Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Marie Porterfield Barry Featured in Oxford American’s “100 Under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art”

25, Jonesville, Virginia

Marie Porterfield Barry’s mystical oil paintings draw from traditions of storytelling and mythmaking as well as her own Appalachian heritage. Her visuals are both macro- and microcosmic. Wide-angle vistas, swirling with activity, offer up fluttering life forms, swans, swollen-bellied women holding apples, and men whose bodies are trees; the intricate compositions and glowing colors are reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. In one work, a cross-sectional view of an eerily beautiful landscape reveals human creatures gestating beneath the ground like embryos or turnips. Like Hieronymus Bosch, Barry shows that existence is an elaborate spectacle. 

Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Department of Art & Design/Department of Philosophy, East Tennessee State University

“Folktale with Crows, Doves, and Lost Sheep: Where the Muddy Lake Is Full of Mystery and Where His Words Are Ravens and Where The Others Have Perhaps Lost Something or It Is Not Yet Found” (2008) by Marie Porterfield Barry. Oil on canvas, 45 x 72 inches.

See more work by Marie Porterfield Barry.

via http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/feb/29/100-under-100

Article about Marie Porterfield Barry on The University of Georgia’s Honors Program Website

MARIE PORTERFIELD BARRY, TURKEY, 2011-2012

MARIE PORTERFIELD BARRY
Fulbright Year: 2011-2012
Country: Turkey
Proposal Type: Creative 
Field of Study: Design
Proposal Title: Collaborative Çini
UGA Graduate Department: Painting and Drawing
Graduation Date: May 2011, Master of Fine Arts 
Hometown: Jonesville, VA

Traditional Turkish ceramics, known as cini, will form the basis of Marie Porterfield Barry’s Fulbright year as she spends her time studying the art form and overseeing a public art installation.

“Of particular interest to me are the çini tiles, which form monumental murals that ornament palaces, mosques and other architectural structures throughout Turkey dating back to the Ottoman Empire,” she says. “Traditionally, these intricately detailed tiles — purely abstract or with vines and flowers, painted on creamy white surfaces in rich blue and green tones with crimson red highlights and black outlines — are crafted in workshops where individuals collaborate to make immense works of art.

“For the first months of my studies, I will be working primarily in Kütahya, Turkey, which has been a center for çini production since the 14th century and has successfully maintained that tradition. During these first five months, I plan to work with master artists and focus extensively on the technical aspects of çini production, with particular attention paid to the method of painting and glazing and to the construction of multiple tile structures, while continuing to study the history and symbolism of the art form.”

Marie seeks to meld the old with the new during the second part of her year abroad, when she’ll focus on the public art presentation in nearby Eskişehir, which is expected to make a lasting impression.

“I plan to work with artists and students, traveling to a Anadolu University in neighboring city Eskişehir, to make a collaborative installation using the traditional method of çini fused with contemporary concerns,” says Marie, who earned her bachelor’s in fine arts with a concentration on painting from East Tennessee State and spent two years as a graduate research assistant for Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

“I will facilitate the conception, construction and final installation of a large-scale work of art to be permanently installed in a public location, inspired by the monumental çini tile murals that are viewable throughout Turkey. The tile mural, produced in collaboration with professors, artists and students in Kütahya and Eskişehir, will address the concept of the individual as part of the larger collective… Through this project, I will examine the creative individual as part of cooperative collective in the construction of a cross-cultural, collaborative work of art that is both personal and universal. The collaborative tile mural will be permanently installed in a public location in Turkey.”

Once the installation is completed, Marie says she’ll utilize technology to give art lovers all over the world a chance for an up-close-and-personal glimpse.

“I will recreate the project on the internet so viewers may explore the project from the United States, other parts of Turkey, or elsewhere,” she says. “Due to the web site, viewers will be able to access the project internationally, to share in my experience as a Fulbright researcher and to learn more about Turkey, çini, and the ideas behind the works of art created by the collaborators.

“I also plan to make a separate body of work exploring çini, which I will hopefully exhibit in both Turkey and the United States, documenting the cultural exchange and the Fulbright experience.”

via: http://honors.uga.edu/news/s_p/fulbright/porterfield.html

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fulbright Grant in Creative and Performing Arts

Marie Porterfield Barry

Marie Porterfield Barry is currently a Fulbright Research Grantee to Turkey in Creative and Performing Arts, living in  Kütahya, Turkey from September 2011-June 2012.  In Turkey, she is studying traditional Turkish tile painting (çini), researching the differences in the creative process between collectivist and individualist societies, and building a collaborative public art installation with Turkish artists which will later be installed in Turkey and viewable via the web.  

For a personal account of her time as an artist in Kütahya, please visit http://kutahyailluminated.wordpress.com/

Thursday, March 17, 2011
2011 MFA ExhibitionLamar Dodd School of ArtThe University of GeorgiaMarch 25-April 11, 2011Opening Reception March 25 from 6-9 p.m.MFA degrees will be awarded to twenty-four graduate students at the University of Georgia’s spring 2011 graduation ceremony. Thesis work produced by these MFA candidates will be on view throughout the the Lamar Dodd School of Art on River Road, including large-scale work in the atrium and courtyard from March 25th through April 11th. The accomplishments of the 2011 MFA candidates with be celebrated with a gala reception in the Lamar Dodd School of Art from 6-9 p.m. on March 25th.

http://mfa.uga.edu

2011 MFA Exhibition
Lamar Dodd School of Art
The University of Georgia

March 25-April 11, 2011
Opening Reception March 25 from 6-9 p.m.

