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Margie Livingston

The Earth is a Brush

January 11 – February 15, 2020

Margie Livingston GROUP: Darker, 2019 Gouache and acrylic on 14 panels Approx. 44.5 x 66 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston
GROUP: Darker, 2019
Gouache and acrylic on 14 panels
Approx. 44.5 x 66 x 1 in. 

Margie Livingston GROUP:Dragging Self Doubt, 2019 Gouache and acrylic on 12 panels Approx. 36x 72 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston
GROUP: Dragging Self Doubt, 2019
Gouache and acrylic on 12 panels
Approx. 36 x 72 x 1 in. 

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day One, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware ​30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day One, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Two, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Two, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Three, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Three, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Four, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 30.5 x 23.5 1.5

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Four, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Five, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware ​30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Five, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 in. 

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Six, 2018 Gouache and acrylic on panel, canvas, fabric, hardware, stick 20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Six, 2018
Gouache and acrylic on panel, canvas, fabric, hardware, stick
20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Seven, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 30.5 x 23.5 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Seven, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Eight, 2019 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Eight, 2019
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Three, 2018 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 30.5 x 23.5 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Nine, 2018
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
30.5 x 23.5 1.5 in. 

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Ten, 2010 Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware 20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: 55 Laps Day Ten, 2010
Gouache and acylic on panel, hardware
20.5 x 23. x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston PRINTED PAINTINGS: Blue Green and Orange over Red, 2018 Oil on Panel 12 x 9 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston
PRINTED PAINTINGS: Blue Green and Orange over Red, 2018
Oil on Panel
12 x 9 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston PRINTED PAINTINGS: Magenta with Bluegreen Highlights, 2018 Oil on Panel 12 x 9 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston
PRINTED PAINTINGS: Magenta with Bluegreen Highlights, 2018
Oil on Panel
12 x 9 x 1 in.

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: Dragged Blue Painting with Orange Under, 2016 Oil and dirt on canvas with rope 30 x 22 x 1.5 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: Dragged Blue Painting with Orange Under, 2016
Oil and dirt on canvas with rope
30 x 22 x 1.5 in. 

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: Day Hike, Rattlesnake Ledge #2, 2018 Paint skin on wooden stretcher, dirt and roap 20.5 x 16.25 x 2 in.in

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: Day Hike, Rattlesnake Ledge #2, 2018
Gouache and acrylic on panel with canvas, fabric, thread, and hardware
20.5 x 16.25 x 2 in

Margie Livingston PAINTINGS: Dragged Pink Painting with Green Underpainting, 2016 Paint skin on wooden stretcher, dirt and roap 20.5 x 16.25 x 2 in.

Margie Livingston
PAINTINGS: Dragged Pink Painting with Green Underpainting, 2016
Paint skin on wooden stretcher, dirt and roap
20.5 x 16.25 x 2 in.

Press Release

I feel an affinity to Michael Heizer's use of drawing when he carved circles in the desert with his motorcycle.  I, too, am claiming land as artist's materials, but I'm using the ground to inscribe the surface of the paint.  – Margie Livingston

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce MARGIE LIVINGSTON: The Earth is a Brush, the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, to be presented from January 11 through February 15, 2020.  An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 11th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

For the past four years, Margie Livingston has been dismantling the line between painting and performance. In a hybrid form of Action Painting, performance, and Land Art, she drags constructed paintings across terrain, inscribing the canvases with the ground to what she calls Extreme Landscape Painting or “non-painting painting.”  Inherent in this process is the use of chance procedures and the knowledge that the ideas change and evolve as she gets into the work.

Using her body as an instrument pits her natural introversion against a desire to perform; the absurdity of dragging a painting in public triggers shame. Shame envisions judgment from others, presumes an audience, and complicates the relationships between performer, witness, and participant. As works of art, the performance artifacts evoke Color Field and Action Painting but, having been dragged in the street, also speak to darker forces in our culture. 

The grouping titled Dragging Self Doubt resulted from an experimental, interactive performance that Livingston produced reflecting on chance, creative destruction, and collective release at the Seattle Art Museum’s annual Party in the Park. Guests were invited to write something they’d like to let go of onto a painting. Dragging the painting around the park offered an opportunity for catharsis as the face of the earth and the weight of gravity colluded to erode away the words. “Because doubt is always lurking around my studio," says Livingston, "waiting to ambush me if I get too cocky, I immediately connected with the painting on which someone had written self-doubt."

Margie Livingston received her MFA in painting from the University of Washington and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, a period she spent living and working in Berlin.  Other awards include a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the 2010 Neddy Fellowship from the Benkhe Foundation and the 2010 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust (funded by the Chihuly Foundation), a 2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, and the 2006 Betty Bowen Memorial Award.  She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, and Amerika Haus-Berlin, among others.  Margie Livingston's work is included in the permanent collections of the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Eugenio Lopez Collection, Joel and Zoe Dictrow Collection, New York, and numerous other private and public collections.

 

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