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Posted: December 5, 2018

Canadian artist Natasha Mazurka to have first solo U.S. show at The Ringling

Canadian artist Natasha Mazurka to have first solo U.S. show at The Ringling
IMAGE CREDIT: Natasha Mazurka, Index XVIII, Set One (detail), 2015 – ongoing, hand embossed parchment paper in two overlapping layers, 8 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Natasha Mazurka.

Order Systems opens March 18, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. – Since 2011, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has sought to increase its presentation of work by contemporary artists through the Art of Our Time initiative. Order Systems, the upcoming solo debut of Canadian artist Natasha Mazurka, illustrates the Museum’s commitment to showing the work of living artists whose methods move beyond traditional practices.

Ottawa-based Mazurka will debut a new body of paintings, embossings and site-specific installations using textured layers of colored vinyl. Mazurka’s work revolves around patterns, and how they help us make sense of the world. The artist samples and combines visual references from a variety of areas, including architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. Through processes of manipulation and synthesis, her projects flatter and disturb the certainty and stability that patterns offer.

The exhibition is the first organized by Ola Wlusek in her role as the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda curator of modern and contemporary art at The Ringling and will be on view in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art March 18-Sept. 8, 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome Natasha Mazurka for her U.S. solo debut,” said Wlusek. “Natasha questions how our aesthetic systems and social structures help us communicate. Her recent works indulge in the illusion of beauty that stems from repetition and a sense of order, but she challenges these patterns by inserting social narratives about conformity and imposed behavioral structures. We look forward to exploring these contradictions.”

Natasha Mazurka received a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, where she was the recipient of the J.W. McConnell Fellowship. She has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships, including the Brucebo Fine Art Residency in Gotland, Sweden, and the Vermont Studio Center Painting Fellowship and Residency. Her work has been exhibited internationally in locations including the Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; VOLTA Basel; VOLTA New York; Papier in Montreal; and the Art Gallery of Ottawa. Her work can be found in the collections of Canada House; High Commission of Canada in London, UK; the City of Ottawa Art Collection; Foreign Affairs Canada; the Canadian Fine Art Collection of Gotland, Sweden; and in private/corporate collections in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Ottawa, Jamaica and Morocco. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

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About The Ringling

The Ringling is a center for art and history, situated on 66 magnificent acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is built on the remarkable legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.

The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, explores with them the diverse cultures and art of Asia, delights them with the story of the American circus as told through the first American circus museum as well as the world’s largest circus model, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan mansion.

The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists whose work moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music, dance and film.

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university art centers in the nation.

More information at www.ringling.org.

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