and ink on linen; 72”x63”

strawberry flavored leptons dripped onto the fabric of space time; 2013; oil on canvas; 40”x40”

strawberry flavored leptons dripped onto the fabric of space time; 2013; oil on canvas; 40″x40″

longer periods of lesser coincidence; 2013; oil on canvas; 40”x40”

longer periods of lesser coincidence; 2013; oil on canvas; 40”x40”

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013 flashe vinyl paint and ink on canvas; 40”x40”

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013; flashe vinyl paint and ink on canvas; 40”x40”

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013 flashe vinyl paint, oil and ink on canvas 40”x40”

Cosmic ruminations marshaled into minute particles; 2013
flashe vinyl paint, oil and ink on canvas
40”x40”

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Millay Colony Residency

I’m currently a resident at the Millay Colony for the arts for the month of November.  It was an honor to get selected as they only select about 60 artist, writers and/or composers for the whole year.  I’m here with a sculptor, photographer, 2 playwrights, a poet and a fiction writer – a very nice mix of people.  Below is an image of my studio and what I’ve been working on.  Followed by some shots of the Millay grounds.

Millay Colony -works in progress

These paintings will be in a solo show that I have at the Landau Gallery outside of Boston on Nov. 20th.

I’m working on linen with oil, flashe and ink while I’m here – the five small paintings on the left I brought to finish up.
I'm working on linen with oil, flashe and ink while I'm here - the five small paintings on the left I brought to finish up.

I’m working on linen with oil, flashe and ink while I’m here – the five small paintings on the left I brought to finish up.

Millay Colonymy studio

Millay Colony -  view from my studio

Millay Colony – view from my studio

Millay woods in the Fall

Millay woods in the Fall

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AS | AP DUMBO Group Show

AS | AP DUMBO Group Show

Upcoming group show AS|AP  curated by Jill Conner.  The opening is on November 7th, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm, and will be up through November 29th at 2pm. This exhibition will take place in Gallery Room 212, located in the 111 Front Street building in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.
Painting Title: On the six cornered snowflake Phidias did blow by Margaret Withers
2013;  gouache, watercolor, ink and enamel on paper; 44″x78″; $2500.00

#art #Margaret_Withers #NYEvents #ArtCollecting #NYArtEvents #Paintings

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Seattle Affordable Art Fair, Nov. 6-10th, 2013

I will have several pieces available at the Seattle Affordable Art Fair at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall courtesy of Lori at C. Emerson Fine Arts, swing by her booth C-2 and say Hi.  Below is some of my artwork that will be available.

sudden prosperities of sunlight, 22"x30"

sudden prosperities of sunlight, 22″x30″

staring back from cumbersome towns; 46"x30"

staring back from cumbersome towns; 46″x30″

despecification of lonely routes not taken; 46"x30"

despecification of lonely routes not taken; 46″x30″

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Tell me about the killer swamp bunny Mr. President; 20″x14″

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Abstraction Group Show at William Baczek Fine Arts

If you’re in MA there is still time to go see the Abstraction group show at William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA, it will be up until Nov. 10th.  Other artist in this show are Carrie SeidAnne Lilly, Jaq Chartier, and Sean Green.

decisions will go awry at William Baczek

decisions will go awry, 31″x47″

Rising out snapping and sputtering, 22"x30"

Rising out snapping and sputtering, 22″x30″

whenever one begins to speculate, 30"x22"

whenever one begins to speculate, 30″x22″

#art, #Margaret_Withers, #ArtCollecting, #MassArt

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wet yellow slickers at BAAF

I will be showing artwork again this year at the Brussels Accessible Art Fair, the weekend of October 10-13, at Steigenberger Grandhotel, Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. I have a limited number of free passes please email me at mwithers.artwork@gmail.com if you would like to come.
Below are a few of the paintings that will be available.

'twirling into her candy breathed light' at Brussels Accessible Art Fair

‘twirling into her candy breathed light’ at Brussels Accessible Art Fair

'June punch out' at Accessible Art Fair

‘June punch out’ at Accessible Art Fair

"wet yellow slickers abucing hypothetical storms' at Accessible Art Fair

“wet yellow slickers abucing hypothetical storms’ at Accessible Art Fair

'she sent him a warm and gentle wind' at Accessible Art Fair

‘she sent him a warm and gentle wind’ at Accessible Art Fair

‘red little holes of delight then warning’

in linear time my memory is clear as day

in linear time my memory is clear as day

dreamy for lupinus texensis while wind whipped skirts flutter up to bonnets bended

dreamy for lupinus texensis while wind whipped skirts flutter up to bonnets bended

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time complexity

There’s something really nice about having an art show in the town that you grew up in.  It’s odd, because I left Texas as soon as I could, and overtime, it has become a place that I miss more in the texture of my memories and in my ideas of the place, than in the hot muggy concreteness of its existence.  I feel on some level like I’ve been accepted and that maybe, I can go home again.

