Saturday, April 13, 2013

Last week to see Amy Feldman: Raw Graces

Final Week to View Amy Feldman’s Exhibition + Press Update

Amy Feldman
Raw Graces

March 7 - April 20, 2013


SF Chronicle

Square Cylinder

SF Weekly

Ohm Home, 2012
Acrylic on canvas; 80 x 80 in.

Gregory Lind Gallery is pleased to present Raw Graces, an exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based abstract painter Amy Feldman. The artist's large-scale gray-black acrylic forms appear as bold, sturdy shapes that are constructed in one painting session. These reductionist works drip and drivel, combining bluntness and muscularity with subtlety and droll confidence. Utilizing a visual grammar that is deceptively simple, Feldman paints with a given irony, nodding to and winking at the nuts and bolts of abstraction. Her bare-bones approach is sincere, and funny-deadpan too, as complexity becomes an oxymoron and the performance of painting is revealed on her motley surfaces.

Feldman’s works are self-aware in their geometric precision, as complex figure/ground relationships are rendered. Her faculties as a painter are evidenced by the various formal devices at work in her paintings, and the ease of her marks. This may be observed in Ohm Home, as two rectangles kiss on the square painting support, creating an offspring of isosceles triangles. The rectangles, that look loosely like dark sheets, or soiled yoga mats, are animated by an inner logic, striking the viewer on a rudimentary level. The immediacy of Feldman’s large-scale signs reminds the viewer of the importance of the human touch in a digital age where experience is so often mediated, and they are unsentimental about it.

For all their silent allusions to a complex web of social and personal relationships, her stretched geometries and iconic forms (which typically inhabit a space as large as eight feet high or wide) do not encroach upon the imagination in a tyrannical or pretentious manner either. And despite their bombast and sheer energy, these are not pieces that collapse beneath their weight. Feldman's contextualization of the disembodied references, swirl around in both visible and invisible space, gracefully bidding, or ostensibly calling for the viewer’s attention. As observed by The New York Times critic, Roberta Smith, Feldman’s canvases “sidestep Postminimalist nostalgia via freehand geometries, confident scale and paint-handling and above all a wry comedic sense”, while inhabiting an exciting and unique position of their own.

Amy Feldman received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Rutgers University. Recent exhibitions include Dark Selects, solo exhibition, Blackston, New York, NY; Salon Zürcher, Gallerie Zürcher, Paris, France; The Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition, The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Decenter, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, NY Arts Magazine, Le Quotidien de l’Art, The Art Economist, Saatchi Online Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Feldman was an artist-in-residence and Visiting Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and was selected as the Robert Motherwell Fellow at The MacDowell Colony for 2011-2012. She was awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant and has also received fellowships from VCUArts and the Fountainhead Foundation, The Henry Street Settlement at the Abrons Art Center, Yaddo, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Feldman lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. This is the artist’s first exhibition with Gregory Lind.

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