Masley’s drawings and installations manipulate, recombine and then layer urban topographies and built structures beyond recognizability. They become unpredictable; seeped in an emotional and political urban texture of changing landscape and borders. Masley’s base images of radical buildings give way to a surface that is reminiscent of withering impractical facades and give us the illusion of structure, animated texture and misshapen order that we need to comprehend the visual situation that surrounds our modern life today.
Cultural theorist and curator Aaron Levy offers an alternative view of cities: “Cities are more than just habitats or geographical entities; they extend beyond networks of communication, commerce, sociality or politics. Cities often exist in the form of memories and aspirations, and these cities are no less real despite their intangible nature. We always carry with us the memories of the cities that we have lived in or lost, abandoned or destroyed. These memories permit us to rebuild them from their ruins; we build new cities upon the memories of others.”
Masley aims to question the complex web of relationships between architecture, structures and topographies that translate into asking, ”What of the ideas, time and places that gave us geodesic domes, interchangeable ‘cube’ buildings, or cities that float on oceans? What happened to our dreams of the future city? These cities where growing populations impact the urban fabric directly are our memories built one upon another.”
In other mental landscapes, viewers are offered a rare opportunity to see a group of Masley’s drawings made from 2005 to 2011 paired with a new, site-specific installation. As we trace Masley’s investigation through her drawings and into the new installation, we find her bringing the forms and structures of the drawings and installations into a closer, tighter conversation, one that continues to ask, “What if it looked like this ….?”
Born in Washington, DC, Masley grew up in Columbia, Maryland. She received her BFA from West Virginia University, her MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently working toward her MS in Design and Urban Ecology at Parsons, The New School of Design. Selected residencies include: Manhattan Graphics Center New York, NY; Triangle Arts Residency, New York, NY; Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Action Art Actuel, Quebec, Canada; Künstlerwohnung Chretzeturm, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland; Schinkel-Progressive Residency, Berlin, Germany and Kunstlerhaus Salzburg International Residency, Salzburg, Austria. She has received grants from: the Puffin Foundation and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation.
Masley’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibits at: Lu Magnus Gallery, New York, NY; Wirksworth Art and Architecture, Derbyshire, England, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; Galerjia 01, Zagreb, Croatia; the Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York; and Smack Mellon Gallery, New York, NY. Masley lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Lu Magnus Gallery, New York, NY.
Founded in 2001, the Teaching Gallery has presented more than 50 exhibits and lectures by contemporary professional artists of regional, national and international standing, as well as annual exhibitions by students in Hudson Valley’s highly regarded Fine Arts and Digital Media programs. Since 2007, the gallery has been housed in the award-winning Administration Building, designed by Architecture+ of Troy, NY. Through its exhibitions, the gallery serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Fine Arts and Digital Media degree programs and Gallery Management students, providing hands-on experience organizing, installing and maintaining exhibitions.
Gallery exhibits are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs. All exhibits are installed and assisted by students in Gallery Management classes.