Barbara Edwards Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Medrie MacPhee. Long known for using architectural references in her imagery that explored notions of a dystopian future/past, this new body of work presents a significant shift materially and conceptually.

In 2012, MacPhee began a fake fashion line (RELAX) out of clothing scavenged in cheap discount stores. The premise was total comfort in a fraught time. Cutting up sweat suits and other clothing, MacPhee sought out to create one piece outfits with multiple zippers, buttons, and other fabrics. The fashion line served as a catalyst for her latest body of work. The disassembled garments juxtaposed with the painted surfaces provide a personal identification between viewer and painting. The clothing embodies ideas of language, architecture, class and sensibility and brings a dark humor to the task.

In Hyperallergic [July 8, 2017] New York critic Stephen Maine writes:

“An extremely accomplished painter, MacPhee makes adjustments as she goes along — to her paintings; to her understanding of space; to the objects of her attention. Her facility and evident visual literacy shouldn’t be mistaken for pastiche. These paintings are cohesive, fully realized, and deeply personal.”

Medrie MacPhee was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has resided in New York City since 1978. She received a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. MacPhee’s numerous awards include Anonymous Was a Woman (2016), American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize (2015), and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts (2009). Her work is in various public collections including The National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She was recently included in a group exhibition “99 Cents or Less” curated by Jens Hoffman at MOCAD Detroit from May 19 to August 6, 2017.

MacPhee is currently the Sherri Burt Hennessey Artist-In-Residence at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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Medrie MacPhee Going the Distance
Going the Distance, 2016
oil and collaged materials on canvas
78" x 70"

Medrie MacPhee Broken Syntax
Broken Syntax, 2016
oil and collaged materials on canvas
84" x 64"

Medrie MacPhee The Inside is the Outside
The Inside is the Outside, 2017
oil and mixed media on canvas
64" x 84"

Medrie MacPhee I read You
I Read You, 2016
oil and collaged materials on wood
30" x 40"

Medrie MacPhee Corpus
Corpus, 2016
mixed media on paper
30" x 22"

Medrie MacPhee Transfer One
Transfer One, 2017
mixed media on paper
30" x 22"

Medrie MacPhee Transfer Two
Transfer Two, 2017
mixed media on paper
30" x 22"

Medrie MacPhee Transfer Three
Transfer Three, 2017
mixed media on paper
30" x 22"