a solo exhibition by Stephanie McMahon
March 21 – April 3, 2015
Opening March 21st, 6 – 9 pm
A specific place or experience creates the initial structure for exploration in McMahon’s paintings. From there the painting emerges as she allows for intuitive and contradictory responses to previous layers, creating an active image that fluctuates between deliberate and incidental. The result is both physical and fleeting, as unexpected and precarious relationships arise between color, shape and gesture and as they combine through translucent layers. This way of working allows her to extract and distill her observations in the tangible world, while questioning and presenting the possibilities of visual experience and abstraction.
For her show Terrazza at The Belfry, McMahon draws from her experience living in the medieval hillside town of Cortona, Italy in an apartment with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Chiana Valley. The terraced landscape, horizon line, fluctuating atmosphere, light quality and visibility became a daily studied observation. The simple act of slowing down and noting these subtle or abrupt shifts in a single space over a period of time is realized in a series of expansive paintings that have a deliberate and decisive quality to the interacting layers, challenging one’s sense of time and resolve.
Stephanie McMahon has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include SCOPE New York, an ArtBridge public installation at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Contemporary Couples at the Chautauqua Institution and solo exhibitions at Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art, Kent State University and Houghton College. McMahon has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend and Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed and published in New American Paintings, Hyperallergic, Art Lies, Cantanker Magazine and Syracuse University’s literary and visual arts journal, Stone Canoe. McMahon earned a BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and a MFA in Painting from The University of Texas at Austin. McMahon lives and works in Alfred, NY where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.