Exhibition Preview

June 3rd Exhibition
To Embrace The Whole Sky With The Mind
Opening June 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm
On view through June 28th, 2017

Karen Marston

Attempting to balance all the fury and fearsome beauty the natural (and not so natural) world extols on our planet is the path of Karen Marston's work of the past several years. The undeniable influence of climate change informs her fascination with the acceleration of crises and catastrophes we now seem to experience on a regular basis.

This exhibition takes it's title from "Totum animo comprendere caelum", the inscription on the exterior of the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma, a global nerve center for all things regarding severe weather and meteorological patterns. "To Embrace The Whole Sky With The Mind", the poetic motto of those scientists, captures the artist's desire to paint the magnitude of the sky.

This series of smaller plein air paintings are the culmination of a residency last summer in rural Pennsylvania, the landscape and expansive skies there placed in time by Marston's deft hand and assured eye, blending the rapturous environment with her intellectual curiosity into an immediate space of awe and wonder.

With the larger canvasses here, the study of bucolic splendor broadens to a darker exploration of a brooding foreboding, and then manifestation of violence and destruction, a commentary made all the more palpable by Marston's conviction and engagement with her themes. The startling discovery that amidst the organic grace of our world, these ever more common occurrences of disaster also can provide a sense of disturbing beauty.

Karen Marston Bio:
Karen Marston is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been seen in several solo exhibitions in NYC including "Demeter's Wrath" at the Owen James Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, "Storm Watch: New Paintings" at Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn which was reviewed in Time Out magazine by Michael Wilson.

Recent group exhibitions that included Marston's work are "Disquieting Vicinities" at the Owen James Gallery, "Elements", a two person exhibition at Station Independent Projects, "Passing Left" curated by The Dorado Project for the Buggy Factory, and Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums, at Centotto in Bushwick, and "Fluid" at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Originally from California, Marston earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program.