We are pleased to announce Familiar to Millions, an exhibition of new work by Heather McGill. There will be a reception on Friday, April 7th, from 5 - 8 pm.
Heather McGill's sculptural compositions are intricate composites of pattern, selected and reconstructed from diverse source material. Each piece is a technicolor abstraction, comprised of laser cut acrylic and brightly painted paper, layered and hand-stitched in a process reminiscent of quilting. McGill's work is concerned primarily with the study and manipulation of line: carving discrete geometric paths, outlining biomorphic shapes, overlapping and intersecting designs to create new forms.
Familiar to Millions is a selection of recent work from McGill's ongoing series that draws distinct elements from science, industry, and history. Within the thicket of visual information she presents with each piece, one might discover an astrophysicist's speculations of distant landscapes; lace and floral patterns found on textiles in a local fabric store; visualizations of magnetic fields; the curling details of vintage car pinstripes. McGill's finesse with color and line are demonstrated in her ability to assemble these disparate images into synergic reconfigurations that transcend their origins.
Heather McGill is a Michigan-based artist who received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally, most recently the David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and the Jaffe-Friede Gallery at Dartmouth College, with an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI. She has received several awards for her work, including the Kresge Artist Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, and is included in a number of public and private collections, including the Hood Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Gallery, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts. She currently serves as head of the sculpture department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.