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MaryKate Maher
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: In my practice, I begin by researching and mining the textures of nature and the post-industrial landscape. Starting from this place, I fabricate objects that resemble smooth river-rocks, sections of concrete, chunks of marble and knotted wood burls: a heterogeneous mixture of man-made and naturally occurring debris. These fabricated objects become foundational units in my sculptural process. I look for ways that these forms might relate to each other. I work towards arrangements that are “coercive” in some sense, symbiotic but not agreeably so. One element supports another in a tentative foundation.
This work comes out of my interest in cairns, balancing rocks, site-markers and totems. Evoking a sense of intervention, these structures have the quality of “the temporary fix.” Such artifacts exhibit a care in the craftsmanship, which is delicate but not precious: a monolith is shimmed from beneath to help straighten it out. The stacking of cairns is rather aesthetic for something meant to be practical, many small movements that when combined make up a larger, spatially impressive structure.
I use industrial materials to mimic organic forms: a carved salt-lick takes on the qualities of sculpted marble, a discarded Styrofoam chunk is actually cast from high-grade statuary resin. I use balance and hidden supports to give the impression that objects defy the limits of weight & gravity. They cling and lean on each other for mutual support. Many of my sculptures and works on paper contain inlaid c-prints of diffused voids, broken surfaces and out-of-¬focus halos. These elements become moments of visual vibration, resisting the definition of foreground and background, animating and obscuring the surface on which they are placed.
The works become formalized as I reconfigure individually crafted objects until they become a larger, cohesive sculpture. Approached like drawing in the round, I build and erase until the form feels correct. The individual objects have no loyalty to each other. This creates an interesting tension between concept and formality. Pedestals are not necessary, objects exist on the floor as if put aside for later use. Some works interact with the wall. There is an intimacy in this, the viewer is a party to the negotiation of forms.

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2008 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2004 MFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2001 BFA Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

1999 The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK



Artspace, Geometric Geologic:Laura Moriarty & MaryKate Maher, Raleigh, NC


Nurture Art, Braced Position, Brooklyn, NY (solo)

Daylight Savings, Parallel Grounds: Work by MaryKate Maher and Willie Wayne Smith, Broolyn, NY


Real Art Ways, Auspicious Positions, Hartford, CT (solo)


Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, White Noise, curated by Devrim Kadirbeyoglu, Brooklyn, NY


Kelly Writer’s House, University of Pennsylvania, Dissolution of the (w)hole, Philadelphia, PA (solo)



SRO Gallery,There Is Absolutely No Inevitability As Long As There Is A Willingness To Contemplate What Is Happening, Jo Baer, MaryKate Maher and Don DeMauro, curated by John Ros, Brooklyn, NY

Sardine,Space Oddity, curated by Matthew Mahler, Brooklyn, NY

Projekt722, In Our Cave We See Shadows, curated by Fanny Allié & Ketta Ioannidou, Brooklyn, NY

99 cent plus, Magic Object, curated by Rico Gatson, Brooklyn, NY

Ground Floor Gallery, Hello Again, Bushwick!, Brooklyn, NY

TSA Gallery, Night Flight, curated by Jackie Hoving and Norm Paris, Brooklyn, NY

The Buggy Factory, Passing, Left, curated by Enrico Gomez and The Dorado Project, Brooklyn, NY

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, In Between Meanings, curated by Rachel Phillips, New York, NY

2014, The Communal Table, curated by Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht, feature issue 115

The Parlour Bushwick, Show #9, Brooklyn, NY


Interstate Projects, In Free Fall, curated by Rachel Steinberg, Brooklyn, NY

The Wassaic Project, Homeward Found, Wassaic, NY


Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill Project V, Peekskill, NY

BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 8 Artists Making Sculpture, curated by Jamie Sterns, BRIC Arts| Media | Bklyn, Brooklyn, NY

AIRPLANE, Grounded, curated by Rico Gatson, Brooklyn, NY

The Onderdonk House, Sculpture Garden, curated by Lesley Heller and Deborah Brown, Queens, NY

BRIC Rotunda Gallery, The Bricoleurs, curated by Christian Fuller and Risa Shoup, Brooklyn, NY


Kunstwerk Carlshutte, NordArt 2011, Budelsdorf, Germany

Das Gift, A4, curated by Una Tittel, Berlin, Germany

Centotto, Landscapes Metamorphic, Topologies Chrometoplastic, Brooklyn, NY

STOREFRONT, New Year New Work New Faces, Brooklyn, NY

Socrates Sculpture Park, Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition 2010, Queens NY

Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Exquisite Corpse, Newark NJ

Union Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, New York, NY

Silvershed, ABCyz, New York, NY

C.R.E.A.M. projects, Whitney’s Bi-ennial, Brooklyn NY

Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement, Twin Infinities, New York, NY

Marlboro Gallery at Prince George College, Sculpture Exhibition, Largo MD

Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Au Courant, Brooklyn, NY

Takt kunstprojektraum, Die Ansammlung, Berlin, Germany

Vox Populi, Voxxoxo, Philadelphia, PA

D.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Coercive Atmospherics, Brooklyn NY


A.I.R. Gallery, 2016-17 Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY

The Studios at MASS MoCA, Residency, North Adams, MA

The Wassaic Project, Residency, Wassaic, NY

Rema Hort Mann Foundation (Nominee) Emerging Artist Grant, New York, NY

Wassaic Project, Residency, Wassaic, NY

Franconia Sculpture Park, Open Studio Fellowship, Franconia, MN

Yaddo, Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, NY

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Sculpture Fellowship, New York, NY

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant, New York, NY

Socrates Sculpture Park, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens, NY

Vermont Studio Center, Residency and Grant, Johnson, VT

Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, Artist in Residence, New York NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Takt kunstprojektraum, Artist’s Residency, Berlin, Germany

Vermont Studio Center, Residency and Grant, Johnson, VT

MacDowell Colony, Fellowship, Peterborough NH

MacArthur Transportation Award, The MacDowell Colony travel grant,
Peterborough, NH

MFA Faculty Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Joan Mitchell Foundation (Nominee) MFA Grant Program

Justine Cretella Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA

Arcadia University Gallery Award, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA


_Lesser, Casey : Artsy, "15 New York Gallery Shows Where You'll Find Exciting Young Artists This June, "June 2, 2016

_D'Agostino, Paul: Brooklyn Magazine, "Enchantments Aplenty: Magic Object" July 27, 2015, "The Communal Table" Feature Issue 115 December 3, 2014

_Vartanian, Hrag: Hyperallergic "The Story of 13 Artists Who Sat Down at a Communal Table" May 30, 2014

_D'Agostino, Paul: L Magazine "5 Brooklyn Artists You Need to Know" Vol 12 No 6, March 2014

_Dunne, Susan: Hartford Current "Jamie Sneider, MaryKate Maher At Real Art Ways,One Exhibit Challenges Concepts Of Landscape, Another Inspired By Collaboration With Father" January 23, 2013,0,6752406.story

_Real Art Ways, "MaryKate Maher - Auspicious Positions" exhibition catalog, 2013

_Signed X. Issue 1, 18-24. Summer 2012

_D'Agostino, Paul: L Magazine "Grounded: Sculpted Beauty" August 15, 2012

_Johnson, Paddy: Art Fag City "Recommended Bushwick Open Studio: MaryKate Maher" May 31, 2012

_Blumenthal, Carl: Brooklyn Daily Eagle " Exhibits at Rotunda are a Mixed Bag" February 9, 2012

_BRIC Rotunda Gallery, The Bricoleurs, Exhibition Catalog, January 2012

_DiMeo, Mia: "Unhinged" January 16, 2012

_Kunstwerk Carlshutte NordArt 2011 Exhibition Catalog, 204. June 2011

_Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, Newark. Exquisite Corpse: Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary Exhibition Catalog, November 19, 2009

_Harper, Alana: "I Wanna Make Art With Somebody" August 29, 2009

_Walleston, Aimee: Art in America "Whitney's Biennial Gives Young Artists a Second Chance at a Biennial." August 28, 2009 - news/2009-08-28/whitneys-biennial/

_Kim, Joan: The Greenpoint Gazette "Whitney's Biennial" September 3, 2009

_Williams, James Jay III: BOMBlog, Bomb Magazine "Out and About, Twin Infinities" June 22, 2009

_Nooan Magazine. Issue #1 Animal, 9. June 2008

_Haikes, Belinda. Life, the Universe and Art. October 27, 2007

_Fallon, Roberta: Philadelphia Weekly "Hair Force: Vox's provocative art gets to your heart" July 18, 2007

_Cohen, David: Artworld Digest, Seed Issue, 7, 2007


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