AMY FELDMAN

STARK TYPES

28 SEPTEMBER - 31 OCTOBER 2013

In her first exhibition in Stockholm, the New York-based artist Amy Feldman presents a new series of paintings. The gallery has published a catalogue, with a text by Barry Schwabsky, to accompany this exhibition.



Feldman's 'seemingly simple', all gray abstractions utilize an economy of form to construct an image. The forms, often graphic and cartoon-like, are blunt and direct, addressing both the space of the painting and the viewer's physical space. Marked by urgency and the strongest of line and form, each painting displays deliberateness and ingenuity with underlying depth and humor.



Feldman's paint is carefully mixed, and then walloped on the canvas, allowed to drip every which way. There is no erasure or regret involved in her process, and the work prides itself on achieving a balance between the brazenly rough and consciously poised. As grays bounce and pop, Feldman conjures a tradition of gray in Painting that can be at once evocative and elusive. Pairing pop iconography with the 'non-color' gray, Feldman pivots the lighthearted against the monumental. As Barry Schwabsky writes in the catalogue, "Feldman knows how to give lightness of spirit a monumental presence."



Amy Feldman (b.1981) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She 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; DNA, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York; Salon Zürcher, Galerie 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 del'Art, The Art Economist, Saatchi Online Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weeklyand 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. 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.

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I sin första utställning i Stockholm visar den unga New York-baserade konstnären Amy Feldman (1981) nya målningar i varierande format. I samband med utställningen publiceras en katalog med text av Barry Schwabsky. 

Feldman använder sig av ett begränsat antal bildelement. Med enkla och kraftfulla gester formar hon stora och slarviga former i olika nyanser av grått på den vita orörda duken. Motiven är flyktigt geometriska, vagt symmetriska med oregelbundna kanter där färgen har varierande tjocklek. Dropp och stänk av färg gör att alla målningar känns spontana i utförandet.  

Feldman applicerar färgen snabbt och direkt. Tuffa, brutala linjer och cartoon-liknande former skapar en motvikt till det tyngdlösa spänningsfält som uppstår i mellanrummet av färg och duk. På så vis skapar Feldman en visuell tydlighet där humorn finns med som en underliggande komponent. 

Amy Feldman (1981) bor och arbetar i Brooklyn, New York. Hon har en BFA från the Rhode Island School of Design och en MFA från Rutgers University. Feldman har tidigare visat sina verk på Blackston, New York, NY; Loretta Howard Gallery, New York; Galerie Zürcher, Paris, France; The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY. Hennes verk har publicerats i The New York Times, Art in America, Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, NY Arts Magazine, Le Quotidien del'Art, The Art Economist, Saatchi Online Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weeklyand och the Huffington Post.