Giulia Piera Livi: Touch/Plush & Britny Wainwright: Bedclothes
October 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, 1st Floor
Giulia Piera Livi and Britny Wainwright present installations of recent work in two adjacent solo exhibitions.
Working in painting and installation, Livi investigates interior design, focusing on the both the absurdity and appeal of curated home spaces. Her immersive rooms employ color and form to work out ideas surrounding objects and functions. Britny Wainwrigh constructs ceramic and mixed media sculptures that blend traditions of painting and ornament. Deeply invested in pulling apart the historically gendered hierarchy surrounding decoration and high art, she advocates for assertive decorative language in the gallery.
About the artists:
Giulia Piera Livi’s work has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at Viridian Artists (New York, NY, 2018 curated by Chrissie Ilse), Studio Arts Center International (Florence, Italy, 2018), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD, 2017), Gallery B (Bethesda, MD, 2017), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD, 2017), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA, 2017), Woskob Family Gallery (State College, PA, 2017), and the Philadelphia Sketch Club (Philadelphia, PA 2017), She recently participated in the Spring 2018 Solo series at Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA). Livi earned a B.F.A. from Penn State University (2015) and an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA (2017). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an Education Assistant at the Walters Art Museum. Livi was a 2017 Bethesda Trawick Young Artist Award Winner, and a 2017 and 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist.
Britny Wainwright (1990) has shown at The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, The “X Space” Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, among others. Several works will be featured in an upcoming travelling exhibition “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art”, set to begin at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art summer 2018. Currently, Britny is serving as Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Denison University in Granville, Ohio for the 2017-18 academic year. She earned an M.F.A. in ceramics from Ohio State University in 2017, and a B.F.A. from Alfred University in 2012. In 2013 she held the position of Chili Bowl Intern at The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Britny was born and raised in upstate New York, and is now based in Columbus, Ohio.