Northwest Corner, Southeast Light | Mary Temple

• January 14, 2011

A new work in the Light Installation Series 2002 – Present
Opening Thursday, February 3, 2011, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
On view through May 25, 2011

Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned a new installation by New York artist Mary Temple. In her “light installations,” Mary Temple paints directly on walls and floors creating experiential environments in which light and shadows appear to be cast from nearby windows, despite the absence of a natural light source.

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Stand, 2010 ~ Light Installation Series 2002 - Present ~Latex paint on existing architecture ~14 x 52 x 44 feet ~ Hunter College Time Square Gallery ~ Courtesy Mary Temple & Mixed Greens, NYC | Photo by Etienne Fossard

Temple’s virtuoso painting technique not only tricks the eye, but also poetically freezes the ephemeral, fleeting moment of passing time. The opening celebration will take place on Thursday, February 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, and will feature remarks by Mary Temple at 6:00 pm. Complimentary beverages, including ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

I’ve thought about it a lot and I think the only other time you would notice that kind of light and beauty is on a Sunday morning when you are having coffee. You are relaxed, you have time to notice, and your brain will actually let you notice that. You are in a different state; your body and your mind associate that image with the feeling of, ‘It’s my day off.’ To be able to create a couple minutes of that for someone is important to me.

Mary Temple

+ For more information, please visit http://ricegallery.org/

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Southwest Corner and 3 Pillars, North Light (detail), 2006 ~ Light Installation Series 2002 - Present ~ Latex paint on existing architecture Spans 70 feet University Museum at Albany, NY ~ Courtesy Mary Temple and Mixed Greens, NYC

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Extended Afternoon, Phase 3, (detail) 2005 ~ Light Installation Series 2002 - Present ~ Latex paint on existing architecture, hardwood planks, wood stain, varnish 17 x 24 x 23.5 feet ~ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT ~ Courtesy Mary Temple and Mixed Greens, NYC

+ About Mary Temple

Mary Temple received a BFA and MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her work has been shown in recent group exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, and Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington.

In 2010, she was the recipient of a Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship. Mary Temple lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

+ All images courtesy Mary Temple & Mixed Greens, NYC

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