March 25 – May 13, 2010
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, March 25, 5 – 8 pm
W. Hollywood, CA—Sam Lee Gallery in the Blue Building at the Pacific Design Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled Super Natural by Boston-based artist Mary O’Malley. The show opens March 25 and closes May 13, 2010. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, March 25, 5 to 8 p.m.
Super Natural consists of 7 intricate ink on paper drawings that explore the artist’s ongoing fascination with not only nature but also the hybridization of it. Using mostly gold or silver ink on red or black watercolor paper, O’Malley looks at flora and fauna as a starting point but re-invents them into a new and imagined topography. Influenced also by Baroque ornamentation, Victorian decorative arts, textiles patterns, scientific imagery and architecture, O’Malley’s organic structures depicted in her exquisite drawings operate between untamed energy and orderly systems, both at once thriving and mutating, yet undeniably beautiful and feminine.
From afar, Hanging Garden (2008), a 72-by-60 inch silver on black paper drawing, appears like an ornate chandelier; upon further inspection, however, this fantastical structure is a fusion composed of jellyfish, mushrooms, falcons, and twigs interspersed with a Celtic-patterned cord and spindly leaflets asymmetrically floating against a stark background. The viewer is compelled to look further at each element within the construction, as the whole composition defies individual identification. Similarly, in Altar #3 (2010), O’Malley turns what appears to be a floral arrangement on its head and transforms it into a gold cornucopia, complete with expanding pod- and cell-like tendrils pollinated by delicate hybridized insects that are a cross between a moth and a butterfly. In O’Malley’s world, nothing is what it seems.
O’Malley received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. She has had several solo shows on the east coast, but this marks her first solo show with the gallery and in California.
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Sam Lee Gallery at the Pacific Design Center is located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B267, W. Hollywood, CA 90069-5730, Phone 323-788-3535, Facsimile 323-227-0256. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 12 to 5 pm and by appointment. Pacific Design Center is located on the corner of Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard. Metered street and structure parking are available; entrance for the structure parking is located on Melrose Avenue, 1/4 block west of Huntley Drive. The gallery is located on the 2nd floor in the Blue Building. Take the west escalator to the 2nd level; the gallery is to the left next to the Conference Room. For detailed information, please visit the gallery’s website, www.samleegallery.com.