Excited to announce my participation in The Yud Project at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Expanding on the contemporary art exhibition From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art’s focus on recollections and reconstructions of the past, The Yud Video Project’s theme is memory. Through the format of video and ever-accessible technology, moments are now recorded with the utmost ease and then translated into saved memories. However, edited video has tremendous power in recreating, rethinking, and reconstructing these very same moments. For this exhibition, submissions were encouraged to explore the unique ways memory is portrayed through video as an art form. Artists of all backgrounds were welcomed and encouraged to apply.
Videos selected from the submissions by the curatorial staff are available for viewing during Museum hours in the Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud Gallery, one of the most beautiful gallery spaces in The CJM’s Daniel Libeskind designed museum.
Oakland, CA-based artist Brett Amory’s unveils a bold new body of work and an installation. The installation will be built during the month of November with public welcome to watch him work. The idea that Amory will use as his seed for the installation is Fort Wayne’s past, present, and future. This idea may also run parallel to the nation as a whole. Amory’s installation will have layers growth and failure and hints of industry, family, and heritage. Amory will also be unveiling a new body of oil paintings based the people and places in Fort Wayne.
In his new body of work at Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Brett Amory illustrates his ideas and musings about Fort Wayne. Indiana has been dubbed “the crossroads of America,” and Fort Wayne is one of the main reasons for this namesake.
Trying to make sense of it all. One can’t help but think about our age of human detachment when seeing the works by Brett Amory. This summer, he is back at Lazarides Rathbone with his new solo exhibition, Internal Dialogue.
The California-based artist is best known for his “Waiting” series. The atmospheric canvases explore people in transit, both physical and emotional.
In soft, almost melancholic colours and expressive brushstrokes everyday people are depicted during their daily commutes. Instead of blending in with their city surroundings, they stand out, distanced from the world around them. Waiting explores the anticipation of being somewhere else and, as a result, not being fully present in the moment.
LONDON.- Lazarides is presenting Internal Dialogue, a new series of works by American contemporary artist and BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibiting artist Brett Amory.
Corresponding with his critically acclaimed ‘Waiting’ series, the works in Internal Dialogue are concerned with everyday life, places, and people, yet this new body of work explores the time in which we live and how we make sense of the information that surrounds us.
An assortment of disjointed fragments coincide and overlap in the paintings of American contemporary and 2016 BP Portrait Award exhibiting artist Brett Amory’s latest solo exhibition, “Internal Dialogue,” leaving it up to the flummoxed viewer to make sense of them.
“Internal Dialogue” is exhibiting at the Lazarides Gallery, a former gin palace in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, which is a haven for artists like Amory and Banksy, who work outside conventional practice and collectively defy categorization.
American artist Brett Amory rose to international fame with his Waiting series. For his atmospheric, expressionist depictions of ordinary people, he is described as L.S Lowry for the globalized era. He is especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward. New Brett Amory paintings will be presented at the exhibition Internal Dialogue at the gallery Lazarides. Following his celebrated Waiting series depicting anonymous commuters he encountered in urban settings, the new body of work continues to explore everyday life, places and people, but this time in the context of the time we live in and of making a sense of the information that surrounds us.
24 June – 21 July 2016
Private View: Thursday 23 June 2016: 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR
I’m excited to announce a couple new exhibitions in London. Internal Dialogue, opens July 23rd at Lazarides Gallery. Corresponding with my ‘Waiting’ series, the works in Internal Dialogue are concerned with everyday life, places, and people, yet this new body of work explores the time in which we live and how we make sense of the information that surrounds us. Internal Dialogue explores the disjointed snapshots that make up our everyday life, and how our unconscious mind assembles these abstract, nonlinear events to attempt to fuse together a logical, linear explanation of our surroundings.
This new series of works is also concerned with the human habit of viewing the world through screens. People in today’s society are attached to their devices; we view the world through our phones, our TVs, our computers, and complete the gaps of the surrounding world through our unconscious mind, as if what we see now is framed by what the world looks like on screen.
Each painting in Internal Dialogue, allows the viewer to tap his or her unconscious mind to create their own meaning of what they are viewing. The viewer will be able to rely on their own memories, dreams, thoughts and universal archetypal symbols to create their own interpretation of the work.
