BOSTON, MA – November 2013, Kingston Gallery is pleased to present Mira Cantor’s first exhibit with Kingston Gallery, in its Main Gallery from December 4 – December 29, 2013. A reception for the public will be held in the gallery on Friday December 6, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Mira Cantor is an artist who thinks profoundly about the world. This current body of work, Meltwater, tries to “freeze” the moment of the viewer’s encounter with the landscape into a fusion of perceiver and perceived in an attempt at stopping time. We want to hold on to the power of the sunset on the mountainside but we also must let go, as it is fleeting. In this way, we can face death. Cantor’s work continues to explore the boundaries of landscape and how juxtapositions of mountain forms, light, and air shift those boundaries. Her mountains are both monuments to life and references to tombstones.
Cantor has explored and developed this interest in landscape since her 1999 exhibit Rhyme and Reason, focusing on sand, sea and the line in-between. In 2005, with her exhibition Silver Lake, she looked at nature as a cross-section, slicing through it vertically like an architectural elevation. She describes the surface of the landscape as a topology of marks, a map with clues about man’s interference with it. At a 2010 residency in Banff, Alberta, Canada, her perspective of mountain landscapes left her with a sense of claustrophobia and disorientation.
The artist says: “What we observe through marks in the terrain mark our own temporal boundaries through our lifetimes. In the light of the recent hurricanes and global catastrophic weather occurrences, I am particularly aware of global warming and the melting of our glaciers. From the mountains flow the rivers that bring life to the world. Will the melting of our ice fields reform the landscape into new modes of connections, or will this slow destruction and deterioration overcome us, terminating civilization, as we know it? Meltwater is an attempt to dwell in the beauty of our natural resources and at the same time, become palpably aware of their demise.”
Mira Cantor was born in New York and graduated with an MFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. From 1978 to 1980, Cantor was a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. She was awarded a Fulbright to Alexandria, Egypt in 1994 where she taught and exhibited at the American Center. Her solo exhibitions include the Tokyo American Center in Japan, BWA Gallery in Krakow, Poland, Gallery Lohrl, Düsseldorf, Germany, Hampshire College Gallery, MA, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MA, Fitchburg Art Museum, MA, Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, and three solo exhibitions at the Genovese-Sullivan Gallery in Boston -1999, 2002 and 2005. Her drawings have been exhibited in biennales in Vienna, Norway, Yugoslavia and Poland. She is in many private and public collections across the U.S. Ms. Cantor lives and works in Boston and is a Professor of Art at Northeastern University.
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