A veteran of protest and social commentary through art since the 70’s, M. Louise Stanley uses humor to draw attention to a wide range of issues that are truly no laughing matter. Tying together classical references, sly inferences and very human responses her work has long addressed injustices, inequalities and daunting tragedies that resonate with current social media taglines like Me Too, No More and Never Again.
Stanley paints in the tradition of history and narrative painting, documenting contemporary and fictitious events using myth and allegory. Under her wry scrutiny, the foibles of our society and mores are examined. Recent exhibitions in the Bay Area have highlighted the breadth of her practice. Multiple iterations on her favorite themes range from large scale works to expansive and intensive journals to midsize explorations, each nuance adding to the scope of the work.
In recent months Stanley has joined forces with friends and artists putting their talents to work in protest at the Women’s Marches, Climate March, Gun Violence March and more. While protest is only a small part of activism, it serves to demonstrate the solidarity of those working toward responsive change and energize the effort. Transmission Gallery presents work by M. Louise Stanley and protest poster art by M. Louise Stanley and friends Gael Fitzmaurice, Archana Horsting, Susan Landauer, Therese Lehaie, Linda MacDonald and Susan R. Stanley in recognition and support of equal rights for all persons and a safe and sustainable climate for generations to come.
Friends include a talented group: painters Gael Fitzmaurice and Linda McDonald, with many exhibitions to their credit; sculptor, Therese Lehaie, whose light infused works include multiple public installations; Archana Horsting, printmaker, cofounder and executive director at Kala Art Institute; art scholar, curator and writer, Susan Landauer and sister in creative endeavor, Susan R. Stanley.
M. Louise Stanley was born in Charleston, W. Virginia and lives in Emeryville, California.
M. Louise Stanley and Friends: No Laughing Matter
Exhibition Dates: August 2 – September 21
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 6pm -9pm
Artist’s Talk/Gallery Walk Through: Saturday, September 14th, 2 pm
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Oakland, CA 94612