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Solid Universe Theory

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Solid Universe Theory - a solo exhibition of work by Martha Hope Carey, hosted @ DVAA in Gallery 1 

November 7th - 30th
- Public Opening Reception: Fri, Nov. 9th from 5pm-8pm
- Artist Talk/Closing Gathering: Wed, Nov. 28th, 6:30 pm

DVAA is proud to host Solid Universe Theory, a solo exhibition in Gallery 1 of artwork by DVAA artist member Martha Hope Carey, which will be running concurrently with two smaller exhibitions in Gallery 2.

The title of Carey’s exhibition, Solid Universe Theory, comes from an idea explored in a short story by writer Cixin Liu about beings in another universe coming to understand that their theory of reality is entirely wrong -- that the solidity they see all around them is not infinite, but exactly the opposite. Artist Martha Hope Carey read the story as a metaphor for many things, especially the experience of making meaning in a time where things around us seem suddenly and radically different from the past. The metaphors are applicable at the personal or artistic level as well, especially when considering the notion that a ‘solid universe’ (encountered any time one approaches a canvas) is transformed by an artist’s own unique physics. 

Carey paints abstractions about her reactions to the world, to others, to ideas, and to her own history. In her own words, “creating new work is about dwelling in uncertainty. It is also about being willing to be led along by a shifting balance of chance, imagination, and confidence in an aesthetic sensibility. I don't plan what I paint, it emerges; I reflect, and I feel, and I move paint and compositions emerge. Painting can be quite painful; working through something in my mind and making it comprehensible on canvas is often painful emotionally, mentally, sometimes physically. I can try to imagine what it must feel like to be the other. And that imagining is a creative act, an interpretation, the beginning of a painting, what keeps me alive.”

Martha Hope Carey was born and raised in Connecticut, went to Carleton College for her BA, Simmons College for her MA, and earned her PhD from Temple University. She has studied photography, design, and drawing, but is a self-taught painter. Carey has had group shows in venues such as Delaware Contemporary, The Plastic Club, and Da Vinci Art Alliance in Pennsylvania, as well as group and solo exhibitions in Seattle from 2001 to 2008 including at: Forgotten Works, Artists Gallery, Oasis Art Gallery, Art/NOT Terminal, Arts West, Gallery 6311, Queen Hotel Studios, Patricia Cameron Gallery, and the PONCHO Art Auction. Carey was represented by Oasis Art Gallery from 2005 to 2009.

MISSION: Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) provides artists with a community that fosters artistic expression and growth through our exhibitions and programs.

VISION: DVAA is a supportive community of artists and creatives focused on capturing the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. A luminary artist, scientist, architect, engineer, musician and humanitarian, Da Vinci’s curiosity inspires creativity, innovation and collaboration among our membership. Like Leonardo, we ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form and create new ways of engaging with and sharing our art. 

DVAA thanks our 2018 exhibition sponsors DeFino Law Associates and Seed&Space!

Earlier Event: November 9
Am I Blue - or is it the color?
Later Event: November 9
Tal R: Gallery Talk