Los Angeles-based artist Megan Whitmarsh recently opened her third solo show at New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood. The exhibition gets its title, Here Comes Purple, from a hand-sewn tube of purple paint. I’m a fan of Whitmarsh’s replicas of office and art supplies.
Here’s what the gallery says:
Working primarily in textiles, her re-fabrication of cultural and personal ephemera results in a rueful yet bold kind of Pop art. Whitmarsh seeks to make her process seen in the work itself. A process that views failure and success as coexistent. Her work acknowledges the repetitiveness of culture yet still finds a compulsion to create, to be original, and to seek meaning; even if this meaning is arbitrary, personal or constantly shifting. The work is both a window opening onto these questions and evidence of her compulsions.
I like that bit about viewing failure and success as coexistent. Perhaps that’s a healthier viewpoint than fixating on one or the other.
Whitmarsh describes her work as: “an organizing of cultural and personal ephemera which is my reckoning of the overwhelming yet compelling aspects of the universe. I want to make ‘new’ things which admit their history. New to myself and new to the world if possible.”
Here Comes Purple will be on view at New Image Art Gallery through October 20th, 2012. The gallery also has a large body of Whitmarsh’s work available for inquiry online here.
Click through for An Apocalyptic Dream and a few more pieces.
[photos via Paper Mag and @angeliquegroh]