‘Figures in Space’ Painting Exhibition by Laini Nemett

Posted: February 17, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy of Nemett’s web site.

“Figures in Space,” an exhibition in the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery now through Feb.20, is inspired by the streets of Barcelona that Maryland painter Laini Nemett experienced while working at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya on a Fulbright Grant.

Outside the museum, Nemett was drawn to the large-scale graffiti paintings, which she refers to as “contemporary frescoes,” on the deteriorating building façades. These became the backdrops for her figurative compositions.

“I strive to bring attention to the moments that quietly characterize the tone of a setting; the temperature change in a wall, a crack on the door, the flipped fringe of a rug,” Nemett says.

“It is my hope that by stopping a potentially mundane scene in paint, the viewer will relate to the moment and will, too, be able to enter the given world I have created.

“I see painting as an opportunity to capture the subtle intricacies of the world around me, responding to mood, energy and the relational subtext between its characters and the personal spaces they occupy.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Nemett’s work can be viewed at her web site.

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