Karen Margolis | Scorched

Location: Art on Paper Central Lounge

Art on Paper Fair
March, 2020

Maps offer an implicit promise of providing direction, but more than representing the exterior world, maps symbolize our inner journeys, our hopes, our dreams and even our states of mind.  Collecting both outdated and new maps, I explore the changing landscape of both our external world and internal realms through the arbitrariness of loss and destruction.  Burning holes into maps produce location displacements, but as maps are layered on top of one another passages emerge into new territories and interrupted routes find new connections.  Disparate regions interconnect within mini globes and dense networks of wires integrate into the maps, organizing chaos and unifying fragmentation into fluid, yet compressed space.  Possibilities open for something new to be generated from what was lost.

Karen Margolis' work is exhibited internationally.  She has an upcoming public art installation for the Art on Paper Fair. Currently her work is included in the "Cut up/Cut out" exhibition, traveling to museums throughout the country from 2016 through 2020.  Recent solo exhibitions include Foley Gallery, New York City, K. Imperial Fine Arts, San Francisco and Garis and Hahn in Los Angeles.  In 2018 Margolis completed a public art commission of mosaic panels for the MTA Arts in Transit at the 86 Street subway station, N Line in Brooklyn, NY.  Margolis' work has been exhibited in the Paper Biennial at the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands, Salon Zurcher, Paris, France and in collaboration with M Missoni, New York City, through Garis & Hahn Gallery. Prior exhibitions include Bridgewater University in Massachusetts, Rockland Center for the Arts, The Hunterdon Art Museum, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Parrish Art Museum, the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Weatherspoon Art Museum and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.  Margolis received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998.  She has a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University and a certificate in Microscopy from the New York Microscopical Society.