"100 Crosses - An Exploration in Collage"
Recent work by Mark Macrides
February 6 - February 16, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7th 4-6 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4:30 PM
"100 Crosses- An Exploration in Collage" is a series of 100 collages produced by artist Mark Macrides over a period of 18 months. The exhibition will be presented in both the East and West Galleries at The Loft Artists Gallery, 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, CT.
Macrides describes the work as an intense journey into the medium of collage. Using the iconic image of the cross as a constant in each piece, the work incorporates a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional collage material as a means of creating a diverse representation around a similar theme. Each piece in the series is a unique interpretation of the image of the cross. While some pieces focus on the exploration of the materials used, others explore the cross in history. While this series of 100 works is a story of discovery, pushing the medium of collage, within the series are individual stories about materials, color, imagery and history. Presented with each collage is a written paragraph by the artist describing something about the process, materials, and/or subject. These short stories connect the series and provide a glimpse into the artist's thought process and ideas about the evolution of the work.
Macrides, who has historically worked in oils, was inspired, by a museum visit, to begin working in collage 18 months ago. He describes his experience with the medium as "liberating" and enjoyed the opportunity it presented to work in shorter durations of time. As an art teacher of young children, he uses collage in his teaching and was also inspired by the diverse range of materials the children were encouraged to work with in a program that values recycling. Old maps, window screen, caution tape, bubble wrap, candy wrappers and countless other common materials appear in the series. "I wanted to create a series of work that reflected materials we come into contact with on a daily basis but in a way that inspires mystery and awe." stated the artist.
The Loft Artist Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to culture and artistic work. Their events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state region and have been recognized by funding agencies including the Connecticut Commission for the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and visitors who support year after year.