January 8 - February 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8 from 6pm to 8pm
SAMARA Gallery is pleased to present Choros Paintings, the first solo exhibition in Houston by Margaret Garrett. Garrett’s latest series of paintings and collages is named "Choros,” from the Greek word meaning "dance" or "dancing." The central preoccupation of the Choros paintings are their concern with shape and color, how shapes can have a solid, even muscular, form and at the same time convey a sense of bodies in motion. These pieces begin with drawings inspired by dance. Garrett then uses these drawings to find shapes, working and playing with the shapes to make collages, and then from these collages, paintings.
Having dance as her first form of artistic expression, Garrett now views the canvas as her stage and each line as movements across it. Texture, form, and the way that colors interact are all different manifestations of motion, rhythm, and energy. Dorothy Seiberling, the former art editor of Life magazine, wrote “Ms. Garrett has been working miracles in her studio, making visible on canvas and paper what might be called the dance of the universe, with its rhythms and eruptions of energy, immersed in an expansive and luminous space.”
Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, Margaret Garrett currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, New York. Garrett’s work is held in the Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall Museum, and in numerous private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs, including the Parrish Art Museum, the Heckscher Museum, Danese/Corey, the Armory Show, Art Miami, and Texas Contemporary.