Laura Craig McNellis "Out of the Closet”

Ricco/Maresca Gallery

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Ricco/Maresca Gallery presents “Out of the Closet,” an exhibition of life-size paper and paint cut-outs of clothing by Laura Craig McNellis. McNellis’s record of everyday life, whether it focuses on clothes, tables of food and drink, buildings, or events, invites us to admire the significant beauty of a day’s details. Looking at McNellis’s work, we allow ourselves to take pleasure in daily events often ignored, and recognize each day’s minutiae as ritual, rather than rote. Her paintings are intimate, revealing with joy the role these objects play in composing our lives.

McNellis’s use of color is intense and uplifting, as are her thick, flowing lines, and the bold shapes they create. Recently, she has concentrated on clothing: she paints a garment in tempera and then cuts it out, working according to the size of the original subject. Her attention to the detail in these garments is creative and accurate: even in two dimensions she communicates a sense of space by reproducing, for example, the logos and tags along the inside of T-shirt necklines, or the rivets and stitches on a pair of jeans.



from April 12, 2012 to May 12, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-04-12 from 18:00 to 20:00

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