Sept 16 - Oct 22
curated by Walker Contemporary
at The Bundy Modern
*opening reception with the artists Sat Sept 16, 5-7pm
Ordinary Time featuring the work of Maine-based painter Grace DeGennaro and the kinetic sculpture of Boston-based artist Anne Lilly is an exhibition in which two women elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Both artists take often over-looked or taken-for-granted patterns found in nature and give them a poetic, mesmerizing visual form. In DeGennaro’s case, her abstract canvasses vibrate with energy, relying on abstract imagery to convey meaning, imagery drawn from ancient symbolism and Sacred Geometry. In Lilly’s case, the sculptures, although informed by geometry seem to move with almost magical fluid movement. While both artists create work that is abstract, every piece resonates with meaning.
The exhibition was inspired by the following *excerpt:
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
But it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
And both Lilly & DeGennaro do just that, they “make the ordinary come alive.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
In 2014, was named a visiting artist at MIT, 2012 artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Boston, and was awarded the 2011 Blanche E. Colman Grant. She has created artworks for a year-long exhibition of kinetic art at the MIT Museum, the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, the City of Boston’s ParkArts program, and the Fort Point Public Arts Series. Her work was included in the 2007 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, has been collected by the DeCordova Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and is held in corporate and private collections internationally. Through competitive selection in 2005 she was awarded a public commission for a permanent sculpture on the Boston Harbor, and the Boston Globe named her 2003 FPAC exhibition one of the ten best exhibits of the year.
Lilly holds a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech, and has taught at MIT, Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, the DeCordova School, and Maud Morgan Arts. In a project funded by the NEA, from 2005 to 2007 she collaborated with the DeCordova Museum’s education department to develop and administer an annual institute for teachers, using kinetic sculpture to link the instruction of art and science in middle and high schools. Ms. Lilly is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY, Sponder Gallery, Rice/Polak Gallery, and William Baczek Fine Arts.
DeGennaro received her BA in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and an MFA from Columbia University. She is the recipient of grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New York and New England including at the Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY; The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, MA; and the University of New England, Portland, ME and is included in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States. DeGennaro's work has also been exhibited in the American Embassy in both Doha, Qatar and Tanzania, Africa. DeGennaro was a Visiting Artist at Bowdoin College and a studio instructor in the Graduate Studies program at the Maine College of Art, Portland, ME from 1998-2002. She has been a visiting artist at Skidmore College as well. Ms. DeGennaro is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY.
The Bundy Modern is located at 361 Bundy Road, Waitsfield, Vermont, 05673. Opening hours of the exhibition are Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5pm. The gallery will be closed for a private event Sunday, October 8th. For more gallery info: www.bundymodern.com firstname.lastname@example.org 802.583.5832
*(Excerpt from William Martin’s “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents”)