Margo HerrMarch 1- March 29, 2006
Margo Herr focused on forms that were personal metaphors for change and the inner spiritual journey. This retrospective exhibition traces the development of her symbolic imagery from earlier road paintings, past standing stones which disintegrate into melon slices, which transform into boats. Although her paintings derive from these objects, her work was always a balance of pure abstraction and identifiable subject matter. She didn't feel she had to choose.
Poised between these two ideas she expressed the mystery of forms that inspired her through the intensity of her painting technique. By repeatedly applying, scraping and layering paint, gold leaf, metallic oils and varnishes Margo released the mysterious inner energies of images, even seemingly as unchanging as stones. Her study of Jung led to a fascination with symbolism and iconography that culminated in the depiction of the Egyptian sailing vessals that carried the soul from life to death.
This exhibition also features examples from Margo's long career as a graphic designer. Her use of watercolor, collage and typography in her book jacket designs led to the continual reappearance of these same techniques in her paintings and drawings, epitomized by the joyful exploration of natural transformation in her flower series.
Margo said, "Nature is the source for everything I desire to make. At its best it is the thing itself (a flower, a stone, a road or landscape) made by me - imbued with the extra feelings that I cannot place in the world in any other way."
Exhibition checklistBow III ...imageoil on canvas, 1993Red Roads oil on canvas, 1978
The Geomancer's Stoneoil on canvas, 1988Untitled, Egyptian Boatoil on canvas, 1991
Untitled, Egyptian Boatoil on canvas, 1993
Boat of the Sunoil on canvas, 1992
Pink and Green Egyptoil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution Ioil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution IIoil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution IIIoil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution IVoil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution VIIIoil on canvas, 1990
Dissolution Redoil on canvas, 1990
Small Green Egyptian Boatoil on canvas, 1991
Blue Boatwatercolor, 1993
Untitled Boatwatercolor, 1996
I Have Passed Over Itwatercolor, 1996
With the Shining Oneswatercolor, 1996
Winter Roads oil on board (two panels)
Red Iriswatercolor, 2002
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