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Kish College Gallery hosts Margi Weir exhibition

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will host an exhibition of the works of Margi Weir, titled “Observations and Innuendos,” through Nov. 15. There will be an artist’s reception from noon to 2 p.m. today in the gallery. 

Margi Weir earned her Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of California at Los Angeles; her master’s degree in painting from New Mexico State University; her Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from San Francisco Art Institute; and her bachelor’s degree in art history from Wheaton College, Massachusetts. She has spent many years as a professional artist, living and working in California, New Mexico, Colorado and Paris, France. She currently lives in Detroit and is an assistant professor of painting and drawing in the James P. Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University.

Her work has won numerous awards including Best Work on Paper in the first Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum and Best of Show in New Directions in Fiber at CORE New Art Space, Denver. She has had solo exhibitions across the United States and a retrospective of her work, titled “Margi Weir: Three Decades of Inquiry,” opened at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in 2009.

Weir’s work has followed two different but related paths, both employing what she terms a “snap line” to begin each piece: dipping cotton twine in thinned acrylic paint or ink and snapping the length of twine onto the support to establish a starting point around which she creates. 

“The snap line is a record of the violent impact of paint with support,” she said in a news release. “I like the idea that something beautiful on the surface has an underlying violence, a dark side.”

One body of work involves images repeated via computer.

“I stitch together [the images] visually in order to make an appealing pattern, often resulting in tapestry-like, spatially flattened compositions,” she said in the release.

“Through decorative patterning, the work of art draws the viewer into a slowly unfurling narrative that invites a discussion about ecology and/or sociopolitical realities of the contemporary world around us.”

Her second body of work is related to her relocation to Detroit in 2009. 

“Since my move to Detroit, I have been working on a series of drawings that depicts the remains of buildings that were once signifiers of the culture here,” she said in the release. “I could see these skeletons of buildings as drawings of line and shadow. They are more portrait than landscape. I increasingly refer to them as ‘bones’ that speak to the decline of the American Dream.”

Kishwaukee College Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery and the artist’s reception are free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Steven Hoover, director of the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery, at 815-825-2086, ext. 5610, or steven.hoover@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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