511 Gallery is pleased to present the work of Karen Margolis in her solo exhibition, APOPHENIA. Basing her work on both the microscopic and macroscopic worlds of biology, cosmology, physics and psychology, Margolis diagrams her personal notion of the universal.
The exhibition, APOPHENIA, consists of a group of small delicate drawings juxtaposed by a large hanging sculpture installation. Margolis plays with the idea of contrasts, using as her subject the relationship between the infinite world of String Theory and the intimate experience of emotions. She weaves these unobservable phenomena into a visual compendium of thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Her work is primarily interested in connecting patterns between diverse and many times incongruous events to present perverse navigational systems, one’s that divulge no routes or directions through life’s circuitous path.
The sculpture installation, Flight, is created from Calabai-Yau spaces, part of a larger sculpture that was created during her residency at Dieu Donne Papermill and exhibited at the Aldrich Museum’s PAPER show. Here Margolis invented a concrete presence for a multidimensional space that can only be known through a mathematical equation. The choreography of the piece in its current manifestation suggests the involuntary response to fear that inhabits all living beings.
Compositions on paper, like Maelstrom, represent mappings of Margolis’ interior feelings. She translates the activity in her mind into colored dots using a standardized color chart which enables her to document her recurring patterns of emotions. The media in which Margolis works include watercolor, gouache and graphite on Abaca paper. She also uses thread and sutures to attach mementos of her interactions with the outside world during her process of creation.
Karen Margolis received a BS at Colorado State University where she focused in Psychology and Visual Arts. Continuing to juggle both art and science, Karen worked at the Art Student’s League and obtained a certificate in Microscopy from the New York Microscopical Society. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at “The Armory Show” through Dieu Donne, New York City and “PAPER” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT among others. Her work is found in collections at Pfizer, Inc. and the Hood Museum of Art. She has also been the recipient of “The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant” and Dieu Donne Workspace Program. The artist currently works and lives in New York.