Causey Contemporary is pleased to announce that two paintings by Magnolia Laurie are being acquired by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for their permanent collection. Paintings, November Charlie (I am in distress and require immediate assistance) and To Abandon My Vessel (Alfa Bravo) were selected for the museum by curator Barbara O’Brien after visiting Magnolia solo exhibition at Causey Contemporary. The exhibition entitled All After All Before opened on February 12, 2010 and runs through March 13, 2010 at the gallery’s 293 Grand St. Location in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. This acquisition will mark the first by a museum of Magnolia’s work.
The two paintings headed for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art each feature the color coded signal flags that ships use to relay messages to one another often when in distress. Thus suggesting that the structures depicted are attempting to communicate the need for assistance in the face of whatever adversity they are positioned within. Magnolia’s exhibition title , All After All Before is in fact taken from AA…AB, the Morse code for repeating a message. Often used to highlight or draw attention to a part of the message, it is a signal to request communication from whoever can receive it. Additionally, Magnolia Laurie’s paintings represent delicate and makeshift illogical structures and systems that may not endure their own weight, let alone the impending disruptions. They reference the sustained need to try, to build, to create, even in the face of complete futility.
Magnolia Laurie received her BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College, a Post Baccalaureate Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was awarded a MICA Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2007 and is currently an Artist Fellow for the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC. Magnolia Laurie lives is Baltimore, MD, as an artist in residence at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
Founded in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents modern and contemporary art of the highest quality and significance. It collects, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits a growing permanent collection; develops and presents special exhibitions; and offers a variety of educational programs. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art strives to represent artists of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media, and ethnicity in each of its three buildings. The museum’s signature building near Country Club Plaza in Kansas City was designed by Gunner Birkets and features the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions. Kemper East in a restored 100 year old landmark property features the museum’s collection and then Kemper at the Crossroads showcases exhibition by emerging artists to whom the Kemper is often giving their first museum show. Now Magnolia Laurie will become one of those emerging artists represented in the Kemper’s collection.
For more information on Magnolia Laurie and her paintings, contact Causey Contemporary 293 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY 718 218 8939 or via email at [email protected]
Image: Magnolia Laurie echo, ear to the ground I listen 2009, 18 x 18 in. Oil on panel Causey Contemporary