Gray Contemporary art opening reception: Long Loud Silence by Mary Bucci McCoy and Erin Lawlor
Long Loud Silence is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Mary Bucci McCoy and Erin Lawlor. Receiving a bachelor of fine arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and spending a post-bac year at L'École des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva, Switzerland (now Haute École d'Art et de Design Genève), McCoy has developed a unique material language informed by her early work in ceramics that creates richly nuanced acrylic paintings on panel. The subtle marks that inflect the monochromatic ground of these intimate paintings hover on the edge of the perceptible, poetically referencing the body and the landscape on macro and micro levels.
The work by British-born Lawlor displays a natural evolution from one painting to the next, often shown by the building up of soft muted colors, that are shared between paintings. Her work displays an understanding that single strokes can transcribe all space, volume, depth and time. The tones and broad vivid brushstrokes of the paintings create voids that introduce both profound silence and a visible volume.
On view through Oct. 10.