A friend of mine, Rebecca Riley, is having a private show starting January 12 at the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. If you are in town or looking for a destination you should definitely stop by. I am going to. The press release is below.
For Immediate Release
75 Mile Radius
January 13 – March 2, 2009
Cheryl McGinnis Gallery presents Rebecca Riley’s new cartographic
paintings in a solo exhibition 75 Mile Radius. The subject of her paintings
are the familiar cities that comprise the megalopolis that extends
from Boston to Washington D.C. Riley works on top of actual maps
and fills them with patterned images of dividing cells. The artist looks
at maps as a structure upon which to build a pattern. These patterns
reveal the evolution of development in a country or a city. They are a
part of a system of growth that can be envisioned into the future.
Riley utilizes the inherent organization within a map to create a surface
that blurs the line between map and abstract work of art. The
paintings are at once large unified surfaces of color and pattern as
well as a microscopic peering-into-minute detail of each city.
A concurrent exhibition curated by David Gibson, Sight Mapping at the
Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, January 31st
through March 1st, 2009.
Most notable recent exhibits include Project Globe, an exhibition
sponsored by Travel and Leisure Magazine and Future Generations, a
non- profit organization, Creative Cartographies, at the Brooklyn Arts
This exhibits marks Riley’s second exhibit, but first solo exhibit with
the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. Riley’s work was last exhibited in Microspace,
a group exhibition.
Riley was born in Colorado and currently works in New York City. She
holds a BA in art from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and
an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.