Marcie Miller Gross, Sheared #2, 2011, industrial felt. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

Marcie Miller Gross, Sheared #1 (background), Working Parts (right foreground),  2011, industrial felt. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

Elemental Meditations on the Felt and Unfelt Forms of Geometry

Marcie Miller Gross, Sheared #2, 2011, industrial felt. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

Marcie Miller Gross, Sheared #2 (detail). Photo: E.G. Schempf.

 

The Studios Exhibitons Space, Inc.
1708 Campbell Street
816-994-7434
Kansas City
Concentrations  Marcie Miller Gross
September 9-October 21, 2011

Marcie Miller Gross has pursued an artistic and academic career in Kansas City since receiving her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1990.  She recently completed a commission for the American Institute of Architects/Kansas City with the Art Through Architecture collaborative program between the AIA and Charlotte Street Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in Dolphin Gallery, Chapman Gallery at Kansas State University, Cranbrook Art Museum, Byron Cohen Gallery, including a solo exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in 2005.  Miller Gross has held academic appointments at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas from 1996-2008.

Her sculpture and installation work has been reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture, Art Papers, I. D Magazine, Review, and Kansas City Star with publications including Hothouse: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook 1970-2007  and 10/Charlotte Street Foundation 10th Anniversary catalog.  She has received many awards and honors including the Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts KCFund Inspiration Grant, Review Studios Fund/Brad and Linda Nicholson Foundation.  Her work is held in many public & corporate collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrews-McMeel Universal Publishing, Missouri Bank, Helix Architecture and Design, Fishnet Securities, Inc., George K. Baum and Company, and in private collections in Los Angeles, Detroit and Kansas City.

"Within this new body of work, I am fascinated with elemental, abstract form. Through an accumulative means of building with utilitarian materials, primarily industrial felt, I examine the visual, visceral relationship of mass and void, of physicality and weight, and the absorptive silence of these small and large scale solids. They have evolved from and influenced one another in their expressive materiality, their imprecision and restraint. My interest in the mundane, repetitious activity of cutting, shearing, and stacking, finds its focus in organization and reduction with parallels in minimalism and mono-ha.

"Informed by systems of nature and geometry, these objects are rooted in Froebel’s gifts and German modernism, animal and mineral, and architectonic fragment with multiple associations ranging from parts and arrangements, stone markers, wedges, blocks and slabs. Also critical to my thinking, working process is intuitive response, drawing, and redrawing in search of balanced measure and subtle, distilled form.

— Marcie Miller Gross,
September 2011

Gross's recent solo exhibitions include:
2011New Work, The Studios Exhibition Space, Kansas City, Missouri;
2008a part, Review Studios Exhibition Space, Kansas City, Missouri;
2007New Work, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri;
2006Marcie Miller Gross: Density, Paragraph, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, Missouri;
2005foldoverfold, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, brochure;
2003Recent Work, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
2001To Fold, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; and, Collecting, sorting, dredging, folding …, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.

Recent group exhibitions include:
2011Be Good or Be Gone, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; Plunder the Influence, The Storytellers, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine,
Portland, Maine, catalog;
2010Group Show, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; Drawing Equivalents, Anne Lindberg & Marcie Miller Gross, Chapman Gallery, Kansas
State University, Manhattan, Kansas;
2009Transformations: The Ordinary to the Extraordinary, Reno Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, curator: Barbara Bloemink, (cancelled);
2008Kansas City Flatfiles, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri;
2007Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook 1970-2007, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, catalog, website; Systems: Working Drawings Anne Lindberg, Marcie Miller Gross, Jim Woodfill, Paragraph, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, Missouri;
2006Review Studios Group Exhibition, Review Studios Exhibition Space, Kansas City, Missouri
2004Moving In Moving Out, Flex Storage Systems, Topeka, Kansas, catalog
Summer Group Exhibition, Byron Cohen Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; SlopArt, Gallery of Art, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa;
2003Is/Was, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri;
2002Charlotte Street Fund 2002 Exhibition, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas City, brochure; Daum Museum Acquisitions Collection, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri.

Gross's honors and awards include:
2010Site Specific Installation/Commission, Art Through Architecture, American Institute of Architects/Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri;
2009Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC Fund, Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City, Missouri;
2008Art Through Architecture, Charlotte Street Foundation + American Institute of Architects, Kansas City, Missouri, participating artist;
2007Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop Retreat, Kansas City, Missouri;
2006Nominee, United States Artists Fellowship, Los Angeles, California.

After Ghostcatching, 2010Marcie Miller Gross, Installation View, Sheared #2, Slab (6 and 5), Working Parts (wedges, blocks slabs),  2011,  industrial felt, basswood, found wood, mdf, steel. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

 

Marcie Miller Gross, Installation View, Working Parts (wedges, blocks, slabs), Sheared #1, Slab (line), (2) Wedges, Alternating Line, Cream Line, Sheared #2  2011, industrial felt, basswood, found wood, mdf, steel, graphite and ink wash on paper. Photo: E.G. Schempf.