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Mary Belknap

Using an array of media, Mary Belknap (b. 1944) subjects each artwork to her rigorous patterning and mark making. Made from short swatches of scribbled color and intersections of loose lines, her work hovers between the formal and the gestural. The repetitions of small marks coalesce as building blocks for the larger structures in her work, while discrete bits of color generate action and movement within the individual piece as a whole, allowing it to reform with each viewing, never settling on a fixed definition. Recently, her emphasis has shifted from covering the whole picture plane to only the edges of the paper, leaving segments empty space or “portals” for the imagination. And in comparison with the electric vibrancy of the works she made when she joined Creativity Explored in 1995, Belknap’s palette has also softened into a quiet elegance that intensifies the uniqueness of her mark making and composition.

Belknap’s work was chosen by CB2 as the basis for a limited edition rug and was also featured in Create, a traveling exhibition that first opened at University Of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011.

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Samples of Belknap's work





Selected Exhibitions

2012
Out of Order, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
: / - Mark : / - Mark : / - Mark : / -, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Where Are We?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

2009
Repetition, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
Art Repurposed, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA
The Untitled, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Finders Keepers, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Spirits and Saints, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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