Internationally renowned artist Maggie Cardelus at the Quogue Library Art Gallery

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Artist reception Saturday, August 6th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Maggie Cardelus (1962) is an American/Spanish artist based in Milano, Italy, but is moving to Paris with her family in September 2012.  For thirty years she and her family have summered in Quogue.

"Art-making," states Cardelus, "inscribes and describes a space of meaning and communication within the everyday that is different only in that it is structured and recognized as an art-like experience, or aimed at producing a visual trace of its happening.  The boundaries between what is everydayness and what is art are constantly blurred in the process, allowing life to yield to what experiences it will offer, and at the same time allowing art-making to work its way into family life with a measure of vitality and function."

Cardelus has concentrated mostly on family snapshots, elaborating on our cultural compulsion to memory-keep.  She has coaxed her album along a path not unlike that of runaway selection, gradually turning her album into a creature of extraordinary proportion and unusual morphology.  She examines and theorizes the unwieldy power of the photographic images, exploiting its seemingly unlimited possibilities as it spills over into sculpture, drawing and video.  She has also, over the last few years, worked with other materials like clay, bread and household paint, approaching them in a photographic way, thinking of them in terms of imprint, instantaneity and reproduction.

Maggie Cardelus earned her Bachelor's degree at Wellesley College (1985), her Master of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, and her MFA at Hunter College in NYC.  Her work is shown internationally in various museums and galleries, such as the MMOMA in Moscow, the 21st Century Museum in Japan, and the Lenbachhaus in Munich.  She teaches undergrad and graduate art in Brescia, Italy, and recently she completed a project designing 8 signature fabrics for the textile company Miroglio in Italy.  This Fall she will attend a residency in India where she will go with her daughter Laura to work with the local rafoogari on a collaborative project.

Art Gallery Committee member Christy Murray is Chairperson of this exhibit which will be on display from August 1st until August 29th.


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