Karen Margolis

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"Before the fall"
"Too close to..."
Artist's Statement

I explore the mind’s architecture, mapping out my thoughts/feelings/memories into molecular patterns evocative of chemical interactions generated in the brain. Charting my interior monologues became a system of translating meaning into pattern. In this way I get beyond individual content and create a universality of the mechanics of the mind through a language of positive and negative forms. I burn holes into material with a soldering iron, creating lattices of voids and shadows. Carved out areas, untouched by these deletions, reveal aggregated masses of discrete colored particles meticulously applied with a paintbrush, each one marking off minute time as well as cyclical patterns of my thinking. Exterior distractions appear in the form of dislocated map fragments entrapped within these webs.


Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:
2009 “The State of All Things” Slate Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Mindscapes - New works by Karen Margolis & Daniel Zeller”, Dieu Donne, New York, NY
2007 “Apophenia” 511 Gallery, New York, NY
2005 “Insistent Ambiguity” APT.3, Brookline, MA
2002 “Light & Line” Art Sites, 2 person exhibition, Greenport, Long Island
2001 “Population” Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 “Pushing Paper” A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC
2010 “Fire Works” Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
“Verge” Slate Gallery, Dylan Hotel, New York, NY
2009 “Drawings” McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
“Pierogi flatfiles” Temporary Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
“The Armory Show” Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY
2008 “Works on Paper” 511 Gallery, New York City and Lake Placid, NY