I’m excited that my work will be in a two person show, Striations, with artist Kia Neill curated by Diane Barber, at G Gallery 301 East 11th St., Houston, Texas Aug. 3rd-Sept 1st. Opening reception is Aug. 3rd,  6p-9p.  Come by and hang out with me if you’re around.

I also currently have work up at the Summer Group Shows at William Baczek Fine Arts  in Northampton, MA and Arcilesi |Homberg Fine Art in Brooklyn.

Below are some pieces that will be in the Striation show:

in linear time, my memory is clear as day by Margaret Withers 2013

in linear time, my memory is clear as day by Margaret Withers 2013

still air trapped with buzz while fire light twinkles by Margaret Withers 2013

decisions will go awry by Margaret Withers 2013

decisions will go awry by Margaret Withers 2013

dreamy for lupinus texensis while wind whipped skirts flutter up to bonnets bended by Margaret Withers 2013

dreamy for lupinus texensis while wind whipped skirts flutter up to bonnets bended by Margaret Withers 2013

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what I’m currently working on in my studio

I’m currently working on this new large one (29″x41.5″) that I started a couple of days ago (I’m unsure of the final orientation) and this large painting – 47″x31″ that I’m almost done with and a couple of small paintings.

Margaret Withers - currently painting

Margaret Withers – currently painting

Margaret Withers -painting in progress

Margaret Withers -painting in progress

currently painting these four small paintings

currently painting these four small paintings

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fluently mumbling

Tonight in Brooklyn is the reception for  Unhinged a salon style group show at Pierogi Gallery that highlights selections from the Pierogi flat files.   I will have a piece up and plan to attend if you would like to come by and have a beer.   Up through July 28th.  Reception is 7-9pm at 177 North 9th Street in Williamsburg.

Eyewitness foul-ups of the neckerchief needlewoman; Watercolor, ink, and enamel on paper; 12 x 8.5

At Pierogi -Eyewitness foul-ups of the neckerchief needlewoman; Watercolor, ink, and enamel on paper; 12 x 8.5

I also have a couple of pieces up at William Baczek Fine Art for his Summer group show.   36 Main St., Northampton MA.

At William Baczek, on the table, off and on, she fluently mumbled

At William Baczek, on the table, off and on, she fluently mumbled

 

 

 

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Connecting the Dots

There’s a beautiful fountain in Spain designed by Calder that flows mercury.  It’s a trick of abstraction to see silver liquid flow from a fountain, as if you are looking at a black and white movie that has been partially colorized.    When art is sublime it can move us beyond ourselves, offering the same rewards as nature, a space to breath and a shift in perspective-a gift of kindness bestowed on by fireflies, shooting stars and ocean waves.

My artwork will be available at this upcoming four person show.

Connecting the Dots… at ISE Cultural Foundation, located at 555 Broadway (btw Prince and Spring), June 7th -July 5th; opening reception June 7th, 6p-8p, curated by Lovina Purple.

I also have a small piece in Jersey City at Curious Matter, as part of the A Time in Arcadia group show – open through June 23.

bars blocking the cosmos suspended in a vase of flowers 2012; 22"x 31.5"; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

bars blocking the cosmos suspended in a vase of flowers
2012; 22″x 31.5″; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

unbound in orbit, floating near unswept storehouses where sluttish tinkerer's tinker 2012; 39"x 28"; watercolor, ink, enamel  on paper

unbound in orbit, floating near unswept storehouses where sluttish tinkerer’s tinker
2012; 39″x 28″; watercolor, ink, enamel on paper

At Curious Matter - many eyelash fortnights of navel gazing continuations followed

At Curious Matter -
many eyelash fortnights of navel gazing continuations followed

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into star lake, letters falling into words

I have absolutely nothing to say about Margaret Withers.  Today, staring out my studio window at the Manhattan skyline lit by that warm east coast spring light, watching the school trucks leave their sheltered bus barn, and listening to the beeping of all the backing trucks, it seems, that at this moment, Into the inky star lake my words have fallen.

