House and Universe
Exhibition Dates: September 6 - October 19, 2013
Friday, September 6
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Multi-media artist Mary Mattingly is known to explore themes of home, travel, cartography, and humans' relationships with each other, with the environment, with machines, and with corporate and political entities. Her work is cutting but honest, imagined but realistic. Mattingly imagines a world of imminent change, in which humanity must become reliant on a collective ingenuity in order to survive. In House and Universe, Mattingly's third exhibition with the gallery, she weaves together lush digital photography with experimental design to tackle real-world environmental issues in ways that are both radical and pragmatic.
Suggested obstacles are met not only with plausible solutions but the research to back it up. Studied ideas are refined to solve foreseen challenges such as floods, war, and decay of our urban habitat in a sustainable and functional way. Images are curious- strange, but believable. A rough futuristic repurposing makes what could be heavy, even haunting subjects playful. Suggested formed solutions are both elegant and elegiac. The works become both warnings of material excess and celebrations of its adaptability.
Mattingly recently participated in MoMA PS1's "Expo 1" in collaboration with Triple Canopy Magazine, received a
Knight Foundation Grant for her WetLand project that opens next summer on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, and represented smARTpower in the Philippines, in conjunction with the Bronx Museum and the US State Department. Her first Art 21: New York Close Up documentary video was released in July 2013. Mattingly's work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, Seoul Art Center, The New York Public Library, the Palais de Tokyo, Tucson Museum of Art, and the deCordova Museum.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Robert Mann Gallery