The City of Boynton Beach’s Public Arts Program has announced their next art exhibition, Dual Conversations, featuring textiles by two South Florida artists – Laura Marsh and Gillian Kennedy Wright. The exhibition will be on display beginning Opening Night (Friday, October 8 - 5:30 pm) through Saturday, November 20 at the Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center, 125 East Ocean Ave. in Downtown Boynton. Opening night will feature a “Meet & Greet” with both artists. Admission is free. Exhibition hours for the duration of the exhibit are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm.
“The City is thrilled to kick off the 2021/2022 Art season with two local textile artists who speak directly to their audiences through words and symbols,” according to Boynton Beach Public Art Manager Glen Weiss.
Laura Marsh is a textile artist with a social practice. She sews fabrics into the format of heraldic medieval banners used for the public identity of states, cities and important families. She adds words in the spirit of sayings on needlepoint samplers or political street posters. Banners include “Power can be taken but not given” and “Masked and on task.” Since moving to Miami in 2017, Marsh's work has been presented at several significant spaces including Locust Projects, Dimensions Variable, Girl's Club, Mana Contemporary, Oolite Arts and ArtCenter South Florida. She developed much of the Boynton work at a 2020 residency at Miami's Dering Estate and at the Siena Art Institute in Italy.
In 2020, Marsh participated in the Flag Project at Rockefeller Center, NYC and the A.I.M. Biennial during Art Basel Miami. Marsh received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Gillian Kennedy Wright is graphic designer who focuses on works in textiles. She stiches the colorful west African ankara print fabrics into the shape of Ghana’s adrinkra symbols that provide identity of families and cultures. She calls the work “F is for Freedom,” referencing the symbol “Fawohodie” that is part of the phase “independence comes with its responsibilities.”
Kennedy Wright was born in Jamaica and studied at the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts in Kingston. She worked professionally as graphic designer for many years in Toronto, Canada. Recently she established her home and studio in Lake Park, Florida. In 2021, her work was presented at the gallery of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County in Lake Worth and in the Kinetic Biennial in Downtown Boynton.
For more information, contact Glenn Weiss, Public Arts Manager at 561-742-6494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.