October 12th - November 3rd, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12th, 7-10 pm
Monte Vista Projects is pleased to announce Perforations, a solo exhibition of recent hand cut paper sculptures and ink drawings that explore geometric abstraction through representational forms found in architecture. Continuing her interest in urban boundaries, social issues and the concept of impermanence found in Eastern philosophy, Griffith selects forms that divide, distort and bear witness to the complexity of issues found in public and private spaces relevant today.
Works include a large-scale floor sculpture based on a steel fence built by Caltrans in 2017 in San Jose, California, which was erected to prevent a homeless community from returning to an encampment that was disturbing a residential neighborhood. Other works continue to investigate paper as a sculptural medium and subject matter derived from expanded steel patterns found in fences and grates. Also included in the exhibition are ink drawings on paper of breezeblocks found in mid-century architecture, which were often used as spatial and transitional devices.
Margaret Griffith is a Los Angeles-based artist and Professor of Drawing and Painting at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA. Griffith received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI in Sculpture and her BFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland in Painting. Upcoming solo and group exhibitions include Sculpture/Installation at La Sierra University, Riverside, CA in February 2020 and Let Me Talk at The Brand Gallery, Los Angeles in April 2020.
Griffith has shown at Western Project, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Carl Berg Gallery, Kontainer Gallery, Occidental College, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA, Diverse Works, Houston, TX, Vertigo Art Space, Denver, CO, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, the Museo Archeologico di Amelia, Amelia (TERNI), Italy, and many other institutions and galleries. Griffith is the 2017 recipient of the Davyd Whaley Mid-Artist Career Grant and a 2018 nominee for the Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA.