A MAPSpace Collaborative Residency
Interplay: Beth Dary and Sarah Lutz 
Artists-in-Residence: October 22- November 17, 2012
Installation on view throughout January 19, 2013.
Artist Talk and Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-8pm
See their daily activities on the Residency Blog
Beth Dary and Sarah Lutz collaborated on a dynamic gallery installation that highlights the natural environment and compelling history of Port Chester. Throughout the residency, they documented their ideas and progress in an ongoing blog. The artists mapped the Bryam River on the gallery walls, a poetic interpretation of the water's journey and the water levels across a hundred years of time.
Both artists have a deep affinity with nature originating from their lives spent on the water both in New York City and Cape Cod. This common ground informs the distinct, yet related vocabularies found in their work and provides them with a mutual language to articulate the discoveries that are bound to manifest as they work side-by-side. Dary and Lutz are intrigued by the notion of a collaborative residency— not merely a shared space but a truly collaborative, creative process where each is responding to their own last mark as well to each others', ultimately creating a call & response dynamic much like a jazz ensemble.
The artists created a small suite of drawings during the exhibition. The drawings are mixed media on handmade paper, in two sizes, seven images 10x10" and five 8x8". please call for info.
Thanks also to Ilene Sunshine, who was part of the original proposal, but was unable to proceed with the residency due to family obligations. We look forward to working with her on future projects.

Beth Dary: Emersion (detail), 2010, porcelain, 31' x 7' x 4"
Beth Dary’srecent projects include, Equilibrium, a series of blown glass sculptures in the lily pond in Battery Park City and, Full Service Island, a collaborative multi-channel video installation at a service station in Manhattan. Both installations reflect on the fragility of the natural word. At MAPSpace, Dary is particularly interested in the community/local aspect of the residency and will respond to the location and population through sculpture, drawing, and sound. Imagery to be considered would be local waterways, runoff and local maps resulting in an installation that combines the urban and natural environment conceived in response to Lutz’s work.
Sarah Lutz: Suelo Marino, 2010,
oil on canvas, 30" x 24"
Sarah Lutzemploys an additive, fluid, and responsive process to build paintings and drawings that feature clusters of forms suggesting habitats of profuse growth. Her most recent body of work, The Cenote Series, was inspired by snorkeling in sink holes in the Yucatan, Mexico. At MAPSpace she is eager to expand beyond the confines of paper and canvas to work directly on the gallery walls with a variety of new materials. Lutz is excited by the possibilities of this collaborative work being a dialogue or visual conversation between herself and Dary.
Beth Dary and Sarah Lutz installing Interplay