Margot Spindelman

These works  emerged from a process that began three years ago, when Spindelman was struggling to release herself from the creative habits of a body of work that had come to define her expressive habits. It’s the nature of the type of introspection that produces artworks to run straight into one set of aesthetic habits and then emerge  cured of the need for them, and to immediately diverge into new orders of meaning.

 

The creative existence is a constant struggle for meaning as embroiled in and defined by form, but meaning itself, like form, is mutable. Beyond the process that creates the artist seeks a role, one emerging from passions in spheres seemingly beyond their art but no less important. The issues that concern the artist represent a moral dimension in common importance to all like-minded citizens. Social, political, and ecological environments surround them, and define them until they step into the studio, after which these forces begin to coalesce into something previously unheralded, which will produce a new form.

 

Made from gouache on torn and gessoed sections of 300 lb paper, Spindelman creates a vortex of forms that are constantly altering, adding and subtracting to a metier that is its own subject matter. As collaged forms they manifest as both paintings and bricolage, each one signifying its distinct parts as fragmentary and mute until combined, not merely placed in the same visual nimbus, but formally fused. They are complex and ambiguous despite their small stature. They are intimate and yet also powerful, each one a textured and chromatically potent voice for the immense forces that surround and define them. They carry a degree of ambiguity and idiosyncrasy that makes them into minute personas or talismans against whatever afflicts us. Gibson Contemporary invites you to explore the landscape formed by their cumulative effect.


Solo + 2-Person Exhibitions
2020 Torn, Gibson Contemporary Gallery, NY, NY

2015 Ellipsis… Christopher Kardambikis & Margot Spindelman, Ray Gallery, DUMBO, NY 2013 Unnamed Calamity | The Order of Things, Platform Gallery, LES, NY
2007 The Ocean and the Road, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY, NY
2005 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2018 Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, Cigar Factory, Long Island City, NY
2018 Nation VI, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018 On & On: Art Without End, Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
2016 PORTAL, Federal Hall, NY, NY
2016 Every Day Redefined, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Traverse, William Holman Gallery, LES, NY
2016 Nation IV, Thru the Rabbithole, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 On and On, Mark Miller Gallery, LES, NY
2015 Ellipses… Margot Spindelman and Christopher Kardambikis, Ray Gallery, Dumbo, NY 2015 Making History, Arts in Bushwick at Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Nation II, At The Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 The Bushwick 500, English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 The Living Mark, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Nation, The Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Falling, Shua Space, Jersey City, NJ
2013 Fabrika 7 - Apartment with a view on your imagination, 201 Water, DUMBO, NY
2013 Working it Out, The Painting Center, NY, NY
2013 Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Mic: Check (Occupy), Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Small Matters of Great Importance: Interior/Exterior, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY
2011 The Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2011 Crest Hardware Show, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Park Magazine #02, the March Issue, Porto, Portugal
2010 It’s All Good—Apocalypse Now, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Close-up, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Northbrooklyn, Arts@Renaissance Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 American Abstractions Part 2, 1950s - Present, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY, NY
2009 It’s a Wonderfull Life, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 art in odd places, Pedestrian Project, NY, NY
2007 International Art Expo, Sosaboel, South Korea
2007 War Is Over, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Brooklyn Footprints, Grand Space, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Drawing Into Painting, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Merry Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 New York Collection, Albright Knox Gallery/Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2004 Abstract Paintings: 1930’s-2004, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY, NY
2003 Variations: Abstraction x 4, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY, NY
2003 After Matisse Picasso, PS1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
2002 Over Time Square, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
2002 Merry Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Over Time Square, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
2001 21st Suffragettes, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001 On the Wall, Compound Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Talent at the Allan Stone Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Talent at the Allan Stone Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Talent at the Allan Stone Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1994 169th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1991 Talent at the Allan Stone Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Two Person Show, The Artists Museum / Barbara Ingber, Brooklyn, NY

Awards
2008 Service-Works Project Grant 2007 George Sugarman Foundation Grant
2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting

Education
Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, The University of Michigan

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