Transparent Brick Wall for Kusama, 2008 (from Light Installations 2002) 2008

Mary Temple
Inner and Outer Space: April 26, 2008 – January 11, 2009
latex paint

On the museum s third floor Temple created Transparent Brick Wall for Kusama a signature tromp-l oieil painting from her ongoing series entitled Light...


On the museum’s third floor, Temple created Transparent Brick Wall for Kusama, a signature tromp-l’oieil painting from her ongoing series entitled Light Installations, begun in 2002. Here, on both sides of the wall, she created a mirror image perspective painting of light and shadows being cast through a corresponding window that is not there. The location of this work, just outside Yayoi Kusama’s permanent installations, highlights Temple’s affinity with Kusama’s work.


Curated by Dara Meyers-Kingsley

About the Artist

Primarily known for her trompe l’oeil installations, her cross-discipline practice utilizes painting, sculpture and drawing. Informational spin, false documents, and verisimilitude all play important conceptual roles in Temple’s work.

Temple has exhibited her work internationally and throughout the United States. She has completed commissioned projects for solo and group shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Rice Gallery, Houston, TX; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, New York; UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan; among many others. In 2016 the artist completed a permanent public project for the City of New York’s Percent for Arts program, at the historic landmark preservation site, McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which received the Mayor’s Excellence in Design Award for 2017.

Temple is the recipient of the 2010 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, the 2010 Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, a 2010 and 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Painting, and was NYFA’s Lily Auchincloss Fellow in Painting in 2007.