Mary Obering, ‘Event, February’, 1987, Marisa Newman Projects

Obering’s paintings are best characterized as geometric abstractions. Since the late 1970s she’s
worked almost exclusively with egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel, like the early
Renaissance masters.

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view works the artist made using this old master
technique to explore the universe in all of its complexity. To create the series, Obering borrowed
from scientific journals she was studying at the time, particularly the linear renderings that
illustrated experiments with particle collisions. These minimalist geometric forms appealed to her
visual sensibilities and the results were more like wall sculptures imbued with all the beauty found
in a religious altarpiece, what Holland Cotter called an imperial elegance when he wrote about the
work in a review of Obering’s exhibition at the Annina Nosei Gallery in the late 1980s.

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