Mary Judge, Urformen: Past and Present

June 9 – 12, 2010

Press Release

Shearburn Gallery presents new three-dimensional works by  New York based artist Mary Judge. Best known for her powdered pigment drawing and sculpture in cast concrete, here the artist will present granite and limestone sculptures based on botanical forms. This work spins off from the sculpture bench designed for the Japanese Garden of the Moussouri Botanical Garden, dedicated to Courtney Bean Obata to be dedicated in June 2010.

The title of the exhibition “Urforem” ( meaning archtype) is the title of a book published by Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) a German instructor of sculpture who used his remarkable photographs of plant studies to educate his students about design elements in nature.

Judge’s work is about transformation through repetition and the border between image and object.  Her works are sensual and easy to access but complex and invite contemplation.  Her drawings, prints and sculptures use a modular structure format that both constrains and liberates the work. Often beginning with a central point, her most recent work explores the emotive power of the circle.
Past exhibitions include: Solo/Two person exhibitions: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: Iride, Spazio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Perugia, Italy. Group Exhibitions: Bard College; The Drawing Center, Knoedler and Company, Kristen Frederick Gallery, NYC. Collections: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, US Embassy Kazakastan, the Fogg Museum and the  British and  Victoria and Albert Museums, London.  Awards: Dieu Donne Workspace, Pollock-Krasner, NJCA Fellowship Grant.

Prints included in “Things in black and gold” were produced at Wildwood Press

These are unique print based works on handmade paper

Black Flowers are water jet cut forms of Amazon Black granite from Brazil.

Gold/Ochre Flowers are water jet cut forms of Kasota Limestone quarried in the US.