Mary Lum, Incident 1073, 2011, photocollage and paint on paper, 9 x 12 inches
Mary Lum's work in the 2012 DeCordova Biennial was reviewed in the Boston Globe by Sebastian Smee.
January 27, 2012
Here is a quote from the review:
"...Time to turn to the good stuff. I liked Mary Lum, who lives and works in North Adams and shows in Boston at Carroll and Sons. Lum has a series of collages combining paint and photography, displayed here along the two walls of a narrow corridor. They are modestly scaled, but sprightly, and charged with a fruity sensitivity to color and a dynamic sense of space.
On one wall, the works are simpler, with fragments of color photography overlaying abstract shapes painted directly onto the wall. The other wall holds a series of busier collages that are framed and squeezed together in a horizontal row. It reads, as you move along it, like a love letter to Ellsworth Kelly, sent via Paris. For, as Kelly did in his early work, Lum uses oddly angled, close-in observations of the French capital - shop signs, the corners of buildings - as the basis of abstract compositions. Lum’s are more complex than Kelly’s, but they suggest similar whims, similar freedoms."