NEW YORK, NY — Monica King Contemporary is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in NYC of new work by Mallory Page, SUB ROSA, from November 14 through December 12, 2020. The presentation features a range of earth-toned, corporeal paintings that the artist created primarily postpartum, which convey the power of the artist’s awakening to a new consciousness.
Page’s work possesses a sense of ethereality, created through her diaphanous layering of acrylic paint that subtly challenging gender norms as the artist juxtaposes pale palettes and soft-edged forms long considered to be “feminine,” with commanding larger-scale compositions and bold use of space, which would traditionally be considered “masculine.” This tension in SUB ROSA brings forward a woman’s inherent power to heal, protect, and create life– as much as Page brings forth the same in these paintings. The amorphic forms, fluid lines, and bodily (rose) color palette of her works evoke the sheltering comfort of the womb, and perhaps the idea of a similar consolation we seek as adults in an at times difficult world.
In the last year, the symbol of the rose began to reveal itself to Page: in mysterious scents encountered in waking moments, in her labyrinthian walks, and in art. The rose is symbolic of the goddess Aphrodite (Venus). Her son Eros (Cupid) gave a rose to the God of Silence in gratitude for his discretion concerning his mother’s illicit relations. The flower, with its unfolding petals denoting the womb from where life emerges, is symbolic of 'The Divine Feminine' (i.e., Goddess worship), a spiritual and philosophical movement toward a collective awakening to powerful energies intrinsic to the feminine half of the human psyche, which is necessary to make humanity whole. Likewise, Page felt at the precipice of a psychic transformation to understand her own consciousness, one that would require an awakening, which could only occur through an initiation, incubation, and birthing period. Silence is necessary to the flowering process from which one’s complete and true self is revealed. So, Page quietly immersed herself in feminist literature and, notably, her experiences towards motherhood. She emerged from this meditative state with the moment of clarity she was yearning for to paint the purest vision possible -- to create under the rose, SUB ROSA.
The gallery will host an open house on Saturday, November 14th from 11 AM – 7 PM.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mallory Page (b. 1983) is a New Orleans-based artist working in large-scale, thinly-layered, and meticulously-rendered monochromatic paintings. Her enveloping works, each rendered in a soft hue, call attention to the delicate color palette in which they are rendered only to vigorously complicate and question any designation of that dreamlike palette as “feminine.” Page was raised in southwest Louisiana, a region with a vibrant culture, distinctive geographical landscape, and deeply-ingrained social structures. Her work subtly and abstractly engages with this heritage, as well as with the questions that arise from acute self-awareness — i.e. the position of an independent woman and artist within a continuingly traditional social terrain. Notably, Page’s practice is informed by the legacies of first- and second-generation abstract expressionists (Agnes Martin, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keefe) who explored similar questions of space/place and identity through abstraction, repetition, and process. The artist has been featured in Whitewall, Vogue, Domino, and Cultured, among other publications. Page completed a residency at Anderson Ranch in the fall of 2019. Lydia Fenet, Author and Global Head of Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s, recently named Page as her ‘favorite new artist,’ on Artnet. Page’s work is included in numerous private and public collections. The artist established her most recent studio on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, just 30 minutes outside of New Orleans, in a mid-century modern dwelling with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the Louisiana landscape.
ABOUT MONICA KING CONTEMPORAR Y
Monica King Contemporary was opened by gallerist Monica King in fall of 2019 at 39 Lispenard Street in Tribeca. The gallery program, headed by the 17-year art world veteran is dedicated to an unwavering vision of equally supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists in a manner that both builds and continues to nourish individual artist careers; encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity and joy; and celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls. Since opening last September, Monica King Contemporary has been featured in Artforum, Artnet, ARTnews, the Art Newspaper, the Observer, and Whitewall among others.
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