Mallory Page

Within & Without 75×80 mm on Canvas with ‘Technicolor Venus I’ (Painted Garden Statue)

Garden of Ambition

Longview Museum of Art presents Garden of Ambition, a solo-exhibition of large-scale, monochromatic artworks by New Orleans-based artist Mallory Page.  Featuring 17 new  works that range from 6×6-ft to 8×8-ft in size, the exhibition offers a sophisticated study in perception, exploring how measured changes in color can effect shifts in visual understanding.

Mallory Page

Sleepwalker- Acrylic on canvas, 88x84in, 2017

Page’s compositions employ multiple layers of monochromatic hues that cascade the canvas. Working with a delicate color palette, at first glance Page’s works appear soft, subtle, and traditionally “feminine.”  Closer inspection reveals an arduous and meticulous process, in which over the course of many days, paint is both poured and applied with long, sweeping brush strokes, layer upon layer.  As one moves across the painting, the color and the tone of the work shifts and changes, with some moments translucent and murky, as if light is shining through.Rendered on an imposing scale, the works become powerfully enveloping environments, complicating what was initially perceived as soft and delicate.  Taken as a whole, Page presents a sophisticated painting codex—one that understands how painting can envelop the viewer, perplexing and intoxicating in equal measure. Page was raised in southwest Louisiana, a region with a vibrant culture and distinctive geographical landscape. Her work subtly and abstractly engages with this heritage, as well as with the questions that arise from the position of an independent woman and artist living and working within a traditional social terrain.  Additionally, Page’s practice is informed by the legacies of first and second generation abstract expressionists (Agnes Martin, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keefe) who explored similar questions of space/place and identity through abstraction, repetition, and process.

Wisteria-Acrylic on canvas, 90×100 in, 2017

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Heroine’s Waltz- Acrylic on Canvas 88×84 in, 2017  & Nightshade- Acrylic on Canvas 88×84 in, 2017

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Saga of the Butterflies- Acrylic on Canvas 90x 100 in, 2017

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