MFA degrees will be awarded to twenty-four graduate students at the University of Georgia’s spring 2011 graduation ceremony. Thesis work produced by these MFA candidates will be on view throughout the the Lamar Dodd School of Art on River Road, including large-scale work in the atrium and courtyard from March 25th through April 11th. The accomplishments of the 2011 MFA candidates with be celebrated with a gala reception in the Lamar Dodd School of Art from 6-9 p.m. on March 25th.

http://mfa.uga.edu

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ideas for Creative Exploration presents a film by Marie Porterfield Starring Viviana Chavez and Carole Kaboya With Original Music by Basil Carter and David Mitchell And Poetry and Philosophy by Samuel Barry and Joey CarterFeaturing a multitude of interdisciplinary collaborators from Athens, Georgia and Beyond
Beings called Specters from the outer spaces explore the earth.  Although they are invisible to most humans, a girl of extraordinary vision, the Believer, is able to see one of the Specters. The pair embarks on voyage of discovery and wonder. Based on the philosophical aspects of astrobiology, phenomenology and religion, Specters of the Outer Spaces addresses the incredible importance of the human belief in the unseen.The film is viewable online at spectersoftheouterspaces.com

Ideas for Creative Exploration presents a film by Marie Porterfield
Starring Viviana Chavez and Carole Kaboya
With Original Music by Basil Carter and David Mitchell
And Poetry and Philosophy by Samuel Barry and Joey Carter
Featuring a multitude of interdisciplinary collaborators from Athens, Georgia and Beyond

Beings called Specters from the outer spaces explore the earth. Although they are invisible to most humans, a girl of extraordinary vision, the Believer, is able to see one of the Specters. The pair embarks on voyage of discovery and wonder. Based on the philosophical aspects of astrobiology, phenomenology and religion, Specters of the Outer Spaces addresses the incredible importance of the human belief in the unseen.

The film is viewable online at spectersoftheouterspaces.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Specters of the Outer Spaces Premiere
Saturday May 1 at 7pmLamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150FREE! and Open to the Publicspectersoftheouterspaces.comIdeas for Creative Exploration (ICE) presents a film by Marie Porterfield: Specters of the Outer Spaces.  The film stars Viviana Chavez and Carole Kaboya with original music by Basil Carter and David Mitchell, philosophy and poetry by Joey Carter and Samuel Barry, and features a multitude of other collaborators from Athens and beyond.  Beings called Specters from the outer spaces explore the earth.  Although they are invisible to most humans, a girl of extraordinary vision, “the Believer”, is able to see one of the Specters.  The pair embark on voyage of discovery and wonder.  Based on the philosophical aspects of astrobiology, phenomenology and religion, Specters of the Outer Spaces addresses the incredible importance of the human belief in the unseen. Formal attire optional.
The screen will take approximately 1 hour and will be followed by a reception.

Specters of the Outer Spaces Premiere

Saturday May 1 at 7pm
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150
FREE! and Open to the Public

spectersoftheouterspaces.com


Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) presents a film by Marie Porterfield: Specters of the Outer Spaces.  The film stars Viviana Chavez and Carole Kaboya with original music by Basil Carter and David Mitchell, philosophy and poetry by Joey Carter and Samuel Barry, and features a multitude of other collaborators from Athens and beyond. 

Beings called Specters from the outer spaces explore the earth.  Although they are invisible to most humans, a girl of extraordinary vision, “the Believer”, is able to see one of the Specters.  The pair embark on voyage of discovery and wonder.  Based on the philosophical aspects of astrobiology, phenomenology and religion, Specters of the Outer Spaces addresses the incredible importance of the human belief in the unseen.

Formal attire optional
.

The screen will take approximately 1 hour and will be followed by a reception.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Open Studios features the most recent work of Lamar Dodd School of Art Masters Candidates in Painting & Drawing

Open Studios features the most recent work of Lamar Dodd School of Art Masters Candidates in Painting & Drawing

Thursday, December 10, 2009

small works show

Blue Tin Art Studio is located in the same building as Big City Bread on North Finley Street, Athens, Georgia.

Works will remain installed through the beginning of January 2010.

projectathens:

The Others Who Haunt Me and Whom I Haunt, UGA graduate student Marie Porterfield’s current exhibit at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, showcases her stunning work in painting, drawing, and ceramics. And haunt, it does; fantastically complex scenes and gaunt, wretched characters will pull you inside their world and refuse to let go, even after you’ve left the gallery.

Porterfield described the work, all from 2009, as an exploration of peoples’ relationships—or lack thereof—with supernatural entities, spirits, and ghosts. Ghouls and wraiths swirl through Porterfield’s world, spun like otherwordly larvae into gauzy cocoons. Miniature ceramic apparitions hang from the ceiling at eye level, each confronting the viewer with an eerily lifelike stare. Faces gaze up from a floor piece as if daring you to believe in them—or themselves to believe in you, the giant invader of their world.

Catch this show at the Bridge Gallery through November 24th. Like the ghosts who inhabit it, Porterfield’s work must be experienced to be believed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

the others who haunt me and whom i haunt

“the others who haunt me and whom i haunt”
recent works by marie porterfield

november 12-november 24, 2009 
opening reception: friday november 13, 7-9pm

the bridge exhibition space
lamar dodd school of art
the university of georgia
270 river road
athens, georgia 30602

just outside the bounds of my imagination,
bound creatures I will never know,
whom i imagine with human eyes and human faces,
but who are beyond my imagination.