Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Marci Washington / Dark Mirror

After the Dinner Party

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Marci Washington’s lush paintings in DARK MIRROR work on several levels to build suspicion and to enhance an ominous sense of discomfort and crisis in viewers. She achieves this by depicting ghosts, haunted houses, vampires, dismembered limbs, bloody scenery, and an assortment of sallow young people who serve as metaphors for serious social ills. Washington’s model for a doomed society was Edwardian England whose rigid social norms and repressive imperialist vision sparked its decline – a situation Washington feels is mirrored by a present-day America stricken by the same ideological “curse”. Her Edwardian characters and romance novel format allow Washington “to construct an allegorical tale capable of challenging the simplistic cultural narrative of our own time in order to reveal a much darker tale of moral decline, spiritual crisis, and rampant anxiety, all lurking beneath the siren song of material desire fueling the “progress” of a capitalist society in decline.”

Washington received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. This exhibit will be Washington’s first solo show at the Rena Bransten Gallery but her work was included in the group exhibition, "Dreamscapes" and "Cream – From the Top" at Arts Benicia, last year. Washington currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30AM to 5:30PM and Saturday 11:00AM to 5PM.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Have a great time tonight! I'm super bummed that I'll be flying out of town right as the celebrations get goin'. Congrats!