Minneapolis, MN -- Margaret Fitzgerald debuts a new series of oil paintings in her solo exhibition Dialectic at CIRCA Gallery, on view January 11 through February 29, 2020. An opening reception will be held for the show on Saturday, January 11th from 4:00-8:00pm, at which the artist will be present; all are welcome.
In Dialectic, Fitzgerald (Albuquerque, NM) explores urban fabric, history, and growth through highly expressive marks in her palpably textured paintings. The artist draws inspiration—and creates a unique visual language—from observing the subversive, yet beautiful, juxtaposition of graffiti on mundane urban walls and bright colors of growth in the midst of decay. The paintings in this series take on a monumental scale, referential to the urban landscape from which they are derived. Fitzgerald elaborates, “The mark making in this series is frenetic, giving a voice of protest and urgency through the movement across the canvas.”
The work has roots in the styles of mid-century artists such as Twombly’s scrawling, didactic marks; Mitchell’s active painting and color sensibility; and later, a similar motif to Basquiat’s recurrent street-inspired symbols. Fitzgerald takes these into consideration, and creates distinctly contemporary, timely paintings that hold a space of protest balanced with playfulness for the viewer.