Portia Munson's solo show, "Little Suns, Hollow Bones", transforms Cross Contemporary Art into a world of flowers, plants, bones and creatures. From brilliant dandelion wallpaper on the walls to magical mandala prints of blossoms and small animal corpses, this exhibition addresses the artist's interest in environmental issues while infusing the gallery with the spirit of spring.
Although a conceptual extension of her 2013 "Reflecting Pool" exhibit at PPOW Gallery in New York City, Portia Munson’s upcoming "Little Suns, Hollow Bones" presents some new imagery derived from the flora and fauna of the Catskills and Hudson Valley region. Munson’s digital scanning of her subjects is a meditative exercise in organizing the chaos of nature as its elements are caught at a moment in time. Choosing flowers that bloom that day in her garden, Munson creates intricate patterns of color and form that, according to Claire Lambe in Roll magazine, “although preserved through the magic of digital technology, are as ephemeral as sand paintings,” and as a reviewer for The New Yorker stated,“(have) a seductive luminosity; each floral element appears to emit light.”
More information about Portia Munson can be found:
Artist’s website: http://portiamunson.
New York Times Article about Portia Munson: http://
Portia Munson's recent Public Arts Project for MTA Arts and Design: http://bit.ly/pmcca01
Portia Munson Review in Roll Online: http://bit.ly/pmcca02About Portia Munson: Portia Munson is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including installation, painting, photography & sculpture. Solo shows include exhibitions at PPOW Gallery, Yoshii Gallery and White Columns in NYC, among others. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada & Europe in such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland; the Kunstahallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark; and in NYC at the New Museum, Ace Gallery, Exit Art, DC Moore Gallery and Affirmation Arts. Ms. Munson has taught at NYU, Yale School of Art, Vassar Collage and SUNY Purchase. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and a MFA from Rutgers. Portia Munson has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Skowhegan, Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown, Art Omi, and others. Her work has been reviewed and written about in many publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Newsweek, Harper’s, USA Today, The New Yorker, Flash Art and Artforum.
Portia Munson "Little Suns, Hollow Bones" Solo Exhibition
May 9-31, 2015
Artist Reception Saturday, May 9, 6-8pm
at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY