Mindy Bray | Urban Idyll

Artist Statement
Urban Idyll examines the everyday spaces that occupy both built and natural environments; places such as city parks, wilderness trails and residential landscapes, liminal places that trace the complex relationship between people and their habitat. Through the use of pattern, reduction and materiality, the works in this exhibition represent a longing for connection, a hope to enrich our everyday lives with an authentic experience of the natural world. Yet, they also reveal a desire to order and alter our environment, in order to place it comfortably within our urban framework, and the quirks that arise in the process. In the works on paper, in cut resin, and on the wall, organic shapes are simplified, qualified, and ordered; their shapes give way to those of bridges or railings and their patterns are reduced to one. Imagery of rivers feature prominently, as they are often the natural feature that attracted habitation. The mutable quality of rivers allows them to meander between and through cities, to take the shape of their natural path, or to flow through canals, over in-stream structures, or under bridges. They describe a subjective experience of a manipulated environment, one that is filled with both idiosyncrasy and hope.

Bio
Mindy Bray was born in North Dakota and has lived in Denver since 2006. Mindy earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa in 2005, where she also studied in the Intermedia program.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally, including Rule Gallery and Ironton in Denver and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Michigan. She has two permanent public commissions in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center and the new Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport. Mindy was a resident at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado in 2009, and she taught drawing and foundations for six years at the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University.

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