June 29 - July 30 | Painted Scrolls by Rikki Ducornet & Sculpture by Margie McDonald
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In March of 2018, Crazy Happy will travel to San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) to occupy Carmen Guiterrez's surrealist gallery, Casa Diana, the beautiful spaces designed by the artist Pedro Friedeberg. In July, 2016, Crazy Happy was featured in Douglas Glover's on-line magazine, Numero Cinq (click here for website).
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Rikki Ducornet: In my book of essays, The Deep Zoo, I wonder: What if, just as the traces of our earliest forms persist encoded in our genes, a golden age persists deep within the mind, the human mind that produces a multitude of things spontaneously? Dreamed up by Margie McDonald and myself, Crazy Happy is all about chasing after this golden age of the mind and giving free reign to the spontaneous production of a multitude of things. Animated conversation between Margie's marvelous sculptures—so beautiful, whimsical and erotic—and my own forests of painted paper scrolls, Crazy Happy is sparked as much by our friendship as by a complicitous and visually seductive reading of the world—its sympathies and mutabilities, its minerals and mysteries, its orphaned objects and eccentric biologies.
Both of us are sparked by things that are abandoned, found in junk yards, on the beach, transformed by time, by water, fire and weather—as well as diatoms and jellyfish, seedlings and meteors, rusted motors, the eyes of dragon flies, and the mountains of the moon.
Deeply informed by the traditional crafts from her native Newfoundland, Margie McDonald received a BFA in textile arts and art education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. Margie's many solo shows include an installation at the inaugural exhibition of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (2013), the Britannia Copper Museum in British Columbia, (2012) and the Leady-Volkous Art Center in Kansas City ( 2008). Her first solo show was at the Northwind Arts Center, (2006). Twice a finalist in the coveted New Zealand's World of Wearable Art's yearly international show (2013, 2014), her piece Wired was retained for museum display and on view throughout the following year.
She has been the Artist in Residence for the Port Townsend High School since 2008 and a teacher with Centrum's week long student programs since 2012 where she inspires students to work in wire sculpture, wearable art or giant papier mache puppet heads. She has also been deeply involved with the development of the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show since 2010. Margie has lived in Port Townsend since 1998.
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Rikki Ducornet - The author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, two books of essays and five books of poetry, Rikki Ducornet has received both a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award For Fiction. She has received the Bard College Arts and Letters award and, in 2008, an Academy Award in Literature. Her work is widely published abroad. Recent exhibitions of her paintings include the solo show Desirous at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007, and the group shows: O Reverso Do Olhar in Coimbra, Portugal, 2008, El Umbral Secreto at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile, 2009, Las Llavas del Deseo, Fundacion Camaleonart, National Library, Costa Rica, 2016, and La Chasse A l'Objet Du Désir, Galerie Espace, Quebec, 2014. She has illustrated books by Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Forest Gander, Kate Bernheimer, Joanna Howard and Anne Waldman among others. Her collected papers including prints and drawings are in the permanent collection of the Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Her art work is in the permanent collections of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago Chile, The McMaster University Museum, Ontario, Canada, and The Biblioteque Nationale, Paris. She is one of the artists featured in the upcoming Surrealist Encyclopedia, published in London by Bloomsbury books.