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QUIRK Reception: Mary Scurlock, "Equations"

Join us for a special reception on Thursday, September 12 celebrating our newest Pink Gallery show featuring the work of Richmond artist, Mary Scurlock. Mary's solo exhibition, Equations, will be on view August 29 through October 13.

"Equations presents the most recent mixed media works by artist, Mary Scurlock. Here on paper and panel, vibrant blues settle into warm grays, and earth tones give way to delicate lines that have emerged as the artist instinctively layered collage fragments from daily life into abstract planes of color, line and form. Old letters and discarded papers from her classroom merge and dissolve into color fields and subconscious marks; losing their original context as they become part of a broader summative whole.

Scurlock’s newest work allows us in to a reality that shapes itself. As intuitive processes preserve and reframe fragments of daily life, a balance emerges. The lines blur between past and present, semantics and formalism; evoking the singularity and universality of memory. In a time when paper artifacts are giving way to digital archiving, Scurlock’s work hints at the loss of the tangible connection to the past and the complexity of the act of remembering itself." (Genevieve Dowdy, July 2019)

Mary Scurlock is a painter and mixed media artist who currently lives in Richmond, VA. She teaches in the Center for the Arts and the International Baccalaureate programs in Henrico County Public Schools. She was recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship, 2001, Secondary Art Teacher of the Year for the State of Virginia, 2006 and was a Semi-Finalist in the Bethesda Painting Award, 2010. She was a recipient of the 2012 Surdna Art Teachers Fellowship which allowed her to attend the artist and writers residency La Muse in Southern France. Her work is included in the public collections of the Federal Reserve Bank, B&B Printing, First Market Bank, Media One, Markel Corporation, and Capital One. From 1996 - 2008 she served as an artist member on the board of the non-profit gallery 1708 and, currently, is active on the emeritus board. She has exhibited extensively in both group and solo shows in New York and Richmond.