Fountain Street Gallery is pleased to present Transitions featuring the work of Kay Hartung and Mary Marley. The exhibition includes mixed media experiments with collage, painting and printmaking. Hartung and Marley both create pattern and textures that relate to the natural world. Hartung is fascinated by patterns and the process of layering. Marley’s command of texture and pattern rewards the viewer with an uncommon sense of scale and depth. Each explores how their work transitions into a different narrative—in a hidden world that exists outside of language.
Kay Hartung is fascinated by patterns and the process of layering. In this exhibition she works
primarily with encaustic monotypes and pastel, creating prints rich in color and depth. Rope-like
forms relate metaphorically to our tangled-up world and the complex issues we have faced this
year. They also bear a visual relationship to plant-like forms. The layers of seemingly opposing
patterns evoke conflict but also show that contrasting elements can come together to form new
relationships. Much of this work has reconnected Hartung with her background in textiles and
Mary Marley initiates her abstract works with gestural shapes, splashes, and blocks of color.
She introduces thin layers of paint to let each mark, shape and color inform subsequent visual
choices. Working on several paintings at a time, she rotates pieces to set up visual challenges
within each. The intense addition and subtraction of brushwork, monoprint elements, and cut
paper reveals both disorder and harmony at the border of play and discipline. Her process
moves from freewheeling exploration toward the assertion of control. Her command of texture
and pattern rewards the viewer with an uncommon sense of scale and depth. She presents
structures of composition as environs of newly discovered visions.
The exhibition runs through August 1, 2021.
For more information on the gallery please visit – www.fsfaboston.com