House #404, Floor 2
May 2 - August 4, 2019
New York, NY
Mrs. is excited to share a solo presentation of new works by Meghan Brady, for NADA House on Governors Island. With this new body of work, Brady’s aim is to create paintings that are generous in spirit, but also find their way to occupy space and time in a frenetic, irregular, and ultimately surprising way.
Recently, Brady’s studio practice has taken a shift away from painting on stretched canvas and towards large scale site-specific paintings on unstretched canvas. Breaking from the loaded tradition of painting within the constructs of a 90 degree angle, she works on impulse, cutting into the canvas, layering the pieced fabric in a collage of unfussy surfaces. These paintings came as a response to restlessness against convention, along with the desire to see her compositions on shaped, fluid surfaces. This process allows for a technical freedom to transform a work in progress at nearly any given point. As a result, these works breathe and float, with a looseness that reshapes the forms, indirectly referencing the human body through an everyday kind of abstraction.
There is a body-intelligence and a physicality in the making, as she walks, kneels and crawls across the canvas, using the floor as her work surface. Here, Brady begins to create her deliberate and gestural marks of bold colors, which are as much about painting as they are drawing. Interested in a space between abstraction and representation, specifically in relation to the figure; human or otherwise - her work is constructed, deconstructed, and finds landing somewhere totally unexpected.
Brady received her BA from Smith College and her MFA from Boston University. She was the 2017 recipient of the Ellis Beauregard Foundation Grant, a 2018 Hewnoaks Summer Fellowship as well as a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow. Recent exhibitions include Steel House Projects, Rockland, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast and Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, Mrs., Maspeth, and a residency/exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY which received a mention by The New York Times. Her solo exhibition titled Reversible Roles is currently on view at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME though May 2019. Brady lives and works in Camden, ME.