Interior News Feed / Mary Temple




red vinyl letters on south facing window, natural light

On a south facing window in the gallery, red vinyl letters spell out a phrase Temple has selected from one of the drawings’ captions. Here Temple brings the outside world into the installation by harnessing the sun’s ray to activate the piece, creating a rectangular shard of light with a shadow “headline” formed by the vinyl letters. The headline travels across the floor of the room each day—like a news feed—as the sun rotates across the sky.
About the Artist
Primarily known for her trompe l'oeil installations, her cross-discipline practice utilizes painting, sculpture and drawing. Informational spin, false documents, and verisimilitude all play important conceptual roles in Temple's work.  
Temple has exhibited her work internationally and throughout the United States. She has completed commissioned projects for solo and group shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Rice Gallery, Houston, TX; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, New York; UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan; among many others. In 2016 the artist completed a permanent public project for the City of New York’s Percent for Arts program, at the historic landmark preservation site, McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which received the Mayor’s Excellence in Design Award for 2017.  
Temple is the recipient of the 2010 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, the 2010 Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, a 2010 and 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Painting, and was NYFA’s Lily Auchincloss Fellow in Painting in 2007. 
April 26, 2008 – January 11, 2009
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