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MARY JUDGE: Pop-Oculus

16 Wilson Avenue, ground floor
January 28 - February 20, 2011
Reception: Friday, January 28, 6 - 9 PM
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STOREFRONT (16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick) will present new works by MARY JUDGE. This exhibition marks the first solo exhibition in New York of the artist’s work in two years. The exhibition will feature new works on paper created through the artist’s unique layering of powdered pigment and use of stencils. Also on exhibition will be a new cast concrete sculpture and an 11’ wall drawing. An opening reception for the artist will be held Friday, January 28 from 6-9PM. Storefront is open weekends 1-6PM or by appointment by calling 646-361-8512. For more information visit

Mary Judge has long been recognized for her work that explores transformation through repetition and the boundary between image and object. Through her subtle and unique ‘mark making’, by way of automatic drawing and structured patterns of concentric circles, the artist has devised and refined a personal vocabulary to execute her drawings, prints, and sculpture. Judge’s imagery is developed in close contact with nature and her exploration worldwide including Italy and a recent residency in Turkey. “Pop-Oculus” continues her powdered pigment drawings using perforated and cut stencils. Focusing on the “oculus”, or center opening, pigments are laid down in veils to form crisp, punctured, vibrating space that is both graphic and mysterious. For her new exhibition at Storefront, Judge proposes dynamic visionary works that fuse color with post-minimal and pop iconography.

“Judge’s work, balances the abstract and the material with a grace and depth that distinguishes it from recent trends in dematerialized post-structuralist work,” writes Winifred Elysse Newman, “Her work engages the physicality of making and the ritualized images of myth without abandoning the intellectual work of post-war minimalism. Similar to Giorgio Morandi’s obsession with the space between, her work concentrates on the physicality of making through repetitive gesture. Judge’s mastery of technique is equally matched to the conceptual formulation of her approach. Her work delves into the fundamental, and arguably, evolutionary inheritance of the artistic gesture as an expression of a social psyche.”

Mary Judge’s work is in the collections of The Fogg Museum Harvard University,Cambridge, MA; The British Museum, London, UK; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK;The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The Allen Memorial Museum of Art, Oberlin, OH; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and a recently dedicated permanent sculpture for the Missouri Botanical Garden among others. For more information on Mary Judge visit:

ALSO, ON EXHIBIT IN THE BACKROOM @ STOREFRONT: WAVELENGTH: new work by Judith Braun, Maureen McQuillan, and Susanna Starr.

STOREFRONT was started by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown. It is Bushwick’s leading gallery presenting both emerging young talent and established historically significant artists. Its exhibition program has been the featured in ARTNET MAGAZINE, THE CITYist, TIME OUT NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, NEW YORK PRESS, NEW YORK POST, THE NEW CRITERION, L MAGAZINE, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, WNYC, and written about locally including BUSHWICKBK, GREENPOINT GAZETTE, WILLIAMSBURG GREENPOINT NEWS + ARTS.

HOURS: Weekends 1:00-6:00PM or by appointment 646-361-8512.

DIRECTIONS: L train to Brooklyn, Morgan Avenue Stop. Walk four blocks on Morgan to Flushing Avenue. Cross Flushing Avenue to Wilson Avenue. The gallery is located between Noll and George Streets.
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