E-lite studiogallery opens the curtains to the American contemporary art scene with Light’s architectures, the New Yorker artist Mary Obering' solo exhibition, curated by Marina Pizzarelli. The inauguration will take place on October 31st at 18:30 in the gallery spaces in Lecce, where it will be open until December 3rd 2012.
The gallery of Lecce brings for the first time in the Baroque city one of the highest examples among historicized artists who dedicated their lifework to the abstract painting. In fact Mary Obering's works are part of some of the most worldwide important permanent collections, including museums like the "Museum of fine Arts" in Boston or the "Whitney Museum of American Art" in New York, and private galleries like the "Galerie Frank Elbaz" in Paris or the "John Weber Gallery" in New York.
The exhibition, organized by E-lite studiogallery in collaboration with the Cultural Division of the Municipality of Lecce and with the partecipation of Maison de Créatife, will be introduced with a press conference at MUST, Museo Storico della Città di Lecce on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 11 am. It will follow the preview for press and collectors at E-lite studiogallery. The artist will be present.
"Architetture di Luce" ("Light's architectures") tells the story of a kind of painting which is at one time structure and emotion, in perfect armony with the surrounding environment of the gallery, a strongly bright and with Lecce's typical stones featured environment.
The exhibition presents a captivating way through Obering's art, and its synthesis between the abstract rigour of the American minimalist tradition and the sense of the form, the chromatic sensuality, the love for techniques and materials' affectation inspired by the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance.
More than twenty works - some of which are here displayed for the first time - "like in a polyptych of the 14th century, creating a polyphonic system, a simultaneous perception of the different elements and their connection to form a unit which both comprehends and surpasses them" (M. Pizzarelli). The captivating lights' play and the opaque-bright surfaces relationship are at the basis of the geometric scheme to which the E-lite Studiogallery's Lecce's stones architecture gives a contribute in order to generate a great emotional impact.
The American artist proves once again to be leading an artistic career of high level, which she started more than forty years ago. A visual fascination, an expressive strenght, a vital burst, which, through the fusion between the love for the classical mediterranean form and the minimal alphabet of the recent American tradition, let Obering "lead the visitor by the hand just to let him/her look at things through her enchanted eyes", as Pizzarelli states in her essay on Obering published in the volume "Verso Sud".
Mary Obering was born in Shreveport Louisiana in 1937 and is currently active. She studied at the University of Denver where she received her MFA in 1971. Obering divides her time between New York and Italy. Her work, which combines traditional Renaissance techniques with rigorous formalism, derived from American minimalism art and clearly reflects her peregrinations. Her current works favor the use of egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panels and are a true hybrid of painting and sculpture suggesting an alchemical mystery and imperial elegance all in one. She has been exhibiting around the world since 1971 and is in many important public and private collections i.e. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Museum Fine Arts, Boston , Massachusetts, Muse de Arte, Costa Rica etc.
Through the artistic language E-lite studiogallery aims at representing a sort of cross-roads for creativity and the search for the "self". The place is a 'cultural container' set in Lecce's heart in an ancient building which constitutes the perfect scenery for an innovative project. It aims at promoting the discovery of "talents", at making the works of already well-known artists accessible to the public, and at shaping itself as a theatre of Art, of its forms, colours and shades.
Title: Architetture di luce (Light’s architectures)
Solo exhibition: Mary Obering
Curator: Marina Pizzarelli
Schedule: from 31/10 to 03/12 2012
Opening: Wednsday, October 31st at 6:30 pm | free entrance
Tme and opening days: mon-sat | 9 am – 8 pm | free entrance
Venue: E-lite studiogallery | Corte San Blasio 1c | Lecce
In collaboration with: Municipality of Lecce – Cultural
With the partecipation of: Maison de Créatife
Sponsor: Vestas Hotels & Resort
Mary Obering: www.maryobering.com
Press office: FLPress
©Translation by Valentina Quarta
Corte San Blasio 1c
Lecce, Lecce 73100