Local Intersections

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Eddies (detail), 2011 Watercolor Pencil, Ink On Paper 39.25" X 49.5" © Courtesy of the Artist and Ruth Bachofner Gallery
Local Intersections

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., G-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
October 22nd, 2011 - November 19th, 2011
Opening: October 22nd, 2011 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Sat 10-6


Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Margaret Griffith. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, October 22, 4-6 PM

For this exhibition, Margaret Griffith produced a series of watercolor ink drawings and a paper installation. In her work, Griffith bends, warps, fractures and otherwise manipulates the grid form to create an array of planar and spatial structures influenced by urban and natural forms. Griffith intricately renders gridded nets, woven into various formations that create a sense of continuous movement. Depending on how the drawings are read, some have a weighty architectural grounding, reminiscent of urban street patterns or latticed structural foundations. Others are thinner, web-like planes that seem malleable and mimic undulating swells of water or other topographies.

The exhibition also includes a paper-based installation, where the artist translates her grid-based work into a three dimensional floor piece. Using large sheets of heavy paper, she cut the paper into patterns that replicate gates found in her Highland Park neighborhood. The ordinary, architectural features are stripped of function and context, and transformed into a riot of undulating grids and swirls.

Griffith’s drawings and installation together re-imagine structural and spatial relationships through the filter of her observations of the urban and natural environment. Impenetrable boundaries are rendered soft and delicate and orderly grids are given a sense of flowing movement to symbolize passages and boundaries in time, space and spirit.