Jane, Grace, and Emily
December 9th, 2016– January 29th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, December 9th, 6-8pm
When I make up characters it reminds me that I’m multi-layered, scattered, many. When I give a thing a name or call it part of my making-vocabulary, it becomes distinct: a working component. One such being is the Lost Keychain I’ve featured in my last three plays.
A character is an eccentric; this feels like a suitable definition to have in the room. And there is that thing within people, good or bad character. Where and how does that work? It is relative and when articulated can only be semi-trusted.
Jane, Grace, and Emily are three characters in Lynne Tillman’s first novel Haunted Houses. Nora recommended it to me and I finished it the day this show was confirmed. It tells the stories of these three women growing up. Normal, nowhere (New York), cold and chewy. My grandma just stopped being able to walk. But at ninety-eight, she says she is ready. Re:her past, things were not good.
This show subscribes to non-linear living time. It is an exercise in time-based painting. The lights are seasonal - if anything, it is dark early now, often and overhead.
Housed in painting, I work with diverse materials: paint, canvas, found objects, paper, lighting gels, colored pencil, cardboard, wire. The pieces in this show commune to create a total-space - one looks through a plastic lighting gel, to a scene in a rectangle depicting a cardboard cutout. Parts talk to each other; it is a team effort.
Lauren Anderson and Amanda Friedman will activate the painting installation through the show's duration. The gallery will host a screening of the animation they make along with other shorts on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.
Amanda Friedman completed her MFA in Painting at The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2016. Friedman was awarded the 2017 Hartog Fund Travel Grant from The Bard MFA. She has exhibited at: U.S. Blues, Brooklyn, NY; SOUTHFIRST Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Essex Flowers, New York, NY and Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA; among others. She has been a resident artist at Frontispiece, Coxsackie, NY; The Shandaken Project, New Windsor, NY and The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. In 2013 Peradam published her artist book, Because Nothing Ends and in 2014 Miniature Garden published her artist book (in collaboration with Ariel Dill and Denise Schatz), Drawing Hilma Af Klint.
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