by Marguerite Perret
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
February 10 - March 20, 2003
"Syst-O-Matic" presents new and recent works that address a variety of formal and conceptual issues through a range of media and presentation configurations. The work is connected through the exploration of various systems - related ideas, types, principles and organizational methods. The systems explored range from the whimsical and pop cultural to the consumer driven, and the scientific and medical. Often these individual elements are drawn into relationships that alter an original intent or meaning as some of these operational systems are subverted or juxtaposed.
Individual works include a wall installation of skeletal and painted leaves, light box works that display a miniature world in petri dishes, and paint chip landscapes. The latter are based on a collection of one manufacturer's paint chips. The names of the colors - such as "spring awakening" and "gentle breezes" - have been transformed into "haiku" poems and presented as wall installations.
Marguerite Perret earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Along with her studio work, she is a visual arts writer and has served as a gallery director and curator. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions, including the Iowa Artists Exhibit, Des Moines Art Center (1996, 97, & 99); Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA (1999); Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA (1999); and the Bloomington Art Center, MN (2001). She has had solo exhibits at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, MO (1999); the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA (1999); and the Medical Museum, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA (2000), among others.