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Nora Sturges: On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders

April 26 - June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26 6-8pm

On certain floors
certain wonders.
Pale dirty light,
some captured iceberg
being prevented from melting.
See the mechanical moons,
sick, being made
to wax and wane
at somebody’s instigation.

— Elizabeth Bishop, Varick Street

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders, an exhibition of recent paintings by Nora Sturges which depict an imagined world of arctic ruin.

Strange scenes of a desolate land are occupied by man-made objects and structures – a tarmac, satellite dish, stanchions and wood planks. Vacant rooms and hallways of industrial banality suggest a subterranean facility where life has retreated indoors. The sparseness and specificity of these ordinary subjects, added to the intimate scale and detailed brushwork of Sturges’s paintings, inspire a complex narrative of life on a distant frontier. Although devoid of any human figure, these works signal a lingering presence of some unknown inhabitant, recently departed.

Nora Sturges received her BA in studio art from Bowdoin College and her MFA in painting from Ohio University. She has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally, including recent group exhibitions in Toronto, Berlin and Montreal. She is the recipient of three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sturges currently lives and works in Baltimore, where she is a professor and head of Painting and Drawing at Towson University.

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