Mj Viano Crowe, CMCA
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
"All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt", October 12019—March 29, 2020
Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, artists on view range from mid-century masters such as Aaron Siskind and Harold Edgerton to contemporary figures who are advancing the photographic medium today.
Artists included in the show: David Akiba, Lucas Blalock, Karl Blossfeldt, Doug Bosch, Stephen Brigidi, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Harold Edgerton, Lalla Essaydi, Audrey Flack, Hilary French, Corin Hewitt, Henry Horenstein, Lucy Kim, Justin Kimball, Michael Kolster, Calvin Kowal, Salvatore Mancini, Abelardo Morell, Yamini Nayar, Matt Saunders, Gary Schneider, Kahn/Selesnick, Erin Shirreff, Aaron Siskind, Neal Slavin, Edward Steichen, and Bradford Washburn.
The artcoop ART Library, Brooklyn, NY
3 Books in the collection:
1. The Invisible Unknown
2. I Bear Witness
3. Between Two Worlds
Mj Viano Crowe/Maine Farmland Trust
Maryjean Viano Crowe creates mixed media three-dimensional works that have a strong physical presence, achieved by the bountiful accumulation of textured papers, plastic toys, and flea market flotsam incrusted in the work. Within the work, Viano Crowe explores the house as a sacred vessel that holds histories sometimes visible, but often not. Regardless of the format, representations of the female figure typically perform on the various stages Maryjean creates for them. Cloistered within their own private universes, her subjects expressions seldom reveal more than subtle hints about their actual inner selves. Orbiting the background, often structured in the style of manuscript illuminations, is a complex planetary arrangement of fanciful ephemera from birds to insects, to flora and fauna, visually suggesting an extension of the central figures intricate, emotional worlds.
I have several youtube videos published under this name, Lola DeVino, a type of lettuce! I have others but they were published under pseudonyms I no longer recall!
BOOK:"ALTERED BOOKS, COLLABORATIVE JOURNALS", Holly Harrison
"Explores creative processes when artists make their own distinctive mark."
BOOK:"MIXED-MEDIA COLLAGE" , Holly Harrison
Explores techniques and art works of contemporary collage artists.
BOOK:"WRITING ON THE BODY: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory", Conboy, Medina, Stanbury
"Explores tension between women's lived bodily experiences and cultural meanings inscribed on the female body."
VIDEO:CHAMBERS OF THE HEART:In the Studio
Video biography of Maryjean Viano Crowe, painter, photographer, mixed media artist. By Sam Tolman
VIDEO:I BEAR WITNESS: Argentina, Egypt, Searsport, Maine
8th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival Artist/Poet Collaborations: MARYJEAN VIANO CROWE + Elizabeth W. Garber, 2012.
VIDEO:CIRCLE OF RESISTANCE, January 2013
Citizens form a 202-foot diameter circle to demonstrate the footprint of a monstrous LPG tank proposed by Duke Conoco-Phillips for the coastal village of Searsport, Maine.
NEW YORK TIMES: February 23, 2013
"A Proposal for a Propane Tank Looms Large Over a Maine Coastal Town."(Relates to "I BEAR WITNESS", VIDEO GALLERY)