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Martha Clippinger

Clippinger Postcard Frontgabi ganai

Curator: Rita Keane

Exhibition: February 6 – March 6, 2015

Reception: February 6, 5:30-7:30pm


Free Admission

The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, gabi ganai, by Martha Clippinger, on view February 6 through March 6, 2015. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment. The artist will deliver a talk on her work in the Korn Gallery at 5pm on February 6.

The term gabi ganai comes from the Zapotec term “around;” this term of motion describes the revolving and repeating visual patterns in Clippinger’s work, her practice of gathering materials, and the way that the viewer is intended to experience the works that echo each other in form. The artist’s recent work has been inspired by her encounters with Zapotec art, language, and culture during a Fulbright fellowship in Oaxaca, Mexico last year.

Clippinger’s work celebrates the expressive possibilities of both painting and sculpture as media; it is sculptural in volume and in the use of materials such as wood and cardboard, but the works equally create meaning and visual interest through painted strokes of bold color and pattern. The works have a remarkable energy and vitality. It is the kind of art that changes as you approach it and as you move around it—as your first impression of bright color and pattern shifts to an appreciation of surfaces on the close-up view. The installation of the works also engages the built environment of the gallery, interacting with windows, wall, and ledges, challenging the viewer to reconsider the traditional relationship between art and its environment.

Clippinger lives and works in Durham, NC. She earned an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, and received her BA in Art History/Visual Arts from Fordham. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and has recently been selected to participate in The Golden Foundation’s Exploratory Residency. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award and a 2013 Fulbright Research Grant. Clippinger’s work has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally and is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York.


For more information please call: (973) 408 – 3758
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