Two disembodies legs vulnerably meet at the knees, amid background of dripping and/or geometric shapes.

The Wauregan Gallery presents
"Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying"

These paintings were first inspired by the suicides of several teenaged boys in Fall 2010, who were bullied for being gay. Since that time, subsequent incidents of bullying and regrettably, more suicides of boys and girls, have continued to inspire the artwork. The multi-layered paintings use a colorful but sometimes unsettling palette of yellow-greens, pinks, purples, reds, and blacks. Some figurative elements emerge from the abstraction, particularly spindly or cartoonish legs which suggest vulnerability. Expressive bursts of drawing come from a personal sense of urgency and upset over the suicides; many pencil marks are not drawn lines at all, but desperate and furious tracks carved again and again through the paint. Dripping, dangling shapes conjure anguish and heartbreak suggestive of the bullied teens, but also of viewers who look on these stories from a place of adult wisdom and, perhaps, shared experience.

Exhibition on view July 1 – 29, 2011

200 Main Street
Norwich, CT
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 3:00 – 5:30, or by appointment (860-608-2661)

Opening Reception:
July 8, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Take a stand against gay bullying and then enjoy fireworks hosted by the City of Norwich.   

Maura will donate 10% of all proceeds from the exhibition to the It Gets Better Project, to support their work with gay youth. We’d love to see you at the Wauregan Gallery during the month of July, especially during the opening reception, but you don’t have to be there to buy a painting; feel free to browse Maura’s work online and then contact her to purchase a painting. Let’s give It Gets Better a big fat check at the end of July!

A range of sizes and media will be exhibited, from framed works on paper, to large paintings on wood panel, even an art installation which will be sold off piece by piece.