On Thursday, here July 10th, Perimeter Gallery opens “Standard”, an exhibition of new banners by South Portland artist Karen Gelardi. A reception to meet the artist will be held that evening from 6 to 8 pm.
Gelardi’s colorful geometric fabric assemblies are the second series of banners to be shown by the artist at Perimeter Gallery. Gelardi’s new works are minimal, animated, compositions of sewn linen shapes. The work is a departure from her previous banner exhibit in its simplicity and direct connection to design and production.
The new banners were produced with a mass manufacturing approach utilizing standardized components, design processes, and the labor of the Maine-based workshop, New Factories. Banners, by their nature, signify individual and group identities— military, religious, trade unions, and radicals. The work in the exhibit, Standard, explores an alignment with the utopian modernist principles of the Bauhaus where artists and mass-manufacturing are reconciled.
Karen Gelardi studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and has been influenced by the design and manufacturing processes of her family’s plastics factory in Biddeford. She has exhibited widely in New England, including a solo shows at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and Coleman Burke Gallery in New York.
“Standard” will be on view through August 24th. Perimeter Gallery is located in Chase’s Daily at 96 Main Streeet in Belfast. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 7-5, and Sunday, 8-2. For more information, call 338-0555.