VAIL - Today and Friday Galerie Zuger in Vail presents the innovative artwork of Ingrid Dee Magidson. Magidson, a Colorado artist, has been showing her work for more than five years.
In that short time, she has captured the attention of numerous museums and prominent collectors, including the Smithsonian American Museum, the Whitney, the Hermitage Museum Foundation and art collectors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.
This exhibition, her second at Galerie Zuger Vail, is titled "The Illusion of Time." The artist will attend two receptions - from 3 to 7 p.m. today and again Friday. The exhibition will continue for two weeks.
Magidson mixes modern materials and Renaissance images to capture what she calls "the illusory nature of time."
In the piece "The Butterfly Effect," Magidson presents a beautiful Renaissance woman in a classic pose, but she is ghostly and transparent. One can see through the subject into the layers beneath. Butterflies hover in and around her as if in full flight. Images, musical sheets, antique jewelry and manuscripts can be seen through her. The more the viewer looks, the more is revealed.
To create this floating effect, Magidson uses layers of acrylic, collage and objects in a kind of three dimensional assemblage. As the viewer moves around the artwork, hidden objects reveal themselves and others disappear. It is a kind of reverse illusion; what appears flat is actually three dimensional and the objects that are three dimensional appear flat. Once involved, it is difficult to look away.
Magidson is no stranger to art. Both her parents are artists, as is her identical twin sister. Her husband is an art dealer and writer, whom she met at his art gallery.
"I used to go to museums with my parents as a child," Magidson said. "I never forgot the paintings I saw and wondered how many other beautiful paintings were tucked away in storage that no one would see. Later, as an artist, I decided to bring these paintings and the people they depicted back to life. I couldn't just paint them in an ordinary way that had been done before. So I started playing with modern materials and techniques. Those first exploratory months were the most challenging and darkest times of my life, but I finally had a break-through and it made all those moments worth it."
Galerie Zuger Vail is on the second floor of the Solaris building in the heart of Vail. Call 970-476-5619.