Resident artist Maureen Gallace exhibited work during the 2005 Open House weekend. Her modestly scaled paintings—usually no larger than a sheet of notebook paper and painted on linen, panel, or paper—return repeatedly to a handful of locales: rural stretches of Massachusetts and Connecticut and the shores of Cape Cod. Gallace often focuses on solitary houses, whose features she streamlines and simplifies in order to heighten their sense of form. Houses become cubes, often portrayed featurelessly, with no ornaments or entrances to interrupt the paint surface. Thus formalized, the Gallace house becomes an object of painterly contemplation—a device utilized to capture certain effects of climate, season, and light. Gallace’s landscapes are both occupied and vacant, and her houses keep their secrets. In these works the old familiar tropes of New England landscape painting—snow, woods, barns, sea—are renewed and revitalized. In the process, they become a little strange—imbued with a psychological and emotional ambiguity.
Maureen Gallace has exhibited internationally for a number of years at a wide range of venues, including the Art Institute of Chicago (2006); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2005); Il Capricorno, Venice and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2004); and the Dallas Museum of Art, Interim Art, London, and 303 Gallery, New York (2003). She received a BFA from the University of Hartford in 1981 and a MFA from Rutgers University in 1983. Gallace lives and works in New York