Special “Eye” to Watch
first solo in Dallas and at Conduit Gallery through July 2.
Observing Marcelyn’s grouping of hard edge, happy paintings at the 2011 Texas Biennial
followed a month later while attending her opening at Conduit convinced this trained
tried and true “eye” of having found a new Texas talent.
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|Speed, 2010, oil on panel, 71x74 inches
|Like a Chameleon, 2011, oil on panel, 43x48 inches
|Standing out and capturing attention are the voluminous yet caressing sensual shapes
rendered in a “punchy” but subdued, sophisticated color palette, living up to the artist’s
wishes to possess a “strong personality.” The simple and bold purposefully floating shapes
become almost sculptural dimensionally on a flat surface while relating to her associated
playful three-dimensional works made out of paper in the show.
|The liquidity of paint is expertly explored through the process of pouring multiple thin layers,
editing, sanding and repour-ing allowing drips, soiling, and paint to flow beyond established
boundaries. What results is a balance between the freedom-loving forms and establishing a
lush ‘painterly’ ground ‘about paint.’ All of this can be accomplished by Marcelyn’s
“confidence combined with moments of vulnerability.”
|A Pound of Flesh and a Bit of Fooling Around, 2011, oil on panel, 43x48 inches
|Marcelyn, born in 1965, now a Houstonite, received her MFA from the University of Illinois.
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