Mary Iverson @ Park Life, 1/22January 7th, 2010
Opening Reception – Friday Jan. 22nd. 7-10 pm
Park Life is pleased to announce our inaugural show for the New Year, featuring the work of Mary Iverson. The show will consist of smaller mixed media pieces on wood and larger oil paintings on canvas. The show will open on Friday, January 22nd and will run through February
Mary Iverson initially studied as a plein air painter focusing on wildlife at the Port of Seattle. Gradually the focus of her work began to gravitate towards the geometric and colorful aspects of shipping containers and the shipping industry as a whole.
In Iverson’s current body of work, she has appropriated beautiful nature scenes as backgrounds for her compositions. In some of the work she has taken pages directly from environmental magazines. This “stealing” of images from magazines is the artist’s response to how industry takes natural resources for their gain. In these compositions Iverson places perspective lines and containers directly on top of these beautiful scenes of nature. At first glance the viewer is taken in by these lovely landscapes. Even the containers add beauty to the scenes with their colorful and geometric forms. But when you look deeper into the work you realize that there is nothing beautiful about the direct invasion of industry and its related and damaging detritus. You then begin to question the impact of large scale commerce to our environment and ultimately ourselves.
Mary Iverson is based in Seattle Washington. Most recently she was part of the exhibit “Representing Abstraction” at The Museum of Northwest Art. Along with her museum and gallery work she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Skagit Valley College. This exhibit marks her first showing in San Francisco.