Martee Levi - Artist

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The Marina Gallery is pleased to announce :
“Color/Collage” an exhibition of exciting new works by Martee Levi.

In her work, Martee explores the infinite variety of form and color in surprising and exuberant combinations. Martee draws her themes from many sources, including the landscapes of the Hudson Valley and the intricate complexities found in ancient Coptic weavings. She sees herself as an “exuberant colorist,” a description borne out by the works’ many tones and shades--the deep ochre of Earth’s clays, the varied blues present in ocean and sky, and the greens of spring--that burst from the surface of her collages.
 
Martee describes herself as an artist with a mission. She states, “I see my work as celebrating life and its many varying possibilities.” Martee finds inspiration in the works of Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cezanne, and Kurt Schwitters. However, there are also unique qualities in her work, that draw from her Native American heritage, an earlier career as a jazz dancer, and her love of all forms of music.
 
Her works have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and universities, both in the United Sates and in Europe. Noted art critic Roger Lipsey describes Martee’s works as “complex, quietly dynamic compositions. These works are of and about our time, but they evoke something else: an archaic world surprisingly native to us all.” 

“Color/Collage” opens with a reception with the artist on Friday, June 7th, from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition is on view from June 7th through June 30th at the Marina Gallery located at 153 Main St. in Cold Spring, NY. 
For more information contact the Marina Gallery at 845-265-2204.
Gallery hours are Thursday -- Sunday from 12-6, but appointments to view the work can be arranged at other times

 

Art Review by Roger Lipsey: Martee Levi - New Work

An exuberant colorist of long experience and honed skill presents a cycle of work in just two or three colors and textures. An exuberant designer of dancing, multidirectional compositions presents work that relies for the most part on rectilinear pattern and steady flows. An artist who values the austere flatness of the collage tradition offers work that sometimes flickers with depth. Martee Levi takes us into a new world of quieter poetry, an adobe world.

Rooted in the School of Paris and now nearly a century old, the collage tradition offers the opportunity to design a world - to create a microcosm whose structures and energies tell us obliquely but unmistakably about our own experience. The pattern of a collage need not be translated into words and often resists, but the viewer can nonetheless take in a delightful or provocative rightness in how everything is arranged. Levi's work can refer beyond itself - to musical rhythms, ancient calligraphies and pictographs, or timeless pueblo villages, and equally to artist-ancestors ranging from Diebenkorn and Klee to Mondrian and Cezanne. But the true test is whether one's eyes and mind, and heart, come to rest in the world of these canvases with a sense of arrival and belonging.

As complex, quietly dynamic compositions, these works are of and about our time. But they evoke something else: an archaic world surprisingly native to us all.

- Roger Lipsey
Author of The spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art (Dove Books, Reissued 2004)