Artist Spotlight: Margie Livingston

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Margie Livingston

Seattle-based multi-media artist Margie Livingston explores age and destruction in her new solo exhibition at Culver City’s Luis De Jesus Gallery.

By Emily Nimptsch


Merging the body with acrylic sculpture and action paintings, Margie Livingston takes the viewer through the painful process of entropy and dysfunction. Her collapsed grids made of poured paint skins over three-dimensional string sculptures ache with frailty and disuse. Her draped wall sculptures resemble both a sheet hung over a hook and slumping, sagging flesh.

The most arresting work in this collection is her performative dragged painting. Taking inspiration from both Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings and Jesus Christ’s Procession of the Calvary, the artist straps an over-sized canvas to her back and “takes it for a walk.” Gathering grime and the bewildered glares passers-by, Livingston accepts this shame and weight. Here, she asserts that artwork, like the body, is both divine and temporal.


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


Margie Livingston


“Holding It Together” is on view at Luis De Jesus until May 28th.

Check out Margie Livingston’s website here.

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Hailing from sunny Florida, Emily studied Art History at Mount Holyoke, a small women’s college near Boston. After graduation, she moved to LA and embarked on an editorial career. Emily has penned features for such noted publications as Flaunt Magazine, Artillery, and Culture Collide. She can often be found enjoying the city’s vibrant music and art scene.

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