Photo credit: Winnie Au
Amy Feldman for M. Legere
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with porcelain. When I heard about prospect of the project, I thought the forms in my drawings and paintings would readily translate to clay. The pristine and seductive nature of the porcelain surface coupled with the fragility and elegance of the material also seemed like a good platform to insert a little humor and grit. I have always had an affinity for clay, and its relationship to both the utilitarian and decorative, and to language and communication. The gray-on-gray paintings that I am currently making retain some of these considerations, and the Limoges plates and bowls seemed like a great opportunity to think about my work again in this context.
The origin of some of the forms in my early works came from still life and the history of the table. My early works were, in part, mediations on the table, and demonstrations of propriety and impropriety within the image.
I make graphic, seemingly simple, large-scale gray on gray abstractions using an economy of form to construct an image. After meticulous preparation of the porcelain-like painting ground, I complete each composition in a single session, producing both an image and an unedited record of physical endeavor. This distilled approach to painting acknowledges pictorial space and the viewer’s physical presence in equal parts. Urgency is literally embedded into the framework of my paintings and there is no erasure in the process. I am interested in the nature of simplicity within iteration and my work demonstrates this through its iconic language and use of repetition and variation. In each work, I strive to achieve a balance between the wild and restrained; the immediate and that which resonates. It is on that line that they can activate both humor and introspection.
Amy Feldman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University in 2008. Feldman’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York; San Francisco; Baltimore; Paris; St. Etienne; Brussels; Stockholm; Cologne; Bonn; Milan; Mexico City; and Singapore.
Feldman’s work has been reviewed and featured 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, Figaro Scope, Télérama Sortir, Le Quotidien de l’Art, Omkonst, The Art Economist, Saatchi Online Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Dust Magazine, Vogue Mexico, and The Huffington Post, among other publications.
“Feldman generates her grey-on-grey paintings at the electrifying junction of the gesturally performative and the humorous. These works are often massive in scale and embrace the strange, pulsing forms that captivate Feldman.” –James Cohan Gallery