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Mary Carlson’s “Flag” Exhibition Extended To July 9 at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Humanities Gallery

Brooklyn-based artist inspired by 9/11


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is extending Mary Carlson’s exhibition “Flag” until July 9, 2010. The 10 1/2 –by-21-foot dyed and sewn fabric, inspired by the tragic events of Sept. 11, will remain on display in the Humanities Gallery on the first floor of the Humanities Building on Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. The Campus is located at 1 University Plaza, between Dekalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the work

Flags have long been a source of inspiration for Carlson's work. In the early 1990’s she created a “ghost” American flag out of sheer white fabric and has since returned to the theme several times. During the winter of 2002, she noticed many of the flags put on display after 9/11 had started to fade. That memory compelled Carlson to return to create the work “Flag” earlier this year.

She created the work by dying cotton fabric to match the faded colors of the Sept. 11 flags, incorporating a combination of hand and machine sewing. Blowing the fabric are small electric fans—made in China.

About the artist

Mary Carlson is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist. Her artwork often references existing objects. She recently finished a series of clay sculptures that use paintings of St. Margaret of Antioch as the starting point. She has created living room furniture (slightly altered), porcelain birds (slightly damaged) and porcelain plates (slightly cracked). She has crocheted giant squid and octopus out of yarn and giant red splats out of copper wire.

Carlson’s work has been shown at the New Museum in New York City, the Vienna Kunsthalle, the 1995 Venice Biennale and the Deste Foundation in Athens, Greece. She has had solo exhibitions at Max Protetch, Bill Maynes, Curt Marcus and Holly Solomon galleries. Carlson is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information about the exhibition call Nancy Grove at (718) 488-1198.

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Posted 06/28/2010

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