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Causey Contemporary in New York Mounts Solo Show of Magnolia Laurie '07

Artdaily, Antiques & The Arts Weekly feature alumna's exhibition

Posted 01.27.10 by MICA Media Relations

Magnolia Laurie '07, A Desire to Communicate

BROOKLYN, N.Y.--The Causey Contemporary presents All After All Before, the first solo exhibition at the gallery from Baltimore-based artist Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mount Royal School of Art). The exhibition, Laurie's second solo show in New York City, will feature her oil on panel paintings and runs from Thursday, Feb. 11 through Monday, March 15. An opening reception with the artist is 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

The concept for All After All Before is from AA...AB, the Morse code for repeating a message. "Often used to highlight or draw attention to a part of the message, it is a signal to request communication from whoever can receive it," explains the Causey Contemporary's description of the exhibition, which asks the viewers to bring their own interpretations to the table.

"Magnolia Laurie's paintings represent delicate and makeshift illogical structures and systems that may not endure their own weight, let alone the impending disruptions. They reference the sustained need to try, to build, to create, even in the face of complete futility. Depicting the instinctive, sometimes manic, and desperate human act of building referencing the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations."

Laurie is an artist in residence at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore and an artist fellow for the Hamiltonian Gallery in D.C. She was awarded a MICA fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2007. Prior to receiving her M.F.A. at MICA, Laurie earned a B.A. in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and a post baccalaureate degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Artdaily featured the exhibition on its site and Antiques & The Arts Weekly wrote about it, as well.

Causey Contemporary, located at 293 Grand St., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, click here.

Image caption: Magnolia Laurie '07, A Desire to Communicate (detail), oil on panel, 2008.

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