My artwork will be available at these upcoming group shows:

AS – Boom & Blum  at The Phatory, located at 618 East 9th St. (btw Ave B and C), May 3 – 31; opening reception May 3, 6p-9p, curated by Jill Conner.

Wide Open IV at BWAC, located at 76 Degraw St., Red Hook, Brooklyn, May 11 – June 16; opening reception May 11, 1p-6p, juried by Carrie Springer, curator at the Whitney Museum.

 

blinking xozodiacal dust from tired eyes

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Das Wird Sich Alles Finden

Upcoming group shows where you can see my artwork:

Arts Collinwood is pleased to present, Das Wird Sich Alles Finden [everything will turn out alright]. The German title speaks to the origin of the exhibit. Curated by Christopher L. Richards.  Location: 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Exhibit Opening April 5, 6-9pm, show up April 1st-27th.

Gallery 263 Group Show curated by Laura Frances April 18-May 12.  Please check the website for the opening reception.  263 Pearl Street • Cambridge, MA • 02139

star throwing Centaurs reclining on the exomoons -Withers

at Gallery 263- star throwing Centaurs reclining on the exomoons

At Arts Collinwood -fleeing Ike

At Arts Collinwood -fleeing Ike

at Arts Collinwoodblushing eastward where blue earth is gathered

at Arts Collinwood
blushing eastward where blue earth is gathered

duchess pyjama cassowary shyly moved among the leaves

at Arts Collinwood duchess pyjama cassowary shyly moved among the leaves

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Vermont Studio Center Residency

I just got back from a two week residency at Vermont Studio Center.  This was my first residency experience and I found it well worth my time. I really enjoyed the readings and talks at night and getting to know other artist and writers. I especially found the feedback on my artwork in progress by the other artist, and  in particular, the two visiting artist, William Lamson and Emily Cheng who each did critiques/studio visits to be especially beneficial.

Below are some images of VSC and my studio in the Barbara White studio building.

Two large acrylic painting that I worked on while at VSC.

Two large acrylic painting that I worked on while at VSC.

Margaret Withers' Studio at VSC February, 2013

Margaret Withers’ Studio at VSC February, 2013

Margaret Withers VSC studio

Margaret Withers VSC studio

morning at Vermont Studio Center

morning at Vermont Studio Center

view from my studio window at VSC

view from studio window at VSC

morning at Vermont Studio Center

morning at Vermont Studio Center

A previous person left this lovely drawing of birds flying out of the window at VSC

A previous person left this lovely drawing of birds flying out of the window at VSC

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the word is the image of the thing, and the thing is tied up and words are few

In 1979 my dad sold his camper.   He tweaked and built onto that camper for over 10 years and most nights, as it sat parked in our Houston suburban driveway,  he could be found inside, at the table, smoking and drinking coffee.  79′ was the year he turned 50, the year he got laid-off after 2o years of service, the year we moved to San Antonio, the US inflation rate hit 13%, Pol Pot was finally deposed, Iran took hostages, Carter was attacked by a swamp bunny and it snowed for 30 minutes in the Sahara Desert.  Allow me this… keep the space that you can breath in close to your heart.

I recently got accepted into the Drawing Center Viewing Program, and I’m excited to be heading off for my first Residency experience at the Vermont Studio Center later this month.

My artwork will be available at these upcoming events:

2/8/13 – Artist Studio’s host ‘Real-Time’ pop-up show at 526 W. 26th st. #523, NYC at 7:00pm curated by Jill Conner.

2/8/13 – “Stuck” pop-up show at 122 West 26th street, 5th floor, NYC at 6:00pm.   Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Art Pop-Up show series- curated by AHA intern Ariel Herman.

2/20/13– Issue Project Room Art Lottery Fund Raiser at Three-Legged Dog: 80 Greenwich St., NYC at 7:00pm, curated by Stephen Maine.

the word is the image of the thing, and the thing is tied up and words are few 48”x 12” x 12” wood, string, steel, wire, plaster, iron – at “Stuck”

maya-moh flew into as moonlight slipped past; 12″x16″ framed, watercolor, ink and enamel at “Stuck”

nights face blushing into a warm pillow twitched; 8.5″x12″ framed; watercolor and ink at “Real-Time”

dancing, twirling and spinning in the antiblue; 22″x31.5″ framed; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper at Issue Project Room

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Embrace the ache

Not long ago, while I was listening to a Phillip Glass piano concerto, I experienced an ache brought on by his music. I tried to identify the nature of what I was feeling, what was it made of, and where in my body or mind in resided. That twinge in my psyche when I experience ephemeral beauty serves to underscore my connection to humanity, and my place within it. That ache can be demanding, but if I willingly give myself over to it, it never fails to propel me out of the muck of my daily existence.
This month, in light of all the art that you might be planning to see in Miami (or elsewhere) – I encourage you to give in to beauty’s ache.

