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127 x 167.6 cm
50.00 x 66 in


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  • About the work
Acrylic on canvas. "Ode 1" started as a study of Mangrove roots. Mangroves have a root system that arcs high above the water line. The roots gather debris, and over time, it becomes land or solid ground. The chalk drawing on the canvas went through many transformations over the span of a year. The original network of lines started to move energetically after I began looking into the ancient process of spinning fiber from plants. I was also heavily influenced by the story of Theseus and how he used a ball of yarn to help him find his way out of the labyrinth. I came up with the title "Ode 1" after completing the painting. Keats took a lot of time with his first Ode. He wrote to his brother and said that he "wrote it in a peaceable and healthy spirit." I felt the same way about my painting. It took a while to find solid ground". -- Carin Riley

About the Artist

1949 , United States

(b. 1949 in New York, lives and works in New York) Riley works almost exclusively in painting and drawing and her motifs are often based on still lifes . An abstractionist who frequently works on paper, Riley's production has been characterized by elegance, etherealness, fluidity and a beguiling reserve. Her palette is often restricted to a scale of grey, from white, near white to black combined with earth shades, although she has explored colors. While she remains an abstract artist, Riley has experimented with figuration, her newest work sensitively poised between the abstract and the representational are influenced by her passion for the mythology and ancient cultures. Her work was featured in “Out of Line,” a group show at Slag Gallery in Chelsea in 2010 and exhibited in “Unfreedom” at the Smudajescheck Galerie in Ulm, Germany in 2011. She had a solo show at the Weber Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut in June, 2013 and a solo, “Adaptive Traits,” at the Smudajescheck Galerie in September-October, 2013. Her work is in several private and public collections including that of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Carin Riley was born in New York City, she attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, in the 1970s and studied painting. Minimalism and Postminimalism were the prevailing styles at the time and her teachers were Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, and Brice Marden among others. Richard Artschwager was also a mentor, who notably and presciently merged art and design, affirming what Riley naturally gravitated toward. After SVA, Riley received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1973.

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SILAS VON MORISSE GALLERY (formerly ART 3 gallery) is a dynamic contemporary art gallery established in February 2014 by Silas von Morisse formerly of Haunch of Venison (Christie's NY). The international program at SILAS VON MORISSE gallery is multidisciplinary, conceptual and process oriented, showcasing established, mid-career and emerging artists. The ga...

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