Michael Warren Contemporary is pleased to present two concurrent exhibits. "Throw My Ashes Into the Sea" showcases new works by Daisy Patton and "Creative Destruction" is an exhibit of new works by Margaret Lawless."
This is the gallery’s 2nd exhibition of Daisy Patton’s ongoing series “Forgetting is So Long.” Patton collects abandoned photographs and then enlarges them beyond their familiar size, before painting over them. These individual photos and family portraits had been discarded, so when she collects them they are detached from any point of reference, leaving them to straddle the lines between non-existent memory and a suggested identity. By painting over them, Patton draws attention to the essence of being and and re-enlivens them with a newly imagined existence.
Creative destruction is a term used by economists to describe a process of innovation that consequentially replaces previous iterations. Margaret Lawless uses this pattern of building and tearing down as both the process for creating her work and also the subject. Lawless creates for us a snapshot of the conditions of our modern society in which old buildings are replaced by the new, and previously conceived technologies are rendered obsolete by new advances. Margaret Lawless further uses this idea as a methodology for creating her artwork: building one layer on top of another. Lawless collages, draws and paints one layer over another; she then covers over the entire work before beginning a process of sanding it back down to create something entirely new while revealing the old.