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Margaret Griffith
updated: 11/02/2012
website: www.margaretgriffith.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Coringa
Coringa detail
Canopy
Canopy detail
Untitled (Highland Park)
Untitled (Highland Park) detail
Ripple
Eddies
Gray Burst
Blue Corner Collection
Eddies detail
Elevation
Shaft
Orange Burst
Gray Corner
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, architecture, geometric, spiritual, pattern
 
 
Coringa by Margaret Griffith
Coringa
Handcut paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Coringa detail by Margaret Griffith
Coringa detail
Handcut paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Canopy by Margaret Griffith
Canopy
Handcut paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Canopy detail by Margaret Griffith
Canopy detail
Handcut paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Untitled (Highland Park) by Margaret Griffith
Untitled (Highland Park)
Cut paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Untitled (Highland Park) detail by Margaret Griffith
Untitled (Highland Park) detail
Cut paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Ripple by Margaret Griffith
Ripple
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper
2010
39.5" x  50" 
Eddies by Margaret Griffith
Eddies
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper
2010
39.5 " x  50" 
Gray Burst by Margaret Griffith
Gray Burst
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2009
48" x  48"  x 2" 
Blue Corner Collection by Margaret Griffith
Blue Corner Collection
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2009
Dimensions variable
Eddies detail by Margaret Griffith
Eddies detail
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2010
39.5 " x  50 " 
Elevation by Margaret Griffith
Elevation
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2009
60" x  46"  x 2" 
Shaft by Margaret Griffith
Shaft
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2009
48" x  48"  x 2" 
Orange Burst by Margaret Griffith
Orange Burst
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper
2009
48" x  48" 
Gray Corner by Margaret Griffith
Gray Corner
Watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper on panel
2009
42" x  60" 

Artist Statement

Provoked by spaces created within manmade structures, I am exploring contemplation through the use of the grid, abstraction and perspective. Within each piece, the freehand geometric division of space is rendered in watercolor pencil and pigmented ink on paper while providing room for meditation and reprieve.

 

In this century we have witnessed what many have described as the next great depression, resulting in empty and vacant businesses and homes across the country. In 2008, approximately 44,000 vacant houses in the city were reported. In California tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue have been lost. Impermanence, instability, and emptiness abound in our economy and visual landscape.

 

As discussed in Rosalind Krauss’s essay on Grids, I embrace the grid as a staircase to the Universal, to Being or Mind or Spirit, to explore beyond the concrete and the problems inhabited within it.

 

Margaret Griffith

 

Artist Bio / CV

Education         

2001 M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art 

1994 B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art 

Solo Exhibitions

2012

Installation Ruth Bachofner Gallery Santa Monica

2011

Local Intersections Ruth Bachofner Gallery

2009

Corners Ruth Bachofner Gallery

2007

Nets Ruth Bachofner Gallery

2006

Drawings Haus Gallery Pasadena

 

Group Exhibitions

2010

Venn Diagram Kristi Engle Gallery Los Angeles

Amalgam Cabrini Gallery Woodbury University

2009

Sweet Subversives Long Beach Museum of Art

Rebus, Museo Archeologico di Amelia) Italy

Sizeable, Fluxco Gallery LA

Fourth of July, Jancar Gallery  LA

White Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery

2008-9

At The Brewery Project, 1993-2007: The Finale Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena

2008

Luscious Abstractions Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College

2007

Evidence 12 Axis Gallery Sacramento

Nice Work If You Get It Rio Hondo College Gallery

W.O.P. The Brewery Project LA

HAUS Guests The Brewery Project

2006

Major Drawings Carl Berg Gallery  LA

Group Show  Mor York Gallery LA

Fresh Start Arena 1 Gallery Santa Monica

2005         

New Slang  Ruth Bachofner Gallery

Eye Tow 3 from Cranbrook  Newspace@Twentieth LA

2004        

Observations  Carl Berg Gallery

Water Media Traditional/Experimental  Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center       

Skin Thin  Viento y Agua Gallery Long Beach

Now Here  The Brewery Project  LA

Pulp  Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery

Drawings  Kontainer Gallery LA

Publications

John O'Brien, "Margaret Griffith", Artillery

Molly Enholm, "Margaret Griffith "Installation" at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Art ltd.

Diane Calder, "Continuing and Reccommended, ArtScene

Michelle  Weiner, "LA Art", LA Centric

James Scarborough, “Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings Long Beach Museum of Art“, Artillery,

Doug Harvey, “Last Round, Looking forward into the past with “At The Brewery Project: The Finale“ LA Weekly

Leah Ollman, “The definition of drawing, expanded “Los Angeles Times

Peter Frank, “Major Drawings at Carl Berg Gallery“Art Scene

Kerry Kugelman, “NowHere/Nowhere at the Brewery Project” Coagula Art Journal       

Dave Eisenstadt, “Exhibit displays range of watercolor uses”Easy Reader