Virginia Maksymowicz: "Architectural Overlays"

From 09-05-2016 To 10-16-2016

"Comparison: Baliness offering - Architectural detail", inkjet print, 17" x 22", 2015


Virginia Maksymowicz: Architectural Overlays

September 5 - October 16, 2016


Architectural Overlays explores the link between the human body and architecture through a variety of media: photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

Over the past two decades, Maksymowicz has created pieces for very particular architectural spaces such as gallery corners, small rooms with overhead ductwork, and parlors with fireplaces. Along the way, the artist has read the architectural theories of Vitruvius, Jacques-François Blondel and Joseph Rykwert, attempting to connect them visually in metaphorical and narrative contexts.

These explorations have led Maksymowicz to follow a complex visual trail of architecture and figurative elements. Her work considers the metaphorical implications of the female body, especially when tied to place — buildings, fountains and other structures. The Erechtheion caryatids and the cult of Demeter, with their legacy in architectural ornamentation that extends into contemporary times, continue to symbolically undergird the material and social character of human society.

Virginia Maksymowicz (b. 1952, New York City) is a sculptor currently living in Philadelphia, PA. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work was included in Reconstructing the Feminist Past: Art World Critique, 1960 to Now at the Museum of Modern Art.

She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and over the years has been honored with numerous other grants and awards. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press. The late feminist critic, Arlene Raven, wrote an essay, Yes, Virginia, for the catalog that accompanied Maksymowicz’s exhibit, Alternating Figures, at the Phillips Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Maksymowicz has taught at a variety of colleges and universities throughout the United States. She is currently Associate Professor of Art at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She has been a member of the Women’s Caucus for Art for nearly 30 years and was a writer for Women Artists News and New Directions for Women. Read more from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generosity of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States.


Il lavoro di Virginia Maksymowicz unisce anatomia e architettura creando relazioni reali e metaforiche tra la figura femminile e il mondo costruito. La sovrapposizione di idee e immagini nello spazio tra i mondi di architettura e anatomia crea un'arte di costruzione tettonica, che fonde elementi fisici e concettuali in un tutt’uno.

Il gioco tra l'ideale e il reale si materializza ripetutamente in tutte le creazioni dell'artista. La forza materiale delle sue sculture si bilancia perfettamente con la delicata fragilità del suo disegno.

Maksymowicz utilizza letteralmente i mezzi di cui dispone per elevare a forma d'arte il linguaggio architettonico dei materiali da disegno e costruzione. Il suo gioco di concetti e allusioni anima la patina dell'architettura con la carne del corpo umano.


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