Aug 29th 2021

NANCY WISTI GRAYSON: Mementos: Paths that Cross

@ Material

2025 W Belmont St, Chicago IL 60618

Opening Sunday, August 29th, from 11AM - 2PM

On view through Sunday, September 19th

After a long silence, Material is thrilled to open our doors again with work by Nancy Wisti Grayson.

Please join us in celebrating the work of Nancy Wisti Grayson at the opening reception August 29th 11 AM – 2PM

The sculptural paintings and wall objects presented in Nancy Wisti Grayson’s solo exhibition: Mementos: Paths that Cross, specifically reference paintings (see footnote below ***) which have surfaced over and over again in Nancy’s memory and experience.

These references are not connected through any traditional art historical category but re-emerge in themes and imagery which are instead connected through the singular body and are housed together in Wisti Grayson’s experience and mind. Wisti Grayson draws on her deep and emotional memory to bring together this fragmented collection of work. During the many months of isolation and pandemic, Nancy traveled to different times and places that exist in the painterly aspects, the stories conveyed, or the evocation of specific emotions that she is deeply familiar with, finds as a place of comfort, recognition and home. The memory is a slippery vehicle, as the objects are incomplete, veiled, transformed and transferred into a relic of contemporary contemplation that eludes and alludes to Wisti Grayson’s magical practice.

-Jean Alexander Frater

*** Henri Rousseau, War
Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son
Fight with Cudgels
A Pilgrimage to San Isidro
Witches’ Sabbath
The Straw Manikin
Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas

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