The gallery is pleased to present :
Miranda Updike | Colors of the Crowd
opening reception on Saturday August 4th from 4:00-6:00pm.

‘Lately, my painting has focused more on surface quality and paint texture than on subject. I have been exploring impasto, stains and washes, varnishes and waxes.  With subject, I am drawn to negative spaces and strive to give substance to those voids through the use of color, texture, and contrasting sheen, as I continue to be inspired by the snippets and corners of commonplace domestic vignettes.

Many of my recent paintings are on the subject of crowds.  In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause.  My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation;  People joining together to share ideas, physical space, and sentiments.

Most of these crowd images are viewed from the aerial perspective.  I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement. I'm attracted to the decorative quality of clustered or separated people, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is a loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper - a littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, express a kind of contemporary splendor.’
Miranda Updike
August 2018

Miranda Updike received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she studied with George Nick and Jo Sandman, and an M.Ed from Salem State University.  Her paintings have been the subject of numerous solo shows in Boston and New England and included in many exhibitions across the US.  Updike’s large-scale work has been commissioned for public and private murals, most notably for the Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell MA; and the Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich MA.  Updike was a semi-finalist for the MBTA Silver Line extension @ Downtown Chelsea MA. The artist maintains a studio in Rockport on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

The exhibition continues through August 26, 2018.
Hours: Fri ~ 2-5, Sat & Sun ~ 11-4 and by appointment at:
Miranda Updike – 978-500-9291.
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