The exhibition brings together ideas such as history, memory, childhood creative impulses, that have interested the artist over the years. Her latest pieces of wall work, featuring velvet silhouettes of vintage women's and children's dresses cut from wallpaper, are coupled with painted maps, dresses and a dollhouse.
Figureworks is pleased to present, Keeping Room, the galleries first site-specific installation by Brooklyn based artist Meridith McNeal on view from March 30 – May 27, 2007.
Keeping Room brings together many ideas that have interested the artist over the years – history, memory, childhood creative impulses, domestic interior spaces and narrative. McNeal’s exhibition honors Figureworks unique position in a 19th century brick row house by transforming it back into a small Victorian parlor, a room that was often referred to as a “keeping room”. A few key pieces of furniture will be placed in the room, chandeliers and ornate period lamps will provide warm ambient lighting.
McNeal is recognized for bridging period ephemera into her contemporary artwork. This latest body of wall work features velvet silhouettes of vintage women’s and children’s dresses cut from historically designed wallpaper. These pieces are coupled with her painted maps, this particular series featuring period chandeliers. All will be hung salon style in ornate gilded frames. In the windows and between rooms, heavy drapes will reveal delicate muslin sheers that are embroidered with thin lines to form astrological maps. These, like the pieces on the walls, explore the idea of time and personal history.
Freestanding paper pieces include two life-sized mother and child Victorian dresses, which reversely explore history by using contemporary Brooklyn maps. A Victorian style dollhouse, built to resemble Figureworks, has individual rooms of the gallery replicated within. Tiny paper dresses will inhabit the dollhouse and under bell jars on the various surfaces around the gallery.
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 30th, from 6-9PM. Figureworks is located at 168 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.
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