Exhibition: Gail Marcus Orlen: Recent Paintings
Dates: October 21st – November 16th 2005
Opening Reception: Fri., October 28th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Gallery,330 South Scott Avenue,in theTemple of Music and Art. The Temple Gallery is managed by Etherton Gallery.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-6 p.m. and prior to performances
Contact: Jerre Johnston 624-7370
With her brightly hued memoirs of things past and present Marcus-Orlen pulls us in, making us participants in the act of viewing and imagining. Known for her longstanding interest in magical, surreal environments, Marcus-Orlen takes the most common household objects: plants, furniture, animals, children’s multi-colored balls, releases them from any gravitational pull, and weaves them into an allegorical narrative of the “familiar-made-strange.” Bound more by ironic association, than their physicality, her juxtapositions of objects, shadowy figures and mannequin forms, charge the domestic environment with the possibility for mystery.
Formal elements include geometric divisions and off-center compositions. Inverted triangles, and picture frames bordered by patterned walls contain the images and create a sense of equanimity for the activity within. Complicate passages intermingle in her still-life’s, mixed fruit cascades in a waterfall of drapes, while in another apples, oranges, and houses perform in a stage like setting, lighted by a vivid palette of complimentary hues. As the real and the imagined muse in Marcus-Orlen’s suggestive realms, her layering of illustration and illusion suggests an enigmatic sense of linkage to the realm of the physical and the fabulous.