Below is some artwork that I’ll have in Miami at Aqua room 115, courtesy of William Baczek Fine Arts and at Fountain, booth C-14 courtesy of Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art.  Also, I’m excited to now be a part of the  Pierogi Flat Files . Couple of other shows in December: a group show curated by Lesley Guy in Sheffield, England at Bloc Projects and a pop up show curated by Art Snack Registry.

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on the nature of things – at Aqua

among the cabbage stalls the machouettes fingered tapestry purses - At Aqua

among the cabbage stalls the machouettes fingered tapestry purses – At Aqua

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butterfly flap, carcrash, landspout – at Fountain

 

remembering landslips and houseboys in dustcart storybooks - at Aqua

remembering landslips and houseboys in dustcart storybooks

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2012 Solo Show at AHA – Painting the American Anti-Story

I have a solo show coming up called  “Painting the American Anti-Story” at Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art (AHA). The opening reception is on November 1st from 6-9pm and the show is up from Nov. 1st – Dec 1st at 111 Front St, Suite 222 – DUMBO). Painting the American anti-story: free e-book download the PDF of the solo show – Painting the American Anti-Story Also, on October, 29th, I’ll have a piece at the Nurture Art Fundraiser at the Charles Bank Gallery – tickets are available at the Nurture Art website.

two trajectories in philosophy spanking with an inkling of self

the ratter of seraph can initiate septuagenarian veer

infinitely divisible matter, mattered less and less

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Brussels Accessible Art Fair

Below are some of the paintings that I plan to take to the Brussels Accessible Art Fair, September, 21st-23rd at the Conrad.

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Sometimes goals are reached inadvertently…

I’m excited to announce that the curators, Francesca Arcilesi and Norma Homberg, who have regularly shown my artwork at pop-up shows and art fairs are now opening a gallery in Brooklyn, NY.  Their first show is called “Recess”, and I would love for you to come to their grand opening and meet them at their new space.  The opening reception is July 12th from 6-9pm at FAFA, 111 Front St., Suite 222 in DUMBO, NYC.  Below is the piece that I’ll be showing.  I’m also in the group show, “Color”, at BWAC later this month (see below for more information).

white-rumped monjitas moving through crystalline waterspouts2012; 34″x42″; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper -Exhibition dates: 7/12-8/1. The opening Reception for the group show “Recess” is July 12th from 6-9pm at FAFA, 111 Front St. in DUMBO, NYC.

Kepler gravitated toward the puddles of deviating orbits2012; 50″x38″; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper -Exhibition dates: 7/28-8/19. The opening Reception for the group show “Color” is July 28th, 1-6pm at BWAC, 76 DeGraw St., Red Hook, NYC.
Also at the BWAC “Color” show - That bird went to church!; 2009; 15″x15″; pen and ink on paper.
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behind Kant, everything was happening at once

Sometimes, when looking at art a moment occurs, a pause during which a deviation from the expected path is revealed and something unexpected is illuminated, as if a lightening flash on the surface — revealing the actual narrative buried inside of the perceived story.

Below is artwork that I’ll have in three upcoming group shows at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NYC; Attleboro Arts Museum, MA and Southwest Arkansas Art Center, AK.
behind Kant, everything was happening at once  2012; 22″x31.5″; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper –  Exhibition dates: 6/24 – 7/15.    The opening Reception for the group show “Works on Paper NYC” at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery is June 24th from 5pm-7pm.
touching his toes in the electron sea, watching waves of lead  2012; 22″x31.5″; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper – Exhibition dates: 6/16 – 6/30/12.   Th e opening Reception for the group show “Remembering” at the Attleboro Art Museum is Saturday, June 16th from 1-4pm.

the gas giants, feeling perturbed, clomped among the scattered disks  2012; 38.5’x49.5′; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper -Exhibition dates: 7/6- 7/31.  The opening Reception for the 2012 Juried group show at the South Arkansas Art Center is July 21st from 6-7:30pm.

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staring out at absolute space

On a sheet of paper I pour a line.  The randomness of the line becomes a freedom for form; sometimes it become a lever, an arm, a piece of machinery, the ground swept prairie with a house and a telephone pole, and either an openness or an unconstrained bustle.

