Mary Ann Strandell: The Conversation

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M ARY A NN S TRANDELL The Conversation


SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.221.2626 Catalog design Allison King Cover image Birds with Small Lantern

M ARY A NN S TRANDELL T h e Co nv ersat io n June 4 - August 22, 2020

MARY ANN STRANDELL Artist Statement The Conversation explores Mary Ann Strandell’s evolving relationship between architecture, nature, and chinoiserie, expressed via ink drawings within lenticular prints and oil paintings. She uses these subjects, along with diverse artistic production, to examine a sense of time and place through location and history. Singular themed oil paintings of nature and architecture are presented along with the layered narratives of lenticular media. The Conversation demonstrates a prismatic relationship between these different subjects and medias. The variety of Strandell’s work is captivating, woven through her polyglot style. While she continues the paintings of songbirds that many will find familiar, she adds magnolia blossom and tulip paintings that are framed very tightly as an exuberant expression of spring. These paintings are nature asserting itself in the city. Also included is an architectural structure rising up in the city as an expression of human nature, or the extension of humans in nature. It is in this painting that Strandell grapples with the boundaries of nature and culture. These architecture related works, in both paintings and lenticular prints, play off each other. Both media are pictorial and algorithmic: the paintings are often disassembled and recapitulated into the lenticular media. This is part of The Conversation. For example, two of the architectural lenticular works are of historic Kansas City buildings: Western Auto and Power and Light. Both of these works began as oil on canvas paintings. From these oils, Strandell interweaves the initial drawing of the subject, along with ink studies of the structure of the building when it was under construction. It’s as if the buildings are dreaming their original skeleton, or that the skeleton is imagining its finished state. Each work contains an 18th century porcelain object that acts as a postscript for the markings of trade and commerce. The title of the show comes from Strandell’s works that portray the 1970’s sunken couch called a conversation pit. This starts the collection of objects that make appearances throughout the works. The layered floating references include icons from other eras: a sputnik lamp, 15th century vase, cocktails, kitsch porcelain and modernist light fixtures. Often the lenticulars begin as singular painting, a stylized couch here, a conversation pit there that recede into the backdrop while other collaged images float above.


The Conversation Pit I 2019 3-D Lenticular media 21” x 32” Ed 1/20


West O (Quarantine) 2020 Oil on canvas 48” x 36”


Loose Park (Quarantine) 2020 Oil on canvas 12” x 16”

Bridge/Canada, 2019, oil on canvas, 60” x 48” 9.

Power and Light/Prophet (Quarantine) 2020 3-D Lenticular media 28” x 22” Ed 1/20

West O 2020 3-D Lenticular media 28” x 22” Ed 1/20 11.

Magnolia/Central Park 2019 Oil on canvas 60” x 48”


The Conversation Pit II 2019 3-D Lenticular media 21” x 32” Ed 1/20


Heavy Lifting (Quarantine) 2020 3-D Lenticular Media 18” x 14” Ed 1/20

Eastern Bluebird/Mountain Bluebird (Quarantine) 2020 Oil on canvas 40”x 30” 17.

Map/Avenue 9th and 10th 2016 3-D Lenticular media 42� x 64�


Tulip/Eight 2019 Oil on canvas 40” x 30”


Tulip/Nine 2019 Oil on canvas 40” x 30”

Birds with Small Lantern 2020 Oil on canvas 48” x 36”


