Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Mary Temple

Primarily known for her trompe l’oeil installations, Mary Temple‘s cross-discipline conceptual artworks blur boundaries between painting, sculpture and drawing. Informational spin, false documents, and verisimilitude all play important roles in her practice.

Temple has exhibited her work internationally and throughout the United States. She has completed commissioned projects for solo and group shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA; SculptureCenter, LIC, Queens, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Rice Gallery, Houston, TX; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, NY; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan, among many other institutions. The artist has just completed a public art project for the City of New York’s Percent for Arts program, at the historic landmark preservation site, McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Temple is the recipient of the 2010 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, the 2010 Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, a 2010 and 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Painting, and was NYFA’s Lily Auchincloss Fellow in Painting in 2007.

Mary Temple was born in Arizona, and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1996. 

Here is a video about her work. Also, in the interview, the following Ted talk was mentioned, We should all be feminists and the book of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The other books by her that were mentioned, are Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck and also Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Also, in the interview mentioned Jeff Bergman’s project at Trump tower.

Mary Temple, “Extended Afternoon, Phase 3”, 2005-6, The Aldrich Musuem of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT Acrylic paint on existing architecture, hardwood, stain, urethane, 16.5’ x 24.5’ x 22′
Mary Temple Five of the drawings from the 16-print portfolio documenting Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State—printed in her pantsuit colors. Each print 13” x 16.5” Archival injet on Hahnemuhle paper 2015
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  1. […] Mary Temple has the ability to incorporate all of this into her artwork in the most surprising ways. She can capture a moment and freeze it for all eternity with the stroke of her brush. Her ethereal public art painted on existing architecture preserves the memory of a moment of light. Temple also focuses on the times in which we live, using her art to engage in global political discussion. Her series Currency depicted world leaders in such a way that ranked them according to their ability to achieve progress in matters of world peace. Temple uses time as a dimension in her work. Currency was an up to the minute newsfeed told through hand drawn portraiture, while her public artwork uses light to capture time and hold it still for all to see. […]

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