California based artist Brett Amory, first featured in HF Vol. 20 and our blog, paints haunting images out of a natural voyeurism for urban spaces. Amory describes his latest series of works as a sort of protest against the transformation of New York’s Lower East Side into a “gentrified wasteland”, which is changing the social character of the neighborhood. This series is a progression of his previous “Waiting” series that portrays the landscapes of cities like London and San Francisco, now losing their spirit and personality to urban renewal.
Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco is currently showing a wide variety of new works from international artists with their “Summer Group Show”. As with FWMOA’s “Invisible College” exhibition, previewed earlier, the show packs in countless styles and mediums from familiar rising stars in New Contemporary. This includes artists appearing in our current issue like Erin M. Riley, Erik Jones (HF Vol. 27 cover artist), Brett Amory (HF Vol. 20), Jessica Hess (HF Vol. 21), Nychos (HF Vol. 28), Shawn Huckins (HF Vol. 32), Tracey Snelling (HF Vol. 35), and more.
Brett Amory has allowed his natural voyeurism guide his creative evolution. His latest body of work “Twenty-Four in London” is a progression of his Waiting series, Amory’s ongoing documentation of passersby through vague, muddled and often haunting paintings of the everyman. Amory slowly and methodically walks the streets of whatever city he finds himself in, stopping to duck into laundromats, corner stores and diners to take hasty iPhone snapshots and field recordings. This anthropological research style yields telling works of art that illuminate the social dynamics of urban spaces. Sometimes his work zeroes in on specific (yet still anonymous) characters, and other times it apprehends broader truths about social class and gender relations.
Coming up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, graffiti artists POSE and REVOK will open a two-person exhibition titled “Uphill Both Ways” on June 29 curated by Roger Gastman. While REVOK is known for his abstract assemblages, POSE works with a similar tropical color palette to create multi-layered paintings inspired by Pop Art and comic books alike. During their stay in NYC, POSE and REVOK will collaborate on a mural at the Goldman Properties in Manhattan. Brett Amory (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 20) will debut a concurrent solo show titled “Twenty-Four in New York.” A follow-up to last year’s show “Twenty-Four in San Francisco,” the exhibition combines paintings, video footage and found objects to give an impression of 24 hours in New York City, guided by Amory’s obsession with lonely wanderers and solitary, idle figures. Take a look at our preview of both shows, images courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery, after the jump.
A multi-sensory experience, Brett Amory‘s solo show, “Twenty-Four in San Francisco” at Sandra Lee Gallery took the artist’s paintings beyond the 2D medium, offering viewers a collection of clues to piece together the fragmented stories that intersect in urban spaces. Amory is well-known for his portraits of unsuspecting people in states of anticipation. For his latest body of work, however, he pushed the boundaries of this concept, spending one hour each at 24 select locations in San Francisco, capturing video and collecting found objects that would later become the basis for the paintings in the show. At Sandra Lee Gallery, the collected artifacts from each location were presented in small vitrines underneath their corresponding paintings; a map with Amory’s waiting destinations was placed in the middle of the room and an iPad silently played videos from the field. Take a look at some photos from the opening night after the jump.
Hi-Fructose favorite Brett Amory (featured in HF Vol. 20) has been busy in his studio preparing “Twenty-Four in San Francisco,” an extensive, interdisciplinary project that will debut at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco on October 4. Amory’s painting style is a slow, meditative form of observation; the artist works on an intuitive basis, capturing potential subjects for paintings with his iPhone’s camera based on somewhat of a gut feeling. Pushing the boundaries of his highly praised “Waiting” series, “Twenty-Four in San Francisco” creates a multi-sensory experience for the viewer to see and hear Amory’s rich observations through oil paintings, video, audio and collections of found objects. Take a look at our exclusive photos from Brett Amory’s studio as well as some teaser videos after the jump.