Rizzio, Bok, Brady

Besides the Carl Little curated "Wish You Were Here", there are two more shows in Midcoast Maine that, had I more time during my end-of-May visit, I would have loved to see. 

Margaret Rizzio's first solo show at Dowling Walsh has been extended through this month. Go see her colorful assemblages of "perfect woman" ephemera pop against the dark walls the gallery created to highlight her work. Margaret is a great friend and pop-up conspirator whose work I truly enjoy. Her mail art subscriptions make the best gifts!

Painting power-couple Gideon Bok and Meghan Brady have works on show at Perimeter Gallery (located in Chase's Daily in Belfast) through July 3rd. Please, go and see this "Two Part Invention" for me. I am a huge fan of Brady's subtle and precise color work! From the press release:

In one sense, the two artists--who are married and raising a family together in midcoast Maine—work at opposite ends of the painting spectrum.  Bok obsessively observes the migration of light and objects in his cluttered studio building, carving out simultaneous but often-conflicting records of time and space.  Brady’s abstract work fuses raw painterly gesture with geometric elements, making use of the friction between order and chaos, symmetry and asymmetry, transparency and opacity. 

However, both artists share an appreciation for the physicality of paint itself, and both navigate a path between balancing and unbalancing.  Whether it’s Brady’s abstract forms repeating and shifting in unexpected ways, or Bok’s description of interior space and its occupants from multiple angles all at once, the result for the viewer is the pleasurable experience of becoming oriented within something that might not immediately make sense.

Margaret Rizzio,  Blended Mint and Molasses , mixed media, 2016

Margaret Rizzio, Blended Mint and Molasses, mixed media, 2016

Gideon Bok,  Another Green World , oil on linen, 2015

Gideon Bok, Another Green World, oil on linen, 2015

Meghan Brady,  Tussle , oil on canvas 2016

Meghan Brady, Tussle, oil on canvas 2016