Ordinary Time

January 19 - April 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19th, 5-7pm
Curated by Stephanie Walker, Walker Contemporary


This two-person exhibition features the work of Maine-based painter Grace DeGennaro and the kinetic sculpture of Boston-based artist Anne Lilly. These artists elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary by working with engineering and geometry to create fluidity and beauty.

Ordinary Time refers to two periods in the liturgical year in the Catholic church that are not “ordinary” as one might imagine in the sense of common or uninteresting. Ordinary here comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which simply refers to the numbers in a series or how we might order something.

Ordinary Time, the exhibition, refers to the ordering of nature and time, movement, man and machine based on patterns informed by geometry & mathematics, an ordering we don’t necessarily see.

Featuring the paintings of Maine-based painter Grace DeGennaro and kinetic sculpture of Boston-based artist Anne Lilly, Ordinary Time is an exhibition that reveals there is a structure at work, although one that perhaps is not as straightforward as one might like to believe. Both DeGennaro’s and Lilly’s work helps us become aware of negative spaces, the spaces in-between highlighting the layers upon layers of patterns, shapes and forms that are a result in the “empty” spaces. It is an exhibition in which the unseen becomes as important as the seen, where the counting of time is revealed not in a linear fashion but in multiple dimensions.

Lilly’s newest piece “To See” takes the investigation of this way of understanding out of the ethereal realm and applies it to the human experience, specifically to ego, to what we see as our own boundaries, of what defines us each as individuals and in the end finds, that perhaps what is unseen informs us even more so than the seen. 


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Anne Lilly

In 2013, Lilly received the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was named a 2014 visiting artist at MIT, 2012 artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Boston, and was awarded the 2011 Blanche E. Colman Grant. She has created artworks for a year-long exhibition of kinetic art at the MIT Museum, the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, the City of Boston’s ParkArts program, and the Fort Point Public Arts Series. Her work was included in the 2007 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, has been collected by the DeCordova Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and is held in corporate and private collections internationally. Through competitive selection in 2005 she was awarded a public commission for a permanent sculpture on the Boston Harbor, and the Boston Globe named her 2003 FPAC exhibition one of the ten best exhibits of the year.

Lilly holds a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech, and has taught at MIT, Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, the DeCordova School, and Maud Morgan Arts. In a project funded by the NEA, from 2005 to 2007 she collaborated with the DeCordova Museum’s education department to develop and administer an annual institute for teachers, using kinetic sculpture to link the instruction of art and science in middle and high schools. Ms. Lilly is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY, Rice/Polak Gallery, Will Baczek Fine Arts, and Watson Gallery.

Grace DeGennaro

Grace DeGennaro is a painter whose work is informed by the study of ancient uses of pattern, symmetry, and iconic symbolism in traditional forms such as Byzantine mosaics and Indian Tantra Drawings. Her work has been exhibited in New York and New England, at the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME, the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY and The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She has also internationally including at the American Embassy in both Tanzania, Africa, and Doha, Qatar. 

Grace DeGennaro received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Skidmore college. She is the recipient of grants fromt he Catwalk Institute, NY, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. DeGennaro was a Studio Instructor in the Maine College of Art MFA Program from 1998-2002. Ms. DeGennaro is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY and the Kentler International Drawing Space.

 

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