MARY ANN STRANDELL - CV EDUCATION 1993 MFA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 1989 MA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 1987 Fellowship Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM 1984 BFA University of South Dakota, Cum laude AWARDS AND HONORS 2017 - Artist In Residence, Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY - Artist In Residence, Menaul International School, Albuquerque, NM 2015 - Sponsorship Award: Moo Publications, Boston Print Biennial, Boston, MA 2014 - Lenticular Printing Lecture, The Print Society of The Nelson Atkins Museum - Visiting Guest Artist, Future Arts Research Lab, Tallahassee, FL 2012 - Visiting Artist, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mpls, MN - The Digital Consortium Panel, Pratt Institute, organized by Digital Arts Dept. - South Dakota Humanities Council Grant . “The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers” 2011 - Nation of Neighbors National Grant. “The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers” 2008 - Art Omi International, Artist in Residence Award - The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship Award 2005 - Transformative Printmaking, Panelist, College Arts Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia 2004 - Alternative Media, Panelist, Southern Graphics Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 2002 - The Katherine Van Meter Sadock Lecture Award, Union College, Schenectady, NY 2001 - NEA Artist Panel Presentations, The American Association of Museums, St. Louis, MO, - Moderated by Sarah Reece Hardy P U B L I C A R T AND C O M M I S S I O N S 2017 - Washington University, Barnes Jewish Medical Center, St. Louis, MO 2017 - Finalist Johnson County Public Art Project, Lenexa Library, KS 2017 - Art in Public Places, New Mexico Arts 2016 - Finalist Johnson County Public Art Project, Monticello Library, KS 2015 - Moving Wall West, Polsinelli Law Firm, Los Angeles 2013 - The Movable Wall, Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City 2010 - Oracle, Sumi Ink and 3D Lenticular Prints, HomeContained PreFab LLC, Kansas City, MO 2005 - Polyglot Stairwell, 3D Lenticular Print Installation, Stowers Medical Research Institution, KC, MO SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 - Constructions and Transmissions, Cliff Young Inc., NY, NY 2017 - The meme Salon, April Price Project Gallery, Albuquerque, NM - Artist in Residence Solo Exhibition, Luanem Gallery, Menaul International School, Albuquerque, NM 2015 - Parallax, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO 2014 - Mary Ann Strandell: Re-Material, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, sponsored by The FunD@CACF 2013 - Mary Ann Strandell, The Cloud, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX - Mary Ann Strandell: Orient Shift, JRB Gallery at The Elms, Oklahoma City, OK 2012 - The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers, The Washington Pavilion for the Arts, Sioux Falls, SD, 2011 - The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers, The Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SD, curated by Mary Maxon. - Lenticular Prints; Mary Ann Strandell, Nicolette Ramirez Projects Beez And Honey, Trinidad 2010 - Mary Ann Strandell: Index of Mediated Spaces guest curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, JRB Art at the Elms, OKC, OK. - The Movable Salon, Byron C. Cohen Fine Arts and off site: House Contained, KC, MO 2009 - Between Plane and Perception, Deborah Colton Fine Art, Houston, TX. 2008 - The Floating Bridge; 3D Print Installation, The String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY. Essay by William Ganis 2007 - Simulation Curve, Byron C. Cohen Fine Arts, Kansas City, MO, in conjunction with The Southern Graphics Conference 2006 - Movable Terrain, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY - The Big Rock Candy Mountain: A 3D Lenticular Installation. Flow Art Fair, Miami, FL: M Percent, Cleve land, OH 2005 - The Moving Wall, Real Form Project Space, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by David Gibson

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 -Strata, Curated by Courtney Wasson, Spiva Arts Center, Joplin, MO. - Afflatus, Group Exhibition, curated by Amy Hill and Suzanne Unrein, Gallery 5-50, Long Island City, NY. - Video Exhibition, Creative Tech Week, 1871 Broadway, NY, NY - PopUp Salon, HAUS 55, 55 Wall Stret, #500, New York, NY. - Armory Week: The Highline Open Studio, Suite 303 Projects, 526 West 26th Street, # 303, NY, NY - KCAI Art and Design Auction, June 1, KCAI, Kansas City, MO. 2018 -EXIST, Curated by Rik Singley, One Art Space Tribeca, NY, NY. December 15, 2018 - January 31, 2019 -In Good Company, April Price Projects Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. December 8 - Jan 31, 2019 -INSIGHT, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO -Multinationals, Museum De Wieger, 5751 WN Deurne, Netherlands, January 21 - May 13 -Preview, Portico Inc. Gallery, New York, NY -Gallery Artists, April Price Projects Gallery, NY, NY. January 31 - April 30 -Postcards From the Edge, Gallery 524, NY, NY -LREI Benefit, The Openhouse Mulberry, NY -The Miniatures, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM CO L L E C T I O N S The Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS The di Rosa Preserve Foundation, Napa, CA The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM The Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR The Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, IL The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, MO New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX Fidelity Inc,. London UK Fidelity Inc. Albuquerque, NM 02 Films Inc, Redondo Beach, CA Vesom Corporation, The Netherlands Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas CIty, MO Polsinelli Law Firm, Los Angeles, CA Polsinelli Law Firm, San Francisco, CA Federal Home Loan Bank, Topeka, KS NYU Medical Center, New York, NY Barnes Jewish Medical Center, St. Louis, MO The K U Medical Center, Kansas City, KS NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, New York, NY Art Omi Collection, New York, NY


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