Standing Still…In the Abstract: Works by Mary-Ann Prack

From Left to Right: O, Tutu, The Other Side

From Left to Right: O, Tutu, The Other Side

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Standing Still…in the Abstract at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from March 22- April 27, 2014. This exhibition features sculpture, paintings and drawings by artist Mary-Ann Prack, based in North Carolina since 1994. Her distinctive and precise work explores the geometric purity of surface and form and the energy and emotion that can be found in stillness. Prack’s powerful, detail-oriented pieces speak to the expression of the human experience on a physical, spiritual and emotion level.  Her subjects are vehicles that connect the inner spirit to a tangible sculptural form, expressed through the use of intense, luminous colors and sharply defined shapes, tensioned against sensuous organic forms and surfaces.

This eagerly anticipated exhibition, curated by Celia Cerasoli, a local artist and teacher of ceramics at Cone 10 studios, opens on Saturday, March 22 with an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The public is invited to return to the gallery for an artist talk by Mary-Ann Prack on Sunday, March 23 at 3pm. She will discuss both her artwork and her journey as an artist. These events are free and open to the public.

About the Artist

Mary-Ann Prack began her formal art training at the University of Guelph, Ontario and furthered her education at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Florida Atlantic University. She concentrated in both fine art and interior design. After many years working in interior design, Prack made the transition to full- time artist. During the 1980’s she became focused on developing her own technical process for creating her sculptural work. Though she uses ceramics as a material, she does not follow the potter’s vessel concept but blazes her own path with clay as a pure sculpture medium. She prefers to hand build each piece in a way that is uniquely her own. She and her husband moved to Jefferson, North Carolina in 1994 to take advantage of an environment that amplifies the creative spirit. Prack continues to exhibit her work in commercial and institutional galleries within the United States and Canada. Renee Phillips, Director, Manhattan Arts International, NYC said the following about her work:  “Mary-Ann Prack’s sculptures resonate pure harmony, balance and the relentless positive spirit of humankind.”