Margie Livingston

July 20 – August 31

Press Release

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by Seattle-based artist, Margie Livingston. The exhibition opens July 20, with a reception Saturday, August 11 from 6 to 8 PM. Livingston’s paintings begin as a color field out of which emerges an expansive grid with figures in orchestrated space that is constantly shifting in tone, color, and depth. Looking into one of her paintings is like looking into another dimension, which seductively looks like ours, but isn’t.

Livingston transports the landscape into her studio. Twigs and branches hang from the ceiling buttressed by a perspectival grid make of wood and string which she paints at different times of day. Displaying an economy of means, Livingston places a mark on canvas to convey a specificity of time, gravity, and light in an investigation of the structure of trees and how light filters through them based on weather patterns. Yet nature is investigated inside the studio, displaced from its earthen environs, in sustained reflection on the relationship between man, earth, and architecture. Livingston’s work resonates with current issues of environmental preservation, urban sprawl, and an accompanying sense of loss regarding the landscape. This new work suggests that if natural elements are so shaped by human hands, what is natural anymore?

Educated at the University of Washington in Seattle, Livingston received her MFA there in 1999. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year studying the landscape tradition in Germany. She has exhibited regularly since 1994 and has work in several prominent collections, including the Tacoma Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum.

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Dates: July 20August 31, 2007
Reception: August 11, 6–8 pm
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888,, @levygallery