Sargent Gallery is pleased to present Surface Encounters, a four artist show with new work from multi-media artist Mags Harries, photographer Felicia Murray, landscape oil painter Peter Roux, and ceramicist Lainey Fink Scott. Surface Encounters traverses contrasting surfaces created by four different artists in four different mediums. The surface of the earth and oceans, sea level rise and climate change are the subject of Mags Harries multi media sculpture, installations, and works on paper. Black and white film photography by Felicia Murray reveal layers beyond the surface, with mysterious and delicately detailed images of India, animals and intimate portraits. Dimensional oil paintings of ascending clouds, moving landscapes and saturated trees by Peter Roux exist with vast depth evoked by process, technique, and content. Ceramic vessels, vases and functional pottery by Lainey Fink Scott suggest tactile, coastal rocks and glacial deposits polished by weather and time, she employs multiple clays and glazes to achieve complex surfaces.
Mags Harries’ public art projects have received national recognition and have won many awards. She observes the small things that, like DNA, reveal all that is important to know about a place. She uses surprise and sometimes humor to energize public places and communities. Her early projects Asaroton and Glove Cycle have become icons of the Boston area. Mags frequently designs her work with landscape materials and responds to environmental issues. She has an increasing interest in water and city scale elements of infrastructure, pathways and connections. Many of her temporary projects involve community participation and social action, including: Winding Down the Charles, Speed of Light, and One Legged Table.
Mags teaches courses on sculpture, installation, and public art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo shows at national and international institutions.
Felicia Murray, born in New York City, continues to spend every summer on the Vineyard, a pattern started in infancy with her grandparents in West Chop. She was educated in New York and at university in Lugano, Switzerland and studied photography with Tony Mendoza at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is included in numerous collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), the Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beach) and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Felicia has spent a lifetime discerning the magic of light in her photographs of people, animals and nature. Her travels around the world have afforded her a rich portfolio of images.
"In Felicia Murray’s photographs the sacred is encountered in a nighttime cityscape, in the gestures and expressions of people and animals, as well as in holy places and ceremonies. Dualities like light and darkness, the hallowed and the mundane, time and eternity, combine in her art as they do in life, charged with the aura of primal mystery, where we sense the hush of the divine. " - art critic Tom Breidenbach
Lainey Fink Scott attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, and took a ceramics class. The tactile nature of clay was a refreshing contrast to the many hours spent at the computer. After graduating from RISD, Lainey worked with design firms in NYC and Boston including, iconic designer, Milton Glaser. While her experience with ceramics was love at first touch, she didn't throw for years. When Lainey moved to Martha's Vineyard she began attending a local open studio to get back on the wheel. During the first year of living on the Island, she purchased her own wheel, kiln, tools, glazes, and transformed her basement into a pottery workspace.
Her ceramics business has grown allowing her to hone her focus—creating structurally functional pieces that can be utilized every day.
Nature informs Lainey's work and growing up in the Hudson Valley (NY) provided a constant view of distant mountains, rolling farmland, dense forest, and deep green streams. The inevitable influence of the Vineyard's environment is also ever present in the work. Coastal rocks and glacial deposits polished by weather and time evoke surface textures and glaze palettes. The sea, the sky, and even the flotsam and jetsam, washes ashore in the color, texture and shapes. The work evokes Scandinavian design, with a twist of rustic and clean lines.
Peter Roux- "I am a painter and printmaker living and working in North Carolina. I work primarily in oils, dry media and encaustic. My subjects generally fall into the category of landscape as well as abstraction, but my content is always about our relationship to spaces we move through."
"I like working with landscape as a platform for exploring the processes of contemporary seeing. Paintings of things are, of course, not the things themselves but rather signifiers, explorations of experience. This holds true for visual language in all forms- implied realism to “pure” abstraction.
Our culture, more deeply than any other in history, relates to space through recorded illusions of it- again, through explorations of experience. This shapes how we see."