Garis & Hahn is pleased to announce Garden of Mutei, an exhibition of new
compositions by Karen Margolis, on view March 24 through April 28, 2018. The
exhibition marks Margolis's solo debut with the gallery featuring new works from the
artist’s “Integration” series, her largest compositions to date, and a new installation
made from unraveled woven sculptures. There will be an opening reception at Garis &
Hahn, located at 1820 Industrial Street, on Saturday, March 24 from 5-8pm.
The exhibition title, Garden of Mutei, refers to a starting point of emptiness from which
form can emerge. Margolis cultivates her compositions from this undefined space,
weaving ephemeral thoughts and ideas into tapestries of brilliant colors. The circle
recurs throughout her works as the artist’s primary means of communication, the
embodiment of infinity and perfection and in her reinterpretating of positive and negative
In the “Integration” series, Margolis burns holes into Abaca paper in an act of elimination
that she balances by painting as well as sewing map fragments into the paper. The
artist’s latest works are scaled to over double the size of her first “Integration”
compositions, incorporating a wider set of colors and dense concentrations of thread.
The threadwork gives the appearance of coming together while also seemingly falling
apart, two directly opposed notions which reference destruction and creation, an
intrinsic characteristic of her work.
Simultaneously, the works can be read as intense psychological portraits: a translation
of meaning into visual patterns. In each of the works, Margolis references a color chart
that she created, in which each color variation is representative of a designated
emotion. Utilizing this code, Margolis records personal feelings and interior monologues
into her artistic compositions as a chronicle of the organized chaos of operations inside
the mind. In this way, Margolis imbues the composition with meaning, as well as
encrypting it to obfuscate comprehension.