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Artist's Opening Reception: Tanya Marcuse at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Exhibition Dates: January 4 - February 22, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception Brunch:
Saturday, January 4, 2014

11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Fallen is an apt title for the work of Tanya Maracuse. Her large-scale works are full of the poetics of life and death, but most successfully teeter between the two in a space of continuance. Images are overripe and literally decay in beautiful transition. What at first we take for frames that reveal instants of changing seasons become fleshed out into greater symbols for the cycle of life itself. Longer looking reveals a truth to the viewer: Maracuse's seemingly found scenes of fallen organics, sunflowers, snakes, eggs, pomegranates, moss, leaves, apples, and cicadas among them, cannot and do not belong to a single season. Rather than dissuade us from the truth of life these frames allure with a sense of curiosity and claw at mortality. We become ever more engaged in the compacted imagery, and the work becomes magical even mythic. The decomposing flora, fauna, and insect life is both grotesque and sublime. The subject matter, handling, and rich color that infuses Maracuse's scenes renders them tapestry-like, and we can almost imagine these spaces stitched by an invisible but delicate hand. The works both consist of and transcend reality.

Marcuse earned her MFA from Yale. She has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship among other distinguishable honors, and her work is in such notable collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Yale Art Gallery, among others.

A catalogue will be available in conjunction with the show.

Preview the works online at Julie Saul Gallery

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