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At the Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center: “Portuguese Playground” by Marlowe Emerson 11/13/20-01/08/21

“Portuguese Playground”
Art Exhibition Featuring Works by Marlowe Emerson from the Buinho Creative Residency

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On view through:

January 8, 2021, Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm

Marlowe Emerson is a mixed media artist who creates large scale abstract paintings using acrylic and collage techniques. “Portuguese Playground” features work in a variety of media created in 2019 in the rural setting of Messejana, Portugal at the Buinho Creative Residency. The two week residency was an opportunity for Emerson to work alongside other artists and learn from local organizers and creatives in a unique rural environment. This exhibition highlights works on paper, wood, cardboard, and canvas, as well as laser cutouts created in the Buinho workshop. These lively, mixed media pieces show the influence of the colorful landscape and architecture of the Alentejo village, as well as a creative approach to the restraints of using found materials and improvised techniques.

The exhibition takes its title from an actual playground at the center of the village, as well as the artist’s experience of playing with a variety of new materials and techniques. It is also a reference to the high tech “playground” the Buinho organization has created to bring access to technology and educational opportunities to rural areas of Portugal. “I have found that art residencies are the best way for me to focus on the work and learn new things. I chose Buinho because they offer something really different,” Marlowe explains.

In addition to the installation at the Offsite Gallery, Emerson will offer virtual viewing options on her website and Instagram to include an artist talk and photo gallery. Visit https://www.marloweemerson.com for details. Experience the exhibition virtually November 13, 5:30-6pm via Instagram Live – @marloweemerson.

“I’m excited to show these pieces because they represent a turning point in my process to a much freer way of working, more open to possibility. The whole experience revealed so much for me creatively. I think it’s a good time for a show like this. We all need a reminder that getting connected to our playful side and our creative spirit is important for staying hopeful and positive.” – M.E.

Marlowe holds a degree in French and Art History from Georgetown University and spent a decade studying painting in the south of France. Her process is centered around observing the mental processes of painting and the value of abstract expressionism as an intuitive practice. Combining paint with everyday materials on the canvas, she works to create layers of meaning and personal narrative to build a connection with the viewer. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries internationally, including the Art in Embassies program. She currently teaches abstract painting at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and works out of her home studio in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Part of the MIT Fablab and European Creative Hubs networks, the Buinho residency program welcomes creatives from all over the world to take advantage of their workspaces, studios and specialized equipment, while fostering cultural exchange. With the vibrant beauty of the remote village of Messejana as a back drop, founder Carlos Alcabia describes it as “the perfect place for studying theory and for getting hands dirty with practice.” https://buinho.pt/

Event Details

11.13.2020 5:00 pm
01.8.2021 7:00 pm
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MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Ave. Suite #287
Norfolk, VA 23510 United States

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