If you are in New York in April I would like to invite you to come see several pieces of my artwork at the upcoming Affordable Art Fair in NYC, April 18th-22nd at 6 W. 35st, courtesy of Galerie Juliane Hundertmark, Booth E6.  On Monday, April 23, I’ll have artwork at the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Buy What you Love 2012 Fundraiser at The Hole at 312 Bowery St. from 6:30-9:30pm.

in a tinderbox jumble she set upon slipping into her escape
2012; 22 x 31.5 in; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

Attack of the Lyman-alpha blob
2012; 22 x 31.5 in; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

Dancing, twirling and spinning in the antiblue
2012; 31.5 x 22 in; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

staring out at absolute space
2012; 22x31.5; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

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the nuisance of a single thought

The working of my imagination left in solitude, simmered in anxiety, immune to self-judgement and away from the connections and chatter of technology has unlimited possibilities to grow as if it were a virus in a petri dish disguising its activity until it becomes its own pandemic taking over my plain white sheet of paper.

I would like to invite you to come see several pieces of my artwork  at the upcoming Fountain Art Fair in NYC at the Armory March 9-11 courtesy of  Art for Progress and FAFA .  The following weekend, March 18 I’ll have some pieces in the  BWAC‘s, Wide Open Three show in Red Hook, Brooklyn.   See you there!

At Fountain - Art for Progress - "the Sun itself is solitary" 66"x50"; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on Paper

At Fountain- Art for Progress,"the nuisance of a single thought",48”x33.5”, watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

At Fountain - FAFA -"dithering and diddering to the docken she went to pick some dogfinkil",15”x15”;unframed; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

At Fountain - FAFA -"sun dogs in the sky",30"x41"; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

At Fountain - FAFA - "Slipping Summer"; 12"x 8.5" unframed, watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

At BWAC-Wide Open show - "a warm stellar wind" 50"x50"; Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on paper

At BWAC- Wide Open Show - "the Exponents turn to mock us" 10"x12"; watercolor, ink and enamel on paper

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lovers and lunatics lost in the stratagem

When I wrote my first artist’s statement over fifteen years ago, it wasn’t so much a statement about my art as it was a love letter to my muse, completely and unabashedly from the heart, but perhaps best kept in a shoebox.    If like me, you have no mastery of words, instead of a letter, imagine giving a work of art to yourself or someone you love. Art is long-lasting, metaphorically rich, keeps you company, speaks meaningfully in wordless language, and  enriches your life. To paraphrase Shakespeare, the art’s the thing.

I would like to invite you to a group show I’m in called “WannA Piece?” curated by Francesci Arcilesi Fine Art.  The opening party is Wednesday, February, 8th from 6-9 at 122 W. 26th street (btw 6th and 7th Ave), on the 5th floor at Contra Studios, NYC.

Below is the artwork that I’ll have in the show.  40″x60″; 2012; Watercolor, ink & enamel on transparency film mounted on archival paper.

lovers and lunatics lost in the stratagem

remembering landslips and houseboys in dustcart storybooks

Box art.                                                                                                                                      Outside: Watercolor, ink and enamel.                                                                                    Inside: Poured enamel with tiny people caught in daily life.

   

    


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Studio Visit Magazine volume 16

My artwork was selected by Tang Museum curator Ian Berry to be in the just released Volume 16 of Studio Visit Magazine.  The two paintings, spindletop boomtown and oompop are available for purchase at Cohn Drennan Contemporary in Dallas.

Studio Visit volume16

Studio Visit volume16

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Aqua11 and Fountain Miami Art Fairs

Art fairs – you either love them or hate them, or like facebook you love to hate it but use them anyway.  After doing two art fairs this year on my own (AAF in Brussels and Berliner-Liste in Berlin) I see the value of art fairs -the sheer number of people who get to see your artwork on one long weekend, the chance you get (over and over again) to talk about your artwork to strangers, the lessons in commodification of art and the hype cycle experience, all, good and bad, but worthwhile as an artist to experience.

For galleries, it seems the advantages are pretty identical,  kind of a repeatable black friday for the art world.

I’m excited to be represented by both William Baczek Fine Arts at Aqua 11 Art Fair and by Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art at the Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL Dec. 1st-3rd.  My artwork will be in great company at the William Baczek Gallery since WB will also be showing artwork by Kurt Vonnegut.   Below is some of my artwork that will be available.

'Juriks trembling hands moved toward Euler's piece of cherry pie' at WB

from 'chautauqua zoo' series at FAFA

'staring down the hole' at WB

  2505 N. Miami Ave (at the corner of 25th St)
 
1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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