November 30, 2017
Press Release - Margaret Fitzgerald "Refuge"

Margaret Fitzgerald

Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00
On view through January 20, 2018

Margaret Fitzgerald’s large-scale, process-driven compositions are rooted in Abstract Expressionism yet capture the socio-political tension of our time.

David Richard Gallery, LLC
1570 Pacheco Street, E2
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 983 - 9555

David Richard Gallery is pleased to present Margaret Fitzgerald’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Refuge. This suite of new paintings, all created in 2017, are a continuation of her active and dynamic compositions, holding juxtapositions in tension with one another on their painted surfaces. Like her earlier works, these paintings seek to reveal the elusive and inarticulate, the underbelly, the in-between, the bridge between the natural world and those who inhabit it. Yet, these new works evolve further, capturing an urgent sense of contemporaneity. The show’s title, Refuge, named after a painting on display, captures this sense of socio-political unease. Through her painterly mark making, raw textured surface, large fields of color, and calligraphic details, Fitzgerald creates contemplative gestural abstractions with an emotional resonance.

Refuge will be on view from December 15, 2017 through January 20, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at David Richard Gallery’s new Santa Fe location at 1570 Pacheo Street, Suite E2, Santa Fe, NM 87505, P: (505) 983 – 9555. A digital catalogue will be available online.

Fitzgerald’s complex and time consuming painterly process captures the ephemeral history of the composition’s creation. Beginning with a collection of images or ideas that she holds in her mind, she lets the intuitive process of painting take her away from them, back to them again, and so on until the work comes to a point of (un)certainty. She works and reworks the paint on canvas—leaving notes, making marks, layering on forms and material, all the while removing bits of these layers by scraping and tooling the canvas, revealing the colors underneath. This self-reflexive painting process allows each work to create its own history. She explains, “a painting is finished when I don’t fully understand it, when it resides in between words and logic.”

About Margaret Fitzgerald:

Margaret Fitzgerald was born in London, England and grew up in both Japan and the United States. She studied fine art and art history at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League in New York City, as well as studying at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico where she also continued her studies in Arts Education. Fitzgerald currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Fitzgerald’s extensive travels in Europe, Mexico, and South America serve as her foremost inspiration; the art, architecture, and urban fabric of these multi-cultural environments bring a richness to her artwork. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States, with solo exhibitions in New York, California, and New Mexico. Her work resides in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan, and Macao.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. Opening the second location in New York in 2017 exposes the gallery’s artists to new markets, institutions and collectors.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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