Madeleine Cutrona
Under the Floorboards
October 13 – November 5, 2017
Artist Talk: Friday, October 13, 4:00 PM, Hartnett Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Hartnett Gallery

*All events are free and open to the public

Hartnett Gallery is pleased to present Madeleine Cutrona’s Under the Floorboards as the second exhibition of the 2017/18 calendar year. Join us for an opening night reception celebrating this unique exhibition.

Cutrona’s practice explores the world in which she lives and the world in which she wants to exist. She is uneasy with the traditional economic benchmarks of adulthood and uncertain as to how to exist in a world that is unapologetically inequitable. The lukewarm recovery of the Great Recession failed to restore the once heralded passageways to perceived middle class stability: a college education, full-time employment, and homeownership. A deep fascination with how people organize themselves is the seed of her art practice. Whether she is considering a small group of individuals or a society, she is intrigued by how people create meaning through ritual, how social norms influence behavior, and how authority impacts relationships.
The foundation of her work is absent-minded doodles, cut paper, photographs, collages, stray marks, and drawings. By themselves, these iterations explore material, texture, pattern, and color. Often, she scans these explorations and incorporates digital renderings, allowing drawing and editing programs to be mark-making tools, akin to pencil or crayon. Sometimes the work is displayed as digital prints, while other times they become collages, incorporating slices of prints and found materials. She approaches her role as that of an editor, selecting, parsing down, and sorting.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, October 13, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with an artist talk in the gallery at 4:00 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through November 5.