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Margaret Withers
updated: 04/14/2014
website: www.mawithers.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Archimedes' lever
in linear time, my memory is clear as day
if you must speak then please speak with words
warm but not silent
tell me about the killer swamp bunny Mr. President
I want to put you back in
decisions will go awry
nothing to say in words for which I would not stand for
skipping darkly through the prism of noble innocence
still air trapped with buzz while fire light twinkles
infinitely divisible matter, mattered less and less
swamping tideless wrapped in coaxial cable floated the east river regatta
a pit viper, a spider, and a giant biting ant walk into a bar
walking in the walled valley of super cluster complexes
heart-to-hearts and lullabies lost in the straighjacket
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, surreal, meditative, humor, abstract, language, systems, landscape, spiritual, gestural
 
 
Archimedes' lever by Margaret Withers
Archimedes' lever
ouache,vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper
2014
30 " x  41 "  x 1 " 
in linear time, my memory is clear as day by Margaret Withers
in linear time, my memory is clear as day
watercolor, ink, gouache and flashe on paper
2013
41.5 " x  29 "  x 0.1 " 
if you must speak then please speak with words by Margaret Withers
if you must speak then please speak with words
vinyl paint, watercolor, ink on paper
2014
30 30 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
warm but not silent by Margaret Withers
warm but not silent
watercolor, gouache, ink on paper
2014
30 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
tell me about the killer swamp bunny Mr. President by Margaret Withers
tell me about the killer swamp bunny Mr. President
gouche,flashe,ink, watercolor on paper
2013
20 " x  16 "  x .1 " 
I want to put you back in by Margaret Withers
I want to put you back in
watercolor, ink, gouache and enamel on paper
2013
30 " x  22 "  x 0.1 " 
decisions will go awry by Margaret Withers
decisions will go awry
watercolor, ink, gouache and flashe on paper
2013
31.5 " x  47.5 "  x 0.1 " 
nothing to say in words for which I would not stand for by Margaret Withers
nothing to say in words for which I would not stand for
watercolor, ink, gouache and enamel on paper
2013
30 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
skipping darkly through the prism of noble innocence by Margaret Withers
skipping darkly through the prism of noble innocence
watercolor, ink, gouache and enamel on paper
2013
41.5 " x  29 "  x .1 " 
still air trapped with buzz while fire light twinkles by Margaret Withers
still air trapped with buzz while fire light twinkles
watercolor, ink, gouache, lead and enamel on paper
2013
30 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
infinitely divisible matter, mattered less and less by Margaret Withers
infinitely divisible matter, mattered less and less
watercolor, ink and enamel on paper
2012
66 " x  95 "  x .1 " 
swamping tideless wrapped in coaxial cable floated the east river regatta by Margaret Withers
swamping tideless wrapped in coaxial cable floated the east river regatta
gouache,vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper
2014
22 " x  30 "  x .1 " 
a pit viper, a spider, and a giant biting ant walk into a bar by Margaret Withers
a pit viper, a spider, and a giant biting ant walk into a bar
watercolor, ink and enamel on paper
2012
22.5 " x  30 "  x .1 " 
walking in the walled valley of super cluster complexes by Margaret Withers
walking in the walled valley of super cluster complexes
watercolor, ink and enamel on paper
2012
31.5 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
heart-to-hearts and lullabies lost in the straighjacket by Margaret Withers
heart-to-hearts and lullabies lost in the straighjacket
watercolor, ink and enamel on transparency film mounted on archival paper
2011
40 " x  60 "  x .1 " 

Artist Statement

1.  I was coming down my spiral stairs in my loft and because of my thick wooly socks I slipped, I caught myself with the hand rails -but in that moment of falling- time seemed to stop.

2.  If, as I’m walking, I narrate what I’m doing and even thinking, creating a feedback loop, thinking, I’m thinking that I’m walking and I’m walking, thinking of walking. It’s at this moment that the earth seems to be moving in an opposite direction to my feet and time is flattened.

3.  When I look out my window and I flatten the image, as if I’m getting ready to paint it, converting it from a three dimensional space to a flat plane, the birds stop, the clouds are still, space-time seems to not exist.


Time perceptions from a curious American landscape in four parts.


Tempo::Electric Current::Ampere

Painted houses that tilt, sway or huddle together as if fearful of existing in an unstable environment, telephone that lines that drop off, and at times an unidentifiable god-figure that watches over this environment that moves at an internal tempo that borders on chaos and kinetic cosmic energy.

Span::Mass::Kilogram

Transparent houses that seem to have lost their substance and privacy but in reality are only camouflaged by the layers of the environment that they reside.

Timezone::Length::Meter

Telephone poles traverse this imaginary landscape from the view above, as if seeing a google earth view of an imaginary time zone that is set-up to bring some order to the chaos.

Interval::Time::Second

Using a different medium, oil, causes a slowness to the chaos and shutters the noise to form an hypnotic landscape where time is meant to feel like pressure - a foreboding finality where the god-figure is absent and the houses tilt into or push away from an opening abyss.

Artist Bio / CV

I was born in Austin, Texas in 1965 and recieved a BA in Literature from Texas A&M University.   In 2004 I attended CU Boulder’s MFA program but did not matriculate,  deciding instead to move to New York City in 2006.  My work has shown extensively in New York City, around the US, and internationally in Australia, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong and Moscow, it is included in multiple private collections and has won numerous awards, including a fellowships for Vermont Studio Residency, the Millay Colony and a USA Project Grant.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 One Mind’s Imagining into Another at Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA

2012 Painting the American Anti-Story at Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art (AHA), Brooklyn, NY

2010 feeling untethered I laid down my memories at Amos Eno Gallery, NY, NY

Select Group Shows

2014 The Intuitionist at The Drawing Center, NY, NY

2013 Striations at G Gallery, curated by Diane Barber, Houston, Texas

2013 Abstraction  at William Baczek Fine Art, Northampton, MA

2013 Connecting the Dots at ISE Cultural Foundation, curated by Lovina Purple NY, NY

2014 Viewpoints 2014 at the Studio Montclaire at Aljira Center for Arts, Newark, NJ

2014 The Democracy of Drawing at AirSpace Projects, Sydney, Australia

2014 Other Worlds at Skylight Gallery, curated by Jill Slaymaker, NY, NY

2013 AS Boom and Bloom at The Phatory, curated by Jill Conner, NY, NY

2013 Das Wird Sich Alles Finden-Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, Ohio&Block Project Space Sheffield, UK

2012  Remembering at Attleboro Arts Museum, Attelboro, MA

2011 110°: 2011 Summer Group Show at Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2011 In Vivid Color at Gallery M, Vienna, Austria

2009 Exhibit 0/1 at 25-Kadr Gallery, Moscow, Russia


New American Paintings Northeastern ed. #92 (selected by: MoMA Curator Laura Hoptman)

2013 Residency Fellowship, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz NY

2013 Vermont Studio Residency (Fellowship recipient)


BA, English Literature, 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX