FOUND BUT NO LESS VALUED

Friday, November 5, 2010 - Sunday, November 28, 2010
Knapp Gallery, 162 N. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Solo show

excerpts from the blog of the director of The Knapp Gallery, Karl Slocum

"One late evening, walking to the corner market, I found a roll of vellum /Mylar with printed architectural / topographical elevations on them; nearly 20 twenty 36” by 48“ sheets. There were some larger sheets also. Clearly, for an artist, this was a veritable gold mine. The wanna-be part time painter that I was at the time saw this as a gift from heaven; a new intriguing material to paint on. I imagined the blending of the organics of paint with this semi transparent rigid and rendered material. There was something slick about it. Outside of normal conclusions, I carried my new found quarry home and dreamed of the possibilities. . Excited, I called Marjorie to come see the “find.” She was equally stoked. She blessed me for the find however making me swear with reverential deference that I would set the Mylars off to the side. Readiness would require a significant dose of patience. I agreed, it was best to let things lay for a bit. At the right time, a positive direction would reveal itself. They, the Mylars stayed rolled up under my bed until about 8 months ago. Wanting for a greater appreciation of Life’s simple things, I was cleaning out the extra, the stuff, the dross in my life. There is always a physical act in exercising our internal slag. I was downsizing, simplifying, living with less. I called Marjorie to come get the Mylar. . . .

Consequently, this is an extra special exhibition. We are generating new energy in our troika of giving –a three-in-one-collaboration. “Gifted material – gifted material gifted to artist – gifted artist gifting transformed material into gifts for viewers”. Witnessing this dramatic progress and giving the first “amens” has truly been a remarkable and special gift. Now, looking at Marjorie paintings, I am appreciative of her precise yet free dissections of the printed components of the Mylars into definable and substantiated elements. She has gracefully even instinctually created a system of valuation for the elements. In her simplicity, yet with an accompanying maturity, she affords us clarity into the gross value of these renderings, despite their devaluation from the abasement of their abandonment. The act of salvaging and restoring the Mylars adds dimension to the work. Our human want and need for salvation and redemption is manifested the- the proverbial second chance, is at issue here. The Mylars have been redeemed. . . .

Assimilation may best describe Marjorie’s unique skill of spooning alongside the parameters and constructs set by the architectural and topographical renderings; far afield from her accustomed way of being. Beyond a Tour de Force, Marjorie redefines her ability to assess the value of external stimuli while countering with a complementary contribution. Stepping lightly,
she has co-created with a sense of invisibility. I hate words that sound fancy. Synergy, however, is a word that comes to mind, but describes well the evident symbiosis between material and artist. Marjorie excels at being open in her search for growth."