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Malinda Bray
updated: 07/11/2012
website: www.mindybray.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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lull
forest floor
falls
dusk
lichen
surface
precipice
forest for the trees
this dewdrop world
trace
water feature
recycling center
hedge
willow
fencing
 
Portfolio Keywords:  urban, architecture, landscape, mapping, meditative, collaborative, process, pattern, repetition
 
 
lull by Malinda Bray
lull
ink and gouache
2011
35" x  46" 
forest floor by Malinda Bray
forest floor
ink and gouache
2011
35" x  46" 
falls by Malinda Bray
falls
ink and gouache
2012
46" x  35" 
dusk by Malinda Bray
dusk
ink and gouache
2012
22 " x  28 " 
lichen by Malinda Bray
lichen
ink and gouache
2012
22" x  28" 
surface by Malinda Bray
surface
ink and gouache
2012
22" x  28" 
precipice by Malinda Bray
precipice
latex on wall
2012
Dimensions variable
forest for the trees by Malinda Bray
forest for the trees
latex on wall
2011
Dimensions variable
this dewdrop world by Malinda Bray
this dewdrop world
latex on wall
2010
Dimensions variable
trace by Malinda Bray
trace
latex and paper on wall
2010
Dimensions variable
water feature by Malinda Bray
water feature
latex on wall
2009
Dimensions variable
recycling center by Malinda Bray
recycling center
ink and gouache
2009
42" x  52" 
hedge by Malinda Bray
hedge
ink and gouache
2009
42 " x  52 " 
willow by Malinda Bray
willow
ink and gouache
2010
15 " x  22 " 
fencing by Malinda Bray
fencing
ink and gouache
2010
15 " x  22 " 

Artist Statement
All visual experience is filtered, as the brain categorizes and creates patterns in order to attempt an understanding of what is being experienced. I am interested in creating visual fields that challenge this function, and leave the mind in a state of suspension between recognition and unrecognition.  My subject matter is derived from photographs of the contemporary inhabited environment, and is a record of my daily experience.  I translate, reduce, and transform these images through a meticulous process that is descriptive of both the struggle to discover pattern, and the acceptance of unintelligible complexity.

My process in making the drawings and paintings mirrors the process that the mind enacts in decoding visual experience.  Breaking the image into confined shapes and an organized value structure creates order from a complex field of visual information.  However, the newly presented image is reduced to a system that actually camouflages the original object since the overall image is no longer entirely recognizable in its fragmented state.  The result is similar to the state of mind when listening to a complex and new piece of music, where there is a constant attempt to organize, label, and understand, although this attempt actually disrupts the continuity of the experience of listening.  My paintings present both opportunities; they offer a field that can either be reconstructed and named, or can be accepted and felt.

Artist Bio / CV

b. 1979

Education
MFA 2005 Painting, University of Iowa
MA 2003 Painting University of Iowa
BFA 1999 Painting Arizona State University

Awards and Residencies
Resident, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO 2009
Second Place, Colorado Art Open 2009
Mildred Pelzer Fellowship 2004
First Place, Jakobson Graduate Forum 2004
Phoenix Art Museum Artist’s Materials Grant 2002

One and Two Person Exhibitions

2012                                                                                          The Geography of Looking. Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

2011                                                                                      Forest for the Trees. Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2010                                                                                               Presence and Absence. Ironton Studios and Gallery, Denver, CO

2008
Paper, Scissors, Rock. Ironton Studios and Gallery, Denver, CO

2006
Finding Now. Art Museum of the University of Memphis, TN

2004
Closure. Eve Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Names and Locations. Byron Burford Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012                                                                                                H2O. Rule Gallery, Denver, CO                                       University of Denver Faculty Triennial.Victoria Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO

2011                                                                                                One Hundred Days: The Online Collaborative. Hinterland, Denver, CO  

2010                                                                                                Stark. Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO                               Natural Causes. Rule Gallery, Denver, CO                           

2009
Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO           Resident Artist Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO

2008
On, Of, and About Paper. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2007
Twinkle, Twinkle. Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
Watermarks on Paper. Arts + Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT
International Juried Show. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, NJ
Drawing No Conclusions. Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, MI

2005
MFA Exhibition. University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

Selected Publications

2012                                                                                                "Mindy Bray: Decoding the Visual Experience". Ashley Beyer, Modern in Denver Magazine. Winter 2011-2012                 

"Mindy Bray's Wide View of the New West". Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post. March 23, 2012

2011                                                                                                "Art's New View: The 12 Best Colorado Artists 35 and Under". Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post. May 22, 2011

2010                                                                                         New American Paintings, West Edition, No. 90