Math Art Consulting International Fine Art Consulting • Sales • Installation
...integrating the mathematical and scientific with the creative and artistic.
Karen Margolis

I am attracted to the elegance and simplicity of line and circle. The symbolism of the circle fascinates me and I use all manifestations of its symbolic meaning in my compositions. The Enso, circle of infinity, reflecting both emptiness and fullness, is an integral element in much of my work. I use the open circle of the Enso to connect positive with negative space in order to dissolve boundaries between immateriality and the concrete world.

Maps continue on indefinitely, holding the promise of new beginnings, offering travel to unknown places and new information to learn. I find old, outdated maps and use a soldering iron to burn voids into maps, opening them up so that they can regenerate. Surfaces layered on top of each other create locational displacements. In this way I breathe new life into the maps, giving them a chance to find new places and a new place in this world.

My other works on paper are color coded systems based on the obsessive, mutable chatter of our internal monologues. These works describe the physical basis of emotions by mapping out molecular patterns generated in our brains when we arrive at various states of mind. Color variations articulate shifting moods while black arrangements express mental stasis.

EDUCATION:
Colorado State University, BS Psychology / School of Visual Arts / Parsons School of Design / Art Student’s League / New York Microscopical Society, Certification in Microscopy

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2007 – “Apophenia”, 511 Gallery, New York, NY
2005 – Insistent Ambiguity” APT.3, Brookline, MA
2002 – “Light & Line” Art Sites, 2 person exhibition, Greenport, Long Island
2001 – “Population” Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2009 – “Pierogi flatfiles” upcoming, Temporary Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009 – “ The Armory Show” Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City
2009 – “Bridge Art Fair” DM Contemporary, New York City
2008 – “Works on Paper” 511 Gallery, New York City and Lake Placid NY
2008 – “NEXT: Chicago” Dieu Donne Papermill, Chicago, IL
2008 – “Art Now” DM Contemporary, Miami, FL
2008 – “The Sarah-Ann & Werner H Kramarsky gift of Contemporary American Drawings” Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
2007 – “Drawing Now: An Exploration” DM Contemporary, Long Island, NY
2007 – “Out of Sight” Slate Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 – “Pierogi flatfiling” Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
2007 – “Rocky Mountain Invitational” Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
2007 – “Aporia” L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, California
2007 – “Vacuums” Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey
2006 – “Art on Paper” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2006 – “Fantastic Routes” curated by Alejandra Villasmil, simultaneous exhibitions at Roger Smith Art Lab, New York City and Galeria Galou, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2006 – “Aporia/Heuristics” curated by Annabel Daou and Greta Byrum, EFA gallery, New York City
2006 – “The Armory Show” Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City
2005 – “Structuring Perception” curated by Elizabeth Grady, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn New York
2005 – “Urban Refugee Intervention Initiative” d.u.m.b.o. art festival, Brooklyn New York
2005 – “Drawing Networks: Abstraction and the Scientific” Rowan University Westby gallery, Glassboro, NJ
2004 – “Breathing Space” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York
2004 – “Taxonomy of Synthesis” The Chocolate Factory, Queens, New York
2004 – “Diving into the Details” NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2003 – “Remix” Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York
2003 – “Plastic Gardens” Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York City
2003 – “In the Making: Contemporary Drawings from a Private Collection” Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst
2003 – “Define Line” curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York
2002 – “Paper Remix I” Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City
2002 – “Suspended Gravity” TAI Gallery, New York City
2001 – “PAPER” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
2001 – “RE: DRAWING” Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, New York
1999 – “36th Juried Exhibition” The Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, New York

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:
Wynn Kramarsky
Hood Museum of Art
Pfizer, Inc.
Southern Methodist University
Amerada Hess Corporation

GRANTS, AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS:
2000 – Dieu Donne Workspace Program
1999 – New American Paintings
1999 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Myers, Holly, “Artists are limited only by imagination….” Calenderlive.com 7/20/07
Patterson, Tom, “A Profusion of Pleasure: Size doesn’t matter…”Winston-Salem Journal 12/31/06
Wasserman, Burton, “Out of Tradition at DCCA” Art Matters 10/01
Zimmer, W., “On Paper, a show that measures up” The New York Times 3/18/01
Streitfeld, L.P., “Transformations at The Aldrich” The Advocate & Greenwich Time 2/11/01
Zimmer, W., “The Content Isn’t New But the Processes Are” The New York Times 2/4/01
Merkling, F., “Shows Shine” The News-Times Weekend 2/2/01
Huberty, Erica-Lynn, “The Verdict: Remarkable” The Southhampton Press 12/23/99
Slivka, Rose C.S., “From the Studio” The East Hampton Star 12/9/99