Artistic Conclusions

The time and space that MacDowell offers to artists contributes directly to the creation of striking works of art that come to fruition in the outside world every day, like those featured below.

Barry Underwood Ferns for Francesca.jpgWhen photographer Barry Underwood came to MacDowell last year, he planned to work on a series of photographs constructed in the landscape and inspired by artist Francesca Woodman's work that she created at MacDowell in 1980. Ferns (for Francesca), a photograph of a site-specific light installation set in the woods at MacDowell (pictured left), is but one example of the end result of Underwood's residency. "My time at MacDowell was nothing short of amazing," he says. "The staff even helped me find assistants to help with two difficult installations. I got a lot done while I was there — a lot more than I thought I would." Underwood's work will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at The Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. "Land of Magic: Artists Explore Make-Believe," which runs from April 6th through June 12th, is an engaging exhibition that introduces a range of imaginative approaches to art-making.

1238845868_francesca-woodman-untitled-macdowell-colony-peterCoincidentally, the most comprehensive retrospective of Francesca Woodman's work since her untimely death in 1981 at the age of 22 opens today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Featuring newly released photographs, artist books, and videos, the show includes more than 120 vintage photographs, like the one shown right, which was taken during Woodman's residency at MacDowell in 1980. The show at the Guggenheim runs through June 13th.

Untitled, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 11.4 x 11.4 cm. Courtesty George and Betty Woodman. © 2012 George and Betty Woodman.

Roger King book.jpgRoger King's new book, Love and Fatigue in America, will be published on March 26th by Terrace Books, a trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press. An autobiographic novel, the book "records an Englishman’s journey through his newly adopted country in the company of a mystifying illness and a charismatic dog." Love and Fatigue in America was partly written during King's 2009 residency at MacDowell. "In normal life, there is a filter of distraction and anxiety that lies between what is deep in you and the blank page," relates King about his residency. "MacDowell removes it. You can live on the fruits of that for quite some time."

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Another autobiographical novel by a MacDowell Fellow who hails from across the pond is also being released this month: Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage by Honor Molloy. Set in Ireland in the 1960s, Smarty Girl is "a wild child's journey through a world alternately tender and brutal, humorous and heartbreaking, told in language as musical and vibrant as Dublin itself." Molloy worked on the novel while working in Baetz Studio in 2006.


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Visual artist Anne Gilman's solo show Paper Line Edit (work from which is pictured left) is currently being presented by the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program at Gallery 633 in Anderson Hall at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featuring work Gilman created during her 2011 MacDowell residency, the show will run through March 23rd. Gilman, who creates large works on paper, artist books, and installations, uses text and drawing to explore emotional terrain and issues that confront us daily, from the mundane to the accidental. Gilman will follow Paper Line Edit with a showing of her project The Jolly Balance at The Center for Book Arts in New York in April.




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