Jul 182011

This is the press release sent out by the State of the Art Gallery about my upcoming show:

Brackish ShoreMary Schuler’s colorful, expressive paintings at State of the Art draw from issues we face at our time in history as well as the more timeless genre of landscape painting.  In her show titled “Emergence,” she links nature to civilization, the countryside to the city.  She says:  “Several paintings in the show suggest the implications of global climate change and natural disasters, and in others, the liberal application of paint and vivid use of color, texture, and abstraction, derive from a sense of place.   In contrast, subject matter in the simpler, more textured paintings, the sea, for example, with rolling waves, the sky and puffy clouds,  the splashy waterfalls,  seek  to evoke positive  emotions,  and to provide the viewer with something to feel and think about when looking at the work on the wall.
“Color is the most important thing when I am painting.  I often exaggerate a color to emphasize emotion. My medium is acrylic and my style and techniques are evolving from non-representational, impressionistic compositions to total abstractions, depending on the mood or feeling I want to express.”
Show dates for “Emergence” are August 3 through 28, 2011.  An opening reception for the artist will be held on Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca, Friday, August 5, 5:00-8:00 pm with a wine tasting courtesy of Americana Winery.
Gallery hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.  State of the Art is ADA accessible with curbside parking.


May 232011

. . . about the slow physical disintegration of American cities and the grand exodus to the suburbs following World War II.   Cities shape our identity, our culture and civilization.   Our museums, city halls, post offices, department stores, architecturally- designed office buildings are among our best creative resources.

Cities are back!   It is predicted that by 2050, three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities.   There has always been a tension between cities, as a source of creativity and wealth and the calming, restorative and sustaining essential support of resources required for human existence.   Looking forward, high-rise, affordable apartments, and  smaller living spaces using less energy will be the future, as people want to walk more,  drive less,  move away from shopping malls and return to urban areas.

Several of my paintings are meant to show unexpected destruction of urban and rural areas by natural disasters:  tsunamis, floods, earth quakes, volcanic eruption or global warming, I am painting these abstractions of cities and rural areas to raise awareness, to tap into our creative resources and to re-energize our creative spirits.

May 162011

I’ve been reexamining my own work and shifting my interests in a new direction. There is still a link in many of my new paintings to some kind of representation, but at their heart, these are abstract paintings. You’ll find a lot of them (with a slide-show option) on the “Latest Work” page. Let me know what you think!

If you will be in Ithaca this summer, be sure to join me at the State of the Art Gallery during my solo show August 3-28.