MONYA ROWE GALLERY
4 Rohde Avenue
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904 217 0637
For Immediate Release
May 11 – July 24, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 11, 6 - 8 PM
“The text can be read forward or backward, lose its sense and find it again in many versions, in a thousand alternatives. Because the text of spring is marked by hints, ellipses, lines dotted on an empty azure, and because the gaps between the syllables are filled by the frivolous guesses and surmises of birds…” - Excerpt from Spring (1934), Bruno Schulz
In Animal Print, Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin continues to explore the close relationship between drawing and collage in this new series of cut paper works. In contrast to these dense works, the exhibition will also feature a wall of thirty small whimsical gouache and ink drawings depicting a range of insects and mammals. The gestural nature of the drawings compliments the obsessive cut paper works.
The patterns in Bowdoin‘s meticulous formal constructions reference the natural world, this time from reptilian patterns to flower petals and leaves. Within these abstract constructions lies transcribed text from Bruni Schulz’s (1892 – 1942) short story titled Spring. Like the novella, Bowdoin’s work is surreal and suggestive. Shapes hint at oceanic forms amid a reoccurring mask-like motif. Faces and heads (of what?) are camouflaged within indicating some presence. The text, purposely illegible at times, adds a layer of confusion and intrigue. The idea of literature and the natural world layered together suggest a deeper force.
That play of pattern and disorder are at the core of Bowdoin’s work. Each layer collapses into chaos only to return to order. In Roberto Bolaño’s 1996 short novel, Distant Star, Bruno Schulz’s writing is described by the protagonist: “I was reading, but the words were passing by like incomprehensible beetles, busy in an enigmatic world”.
Natasha Bowdoin received a MFA from Tyler School of Art, PA, a BA and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Brandeis University, MA, and has also completed studies at Slade School of Art, London. She completed a residency at The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX from 2008-2010 and has been awarded residencies at the Roswell AIR Program, NM (2013) and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE (2012). Bowdoin is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2007). Her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Savannah College of Art and Design Museum (SCAD), GA in 2015. Recent group exhibitions include Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK (catalog essay by Michelle Grabner); the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME and Monya Rowe Gallery. Bowdoin lives and works in Houston, TX. This is her third solo exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery.
Monday - Wednesday: by appointment
Thursday – Saturday: Noon – 6PM
Sunday: Noon - 5 PM
The gallery is open by appointment only for the month of August.
Amy Lincoln, September 14 – December 18
Image: Natasha Bowdoin,
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