Monday, June 03, 2013

Red Handed at MFA


A gallery installation experience by ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY 

June 21st, 2013 - June 5th, 2013

Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm  

Friday, June 21st from 6pm-8pm
The artist will be in attendance. 

About Red Handed:  

Rosemary Feit Covey's Red Handed is a complete gallery installation project which combines drawings printed on both hand and commercial printers.  The prints are then made into paintings, or left rough on cheap paper.  Covey's exploration in media and method has evolved and is comprised of wall-wrapped images and an all-encompassing floor piece - the major part of the installation - which forces the viewer to walk on the art.  The image is meant to have no beginning and no end.

Red Handed began as a set of drawings and printed columns during Covey's 2012 residency at Spiro Arts in Utah. The initial drawing appeared as a steam of conscience image. It was at first unclear why red hands kept appearing on her running figures, Covey feels it is connected to guilt.

Inspiration for Red Handed:

Referencing Dore, Modigliani and Picasso's Guernica - Red Handed raises issue of collective versus personal guilt.

"Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of the culprit, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing."
 -Hannah Arendt

"For all survivors of suicide the question of guilt opens a maw that fills and envelopes adding to the pain, shock and sorrow. A murder has been committed where the murderer can not be blamed. The past becomes the framework for constant reexamination.  I had to ask myself - why did this image spring whole from my imagination?  I had to wait and allow my thoughts to unearth the past.  Guilt is the most personal of emotions and universal only when we take it on ourselves before we look at the rest." -Rosemary Feit Covey

Rosemary Feit Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In a career spanning three decades she has exhibited internationally and received countless awards. Covey's work is in numerous national and international museum and library collections.
Select collections include the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the New York Public Library Collection of Prints and Drawings; the Papyrus Institute, Cairo, Egypt; the National Library of Australia, Canberra; The National Museum of American History; Georgetown University Library Print Collection; Harvard University Library; and Princeton University Library.
Georgetown University Library currently houses 512 of her wood engravings in their permanent collection. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2014.

Red Handed marks Covey's third annual exhibition at Morton Fine Art.

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