Bio

Margo Ray is a printmaker, painter and book artist from the Big Island of Hawai’i. She holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a BA in Studio Arts from University of Hawaii at Hilo. She currently lives in Honoka’a and is co-owner, with her husband of Ironwood Custom Framing and Design in Kamuela, Hawaii.

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Photo by Sally Lundburg

AGGROculture

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Founded in 2010, AGGROculture is a Hawaii based art collective consisting of Margo Ray, Scott Yoell, Keith Tallett and Sally Lundburg. We create, showcase and promote cutting edge and challenging concepts in contemporary art. Being just East of West, Hawaii is a microcosm for issues of local and global concern. We explore this rich culture and diversity in our work, and strive to be a voice counter to the fiction of paradise and pre-contact idealism.
As a collective we support and encourage each other’s art practices, collaborate on themed exhibitions, and present other artists to our island community.

Find out more at aggroculture.org

Artist Statement

My art practice is collage based. I approach my work through the process of collection: postcards, tourist memorabilia and photography. I make notebooks with the raw material that I collect - my process is intuitive, random and excessive and represents artistic responses to my experience of the world. In my installation works I have evolved an iconic language inspired by Hawaiian Ranching culture utilizing collage, print media, sculpture and animation. Inspired by the Hawaiian landscape where I was raised, where the ‘wild west’ of American myth is here pushed to the edge of westward expansion. I create surreal compositions using the allegory of landscape that integrate drawn and photographic images of animals, plants, explosions, comets and airplanes. In them I explore notions of displacement, vulnerability and authenticity as well as my relationship to natural and super natural worlds; drawing attention to the complicated triangulation of relationships between man, land, and animal and the notions of freedom, domestication and prey.

Contact

Get in touch with Margo at the following address:

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2003-2006

Concordia University, Master of Fine Arts, Print Media.
Montreal, Quebec

1999-2002

University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. Graduated with Honors.
Hilo, Hawai’i

2001

Peking University, Chinese culture study summer program
Peking, China

1995

Evergreen State College, first year program in arts and public service.
Olympia, Washington

Solo and 2-3 Person Exhibitions

2010

The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI. July 16-Oct.15 “Between Worlds, Waters Flow”

Second Street Gallery, 115 Second St. SE, Charlottesville, Virginia. June-July “Sublime Spaces, Forgotten Places”

2009

Centre D’Exposition De Val-David, 2495 rue de L’Eglise, Val-David, Quebec. Sept 19-Nov 15, “Seconde Nature”, with Valerie Levasseur and Monique Gagne

Hui No’eau Visual Art Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Maui Aug 21-Sept, “Postcards, Snapshots and Collected Lamentations”

IdSpace, Kurtistown, Hawaii Island www.hiartmagazine.com, Jan-Feb, “Containment Landscapes”

2007

Town, 3453 Wai’alae Ave, Honolulu, HI Nov 6-Jan 7 “Tales of Fortune and Disguise”

Arts at Marks’s Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI. Nov 29- Jan 6 “The Sun Never Sets” with Susan Maddox and Adam Chapman.

2006

Kahilu Theatre Gallery, 67-1886 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI. Oct 15-Nov 3 “Palanehe-Noiseless” with Laurie Anderson “The End of the Moon”

Parisian Laundry, 3550 St.Antoine West, Montreal. March 10-25 “Splendid Isolation”

2004

Bourget Gallery, 1230 de la Montagne, Montreal. Dec1-15 “Surprisingly Narrow Paths” Video and collage installation.

Roy Street Collective, rue Roy, Montreal. May 31-June14 “Postcards, Snapshots and Apocalyptic Surreal Landscapes”

University of Hawaii Campus Center Gallery, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI, “Alumni in Exhibition”

2003

Dean’s Office Student Art Exhibition, Dean of Arts and Sciences Office, University of Hawai’i at Hilo. January 15- May 15

2002

Mayor’s Foyer Exhibition, Mayor’s Office, Hilo, Hawai’i. November 15- January 15

Group Exhibitions

2012

AGGRO Roadshow
Fishcake
Honolulu, HI

Hui No’eau Annual Juried Exhibition Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center Makawao, Maui

84th Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibitiion Honolulu, HI

2011

Loose Women
Fishcake
Honolulu, Hawaii

2010

AGGROCulture
The Arts At Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii and The Wailoa Art Center, Hilo, Hawaii.

Regionalism: New Art By North American Printmakers
DIVA Center
Eugene, Oregon

82nd Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition
Honolulu, HI

2009

Accession 09’: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection
The Hawaii State Art Museum
Honolulu, Hawaii

ComPRESS
The Arts at Mark’s Garage
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Memory of Water
The East Hawaii Cultural Center
Hilo, Hawaii

81st Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibition
Honolulu, Hawaii

2006

Rotary Blue
Galerie Circulaire
Montreal, Quebec

Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibition
Honolulu, Hawaii

2005

Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibition
Honolulu, Hawaii

Clean Hands
VAV Gallery
Montreal, Quebec

Public Collections and Awards

2011

Hawai’i Sate Foundation on Culture and The Arts , Art in Public Places Collection, ‘Once Upon A Cowboy”

2010

2010 Hawai’i Sate Foundation on Culture and The Arts, Art in Public Places Collection, ‘Containment Landscape #6-Print Version”

2009

Hawai’i Sate Foundation on Culture and The Arts , Art in Public Places Collection, ‘Containment Landscape #4-Print Version”

2008

Contempo 2008, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, “Containment Landscape #4”

2004

Biblioteque National du Quebec Artist Book Collection ‘Water Tank’, 44-page hand made book work.

Grants and Residencies

2011

St. Michael's Printshop
Visiting Artist Residency
St. John's, Newfoundland

2009

Kala Art Institute
One-Month Artist In Residence
Berkeley, California

2008

Atelier de I’lle
Emerging Artist Residency Grant
Val-David, Quebec

2003

Interuniversitaire des arts mediatiques
CAIM Grants for Students
Montreal, Quebec

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