Link to read on Idiom. In a meditation on the ‘seductiveness’ of the big toe, Georges Bataille wrote in 1929 — “human life entails, in fact, the rage of seeing oneself as a back and forth movement from refuse to ideal, and from the ideal to refuse — a rage that is easily directed against an organ as base as the foot.” Against this caliginous member of Acéphal’s tendency to luxuriate in real abjection, Amanda Valdez’s finely executed assemblages discover the joyous excesses of…Read More
Denny Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Chronicle, running from February 23rd to March 30th, 2013. Chronicle is a group exhibition with works by Nadja Frank, Riitta Ikonen, Sarah Kabot and Jackie Mock. The artists featured in Chronicle use their work to express the significance of their relationships to places they have traversed, people they have encountered, and the tools they have used to facilitate social exchange. This interdisciplinary exhibition includes photographs, sculptures, video artworks, and a site-specific installation….Read More
Link to read on Dossier Journal Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us An abstract painter is situated strangely in relation to the history of her medium. On the one hand, very little in a given work bears a direct and obvious connection to common social life – a situation that has always made interpreting an abstract painting uncomfortable. By definition, it cannot picture its theme, and this makes it seem too distant from the languages in which we usually express our…Read More
Elizabeth Denny is pleased to announce that Denny Gallery will open on Friday, January 11, 2013 with the inaugural exhibition Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us. Amanda Valdez makes colorful, multimedia works, populated by shapes that oscillate between representation and abstraction. The works have a very strong physicality, immediacy, and sense of embodiment. Various materials- embroidery, acrylic paint, fabric and canvas- are sewn together to become continuous, integral elements of the work. Sewn elements are not delicate, fabric and stitches do…Read More
Read on London Evening Standard A preview of the work of five young artists in Whitechapel Gallery’s relaunched London Open exhibition reveal a snapshot of contemporary art at its most cerebral in years, says Ben Luke.