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AMY FELDMAN

Amy Feldman composes striking images by employing a concise vocabulary of pictorial elements on the surface of her paintings. Simple yet acute gestures are repeated, filling the canvas to its limits. Her images are powerful, but Feldman’s paintings do not only traffic in somber formalism. These works are often massive in scale and embrace the strange, pulsing forms that captivate Feldman.  As Feldman freely – even eagerly – admits, these paintings and her practice as a whole are intentionally risky. Their grand scale, the forms engulf the viewer, enveloping us in the fantastic schematics of Feldman’s imagination.
Feldman’s work is also about picture making.
 
Her paintings are the product of a fundamental duality between preparation and execution as she translates her initial drawings into exuberant forms. What appears as casual is carefully intentioned, yet the application of the paint itself is the work of an instant, creating paintings that are tenaciously rooted in the present moment.  Each canvas is like a live performance, presenting a lasting index of Feldman’s movements and looping in perpetuity wherever the work is on view. Feldman’s work is a testament to the continued possibilities of the painterly gesture, yet her titles – loaded with wordplay and puns – are a reproach to the masculine heroism of midcentury abstraction. 

Amy Feldman (b. 1981) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Rutgers University. Recent solo exhibitions include Breath Myth, Blain|Southern, Berlin (2017); Moon Decorum, Brand New Gallery, Milan (2015); High Sign (2014) and Dark Selects (2012), Blackston, New York, NY; Gray Area, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium (2014); Stark Types, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); and Raw Graces, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2013).

 

Select group exhibitions include Riot Grrrls, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016-2017); New York Painting, curated by Christoph Schreier, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany (2015); 2159 Miles, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Museo Britanico Americano, Mexico City (2015); The Empire Strikes Back, curated by Amir Shariat, Arndt Singapore (2015); This One’s Optimistic: Pin Cushion, New Britain Museum of American Art (2014); The New York Moment, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Musée d’art Moderne, St. Etienne, France (2014); The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (2013); and Decenter, curated by Daniel S. Palmer and Andrianna Campbell, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY (2013). Reviews and features of Feldman’s work have appeared in ArtForum, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Info, Manhattan Magazine, Time Out New York, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, The New Criterion, NY Arts Magazine, The Art Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, Dust Magazine, Vogue Mexico, and The Huffington Post, among other publications.

 

Feldman received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2013 and was also nominated for The Academy of Arts and Letters Award. The Dedalus Foundation awarded Feldman the Robert Motherwell Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant and fellowships from VCUArts and the Fountainhead Foundation, Richmond, Virginia; The Henry Street Settlement at the Abrons Art Center, New York; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York; The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

Feldman’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, IL.

 

Feldman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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