Monday, February 15, 2021

|Podcast| In A Pickle - Maggie Mailer

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Maggie Mailer is an American artist whose work explores the overlap between play and diplomacy, within the context of painting. Her work borrows freely from art history, and employs the genre of landscape painting as a stage set in which to observe parallels between the creative process and the impact of human activity on the actual landscape. Recent works include This is Not a Picnic, a roving installation under the umbrella of Picnic Pavilion at The 58th International Venice Biennale, in which Mailer experimented with situating an unstretched painting as a picnic cloth within the cityscape of Venice, challenging the standard context for viewing artwork. Previous projects include founding The Storefront Artist Project, an ephemeral Artist Residency program in Pittsfield Massachusetts which ran from 2002 - 2012 and presented artists at work in real time as a continual public performance. The project is credited with jumpstarting the revival of the city of Pittsfield, and has been used as a model for the regeneration of other cities across the country.

Mailer has created illustrations for the books, Lara’s First Christmas, by Alice O’Howell, and, In a Pickle, by Martinko, whose animated version won the Silver Award for both Best Animated Short, and Best Children’s Short, at the Independent Shorts Awards in November 2020.

Mailer’s work is represented by Ober Gallery in Kent, CT, and Gut Gallery in Dallas, Texas. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, A.R.T. Grant. Her work has been featured in Art New England, with cover stories in The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times.

Born in 1971 in New York, Mailer studied Architecture and Fine Arts and received a BA in English Literature from Columbia University in 1993.

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• Independent Shorts: Silver Award, Best Animation Short (Los Angeles, November 2020)
• Independent Shorts: Silver Award, Best Children's Short (Los Angeles, November 2020)

• Indie Shorts Fest: Best Animation Short (USA, January 2021)
• Indie Shorts Fest: Best Adapted Screenplay (USA, January 2021)
• Indie Shorts Fest: Best Original Score—Greg Camp for In A Pickle (USA, January 2021
By Martinko
Illustrations by Maggie Mailer

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Based on the author’s life, In A Pickle is a classic and modern tale about a clever young boy who fights school yard bullies with his mind instead of his fists. The book is currently available for pre-order and being adapted into a short animated film narrated by the legendary Peter Coyote. 

In A Pickle takes place in NYC, where Horizons National is expanding its programs to close gaps of opportunity and access for students in under-resourced communities. A portion of the proceeds will be donated towards Horizons National’s goal to grow capacity to provide at least 1,000 New York City public school students the Horizons experience, helping them catch up from time lost in school this year -- and excel even further ahead!

In A Pickle is a warmly told tale about a precocious little boy and his schoolyard predicament. It is delightful in its simplicity and enchanting in the way it mischievously unfolds. The title quandary involves a classic bullies-picking-on-an-easy-target story but elevates it with a clever solution and ends it with an elegant and touching little bon mot. The bright and warm watercolor illustrations are a visual delight on par with the vintage children’s books we all know and love. In a Pickle is both a classic and modern tale for any reader looking to be enchanted by a plucky little boy and his clever dad.
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