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Upcoming Exhibition:



Uummannaq Folding Screen   2014,  oil on panel,  16" x 72 "
Tundra and Ice
FEBRUARY 4 - APRIL 30, 2016
The Master Gallery
310 Riverside Drive (corner W.103rd St)
New York, NY 10025
 
Opening Reception 7 - 8:30 on Thursday. February. 4.
Gallery talk at 7:30, Riverside Lobby

Recent News:


Children's Home Mural, Uummannaq, Greenland



Completed on September 6, 2015, the mural wraps around two sides of a large shipping container. It can be viewed most directly as one approaches the Children's Home, but is visible from quite a distance.

At the end of my visit to Uummannaq last year, the director of the Children’s Home had asked if I had any interest in painting a mural on a rather disreputable-looking shipping container they passed every day. It proved to be an engrossinging project. At first I considered masking all four sides, but it turned out to be much simpler just to paint directly on the metal. Besides, its grooved metal surface presented a unique challenge. There was only a short time to complete the project, given our schedules and the expected arrival of cold weather in September. I was in Uummannaq exactly four weeks.

I planned to paint the landscape that could be seen from the container, or that the container could see if it had eyes. The scale, the grooves, and the fact that it was something you walked past, made a strict perspective impossible, since it changed whenever I moved. A truck in the foreground either elongated or drastically shortened depending on where I stood. Many elements demanded constant adjustments until they finally seemed plausible. "Just about plausible" was, in fact, the key. The entire process was thrilling – all those almost plausible elements functioning together in a sequence that reflected my own experience of a remarkable place.




Recent exhibitions:

Solo exhibition:

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings
February 24-March 21, 2015
Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W 25th St, NYC

Panel Discussion, March 14 at 5 PM:
“Artists Confronting Climate Change,” Martica Sawin, Moderator

Gallery Talk, March 21 at 2:30 PM







Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present paintings inspired by Marcia Clark's recent visits to Greenland and Iceland. With loose strokes and a new intensity, the artist captures scenes of icebergs clogging Disko Bay. She approaches her subjects from fishing boats as well as from the tundra above. "I keep returning to the Arctic and am captivated by the beauty of what I see" states the artist. "But what was once excitement, as I witnessed the extraordinary and new, holds the poignancy of a moment captured that’s passing away."

Image:
GHOSTLY ICEBERG

oil/canvas, 30" x 40"'

Solo exhibition:

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings: Greenland
June 7-August 31, 2013
Ilulissat Kunstmuseum, Greenland
http://www.ilukunstmus.gl







An exhibition of icescapes painted in the environs of Ilulissat, Oqaatsut and Saqqaq. Clark has been painting the Greenland landscape with a focus on the ice since 2007. Her project complements that of the Danish artist, Emanuel Petersen (1894-1948), whose depictions of Greenlandic light and atmosphere comprise the permanent collection of the museum.

Image:
ICEFIORD WITH MAP

2011 oil over map transfer/canvas 36" x 60 "'
Marcia Clark's repeated visits to the Arctic over a fourteen year period made it increasingly apparent to her that irreversible changes were taking place. Most of us can only know what is happening to our planet by means of statistical reports that are often conflicting. Through the artist's willingness to submerge herself in a harsh and challenging environment and thanks to her consummate but unostentatious artistic powers, we are made to feel not only the thrill of the Arctic experience, but the momentum of change as solid ice dissolves—the glories of the frozen north and the inexorable process of ecological transformation.

A catalogue with an introduction by Martica Sawin accompanies the exhibition:

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings: Greenland

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SBN-13: 978-1484015773
ISBN-10: 1484015770
BISAC: Art / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes
CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4229986



Solo exhibition:


Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Higgins Center for the Arts
Blairstown, NJ 07825

The Arctic: Day into Night

October 23-November 17, 2012


Press release

Image:
SEMINARY OVERLOOK

2011 / oil on Mylar / 43" x 80"'






Marcia Clark's paintings feature Arctic landscapes, visited on journeys to Greenland, Iceland and Arctic Norway. The glaciers, icebergs, and ensuing, detritus convey the very omens that currently haunt us, as she witnesses ice, appearing solid as a mountain, deconstruct, melt, or suddenly vanish. Ice in its fragility and beauty, and the Arctic winter, with its vibrant electrically charged night skies, are the focus of this show, in small studies on aluminum, Mylar and canvas, and larger works incorporating multiple panels and mixed media.


Group exhibitions:

Points of View at Blue Mountain Gallery, December 1 to 22
Points of View II at Fairleigh Dickinson University, November 19 to December 21




Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 St, New York


October 4-29, 2011


Press release
Installation shots
Digital installation




Image:
HARBOR, ILULISSAT

2011 / oil on aluminum / 5" x 8'



 



Group exhibition:
The Reshaped World

Washington Art Assocation
Washington Depot, CT


September 19-October 18, 2009
Reshaped World
               

               

Installation in
Polar Weekend

American Museum
of Natural History


February 7 & 8, 2009
AMNH Installation

               

               
Solo exhibition originating at Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC (February 26 - March 22, 2008)and traveling to The Albany Institute of History and Art (November 15, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
In Search of Ice
Recent Paintings from Travels in the Arctic
               
   
               
Press release
Installation shots
Digitial installation

Marcia Clark’s paintings in this traveling exhibition reflect her recent travels to the Arctic. In 2006 she visited Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago and in 2007 she was in northwest Greenland as artist in residence at the Upernavik Museum. Her focus in this exhibition is on the forever fluctuating, mutating, and transforming nature of the polar ice.

Ice, Iceberg, Baffin Bay, shown above, was painted last spring in Upernavik. “The large iceberg in the distance was there when I arrived,” said Clark, “and seemed as permanent and solid as a mountain until it suddenly disappeared a couple of weeks later.” Another image that remained vivid from her travels was an ice tower which a French visitor referred to as “Notre Dame.” It sat at the entrance to the Jacobshaven Fiord for over a month until it sailed off and was seen in the distance a few hours later, disappearing behind a spit of land.

“For Clark, a world without terrafirma has led her to seek a new language evoking mutable form and shifting spaces.” —Wendy Gittler

Clark is a widely exhibited artist and the recipient of numerous awards. She has a BFA degree in painting from Yale University and a MFA degree from SUNY New Paltz.

               
Panorama review

Article in Panorama Magazine,
Albany Institute of History and Art, Fall 2008

       


Reviews of past exhibitions

Gallery & Studio, September-October, 2011
Times Union, January 1, 2009
Gallery & Studio, April, 2008
Gallery & Studio, September-October, 2003
New York Times, April 19, 2002
Times Union, September 2002
New York Times, August 11, 1995
Art & Antiques, November 1989
Art in America, 1985

       
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