The patina of time is a poetic way of talking about the aged, worn out, collapsed, sagging, and dysfunctional. Dragging a painting down the road is a comic gesture turned dark. Margie Livingston’s original intention was to harm it so that she could explore the rich possibilities of mending.
The enactment provoked irrational associations and behaviors. When a man stopped her and warned her that she’d dropped something, Margie blurted out, “I know, I’m taking it for a walk.” Livingston says that she immediately felt like the Log Lady of Twin Peaks, swamped with embarrassment and shame but also flooded with the recognition of a sensation new to her art practice.
Forgoing the traditional practice of “paint on canvas”, Livingston creates her dragged paintings, or paint objects, from a single sheet of acrylic paint skin stretched over a wood frame. To enable her to pull the weight of a much larger paint object, Livingston sewed a harness based on those worn by body builders for strength training. Dragging around the literal weight of painting is a fitting metaphor for her studio practice goals right now. History lionizes macho gestures, but she’s looking for something more personal: new insights into the mashup of irony, humor, emotional pain, and earnestness that has driven her work over the past eight years.
MARGIE LIVINGSTON: HOLDING IT TOGETHER
Exhibition Dates: April 23 – May 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 6 – 8 PM
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034