Gallery Exhibition from November 2013

Sunk features two series of works from Seattle based artist Mary Iverson that investigate the clash between globalization and the environment. Iverson explains, "the capitalist system wagers the needs of a growing population against the stress the environment can bear. My work raises questions about the ultimate destination for all of this growth."

The first series of oil paintings on canvas, set in the Yosemite National Park, depicts images of container ships as they collide with park scenes in surreal, post-apocalyptic scenarios. Iverson begins with pristine landscapes rendered in the style of Moran and Bierstadt, two influential luminist painters of the American West. These sweeping panoramas are overlaid with an intricate network of lines, obscuring the majestic vistas. Shipping containers and wrecked container ships are tangled in the snare of this geometric net, leaving the viewer as a witness to the aftermath of an enormous, imagined catastrophe.

A second series, in collage and paint, explores the rising sea levels in cities around the world. Iverson begins with photographs cut from travel magazines, environmental magazines, and glossy wall calendars. These sources provide consumers with the fantasy of travel, the illusion of environmental protection, and the appearance of serenity that set up the perfect irony of the finished paintings. Appropriating these images and "ruining" them with painted layers of flooding, the metaphoric shipping containers, cargo ships and lines, allows Iverson the opportunity to parody their intended purpose and deliver a message of concern for our increasingly fragile environment.

Made possible in part through an Artist Trust GAP Grant

Works from Mary Iverson's exhibition Sunk were also featured in a joint exhibition in December 2013, with Dane Youngren : Progress and Sacrifice. See works from Dane Youngren - CLICK HERE.


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