In the same week as my exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone, one of my large Waiters will be unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery for the prestigious BP Portrait Award. Jijinka will be one of 53 works shown at the iconic art institution from 23 June – 4 September 2016.
“Club Deuce” Print Release
New hand embellished print edition limited to only 36 copies-releasing this Friday December 4th: 3:00pm
Detroit based publisher 1xRUN has teamed up with Scope Art Fair and Juxtapoz Magazine to curate limited edition releases to coincide with Scope’s 2015 Miami Beach Art Fair, December 1st – 6th.
Friday, December 4th starting at 3:00pm I will be at Scope Art Fair, Booth G19 for the release of my print “Club Deuce”. Patrons of the fair will have the first chance to purchase this limited edition print.
For all inquiries please contact 1xRun.com
Untitled -11.5x 16.5 oil, acrylic, plaster and wood To be featured in our auction on December 12th! Check out http://thecub.co/ for more!
David Givens made a nice video for my show This Land is Not for Sale at Jonathan Levine Gallery!
This is a weird analogy, but here goes. I like me a good prosciutto and mutz hero now and then. I know what I’m getting, but it’s a bit different depending on which deli I go to. That’s how I felt going to Brett Amory‘s third show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery; anticipation to see his work and knowing basically what I’m going to get, yet each show is different. And I always leave feeling satiated and thinking about the next one.
The California-based Amory is known for his “Waiting” series of paintings, which depicted haunted and lonely scenes of London and San Francisco. Turning his focus to the Lower East Side, his new works capture a disappearing neighborhood, representing now-shuttered iconic landmarks (CBGB, Mars Bar), along with surviving sites that remain open for now (Block Drug Stores, Yonah Schimmel Knishery, Economy Candy, Katz’s), but seem anachronistic among an ever-expanding series of generic high rises and chain stores.
Viewers enter the Jonathan LeVine Gallery through a faux-construction scaffolded entrance representing the city being “sledgehammered into gentrification.” A small diamond-shaped glass window, set in to the entrance area, allows viewers to peer at a miniature model depicting the aftermath of the recent East Village gas explosion on Second Avenue.
In This Land is Not For Sale: Forgotten, Past and Foreseeable Futures, Jacob Riis meets Edward Hopper, Brett Amory paints a visually gorgeous protest against the transformation of New York’s famed Lower East Side into a gentrified wasteland. Amory first earned international critical acclaim for his “Waiting” series: urban settings like London and San Francisco portrayed as lonely abstracted landscapes of vanishing human assertion.This new series offers viewers an insider’s historical road map of East Village radical underground sensibility, from ABC NO RIO and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe to the headquarters of The Catholic Worker, The Pyramid Club and even Moshe’s Bakery. Amory not only captures the breathtaking physical presence of these neighborhood landmarks but also movingly conveys the sense of the artist as witness. By delivering a painterly personal testimony and protest against their disappearance, his work is an example of painting as real-time archeological retrieval. Amory’s foremost achievement in paintings, drawings and installations, has been to document evolving personal, existential and political credo into masterfully rendered, esthetically transcendent works of fine art with broad cosmopolitan appeal. In This Land Is Not For Sale he gives his most pointed evidence yet of his urgent need to merge his personal and social consciousness with the unsparing esthetic demands of his art. In conjunction with the exhibition, Amory will install a faux construction site underpass leading to the gallery to parody the constant sledgehammering of gentrification. The show will also include the documentary ‘Captured’, the story of LES legendary photographer Clayton Patterson, as well as a display of LES posters and other neighborhood marginalia.
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. The places he portrays here feel important set against white backdrops, immortalized in a nondescript place left to Amory’s memory. This includes businesses like New York’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe, home to a 25 year old non-profit dedicated to sustaining creative diversity, and the more famous CBGB, the “birthplace of New York rock, folk, and punk music”. With a loose and expressive style, Amory has a physical presence throughout- he expresses a close connection to his disappearing environment by painting subtle reflections of himself as a ghostly witness to its demise. Take a look at a few images from Brett Amory’s latest works below, courtesy of the artist.
On October 15th, Brett Amory’s (featured) will be presenting a series of new works at Jonathan Levine Gallery(557C West 23rd Street). This Land is Not For Sale: Forgotten, Past and Foreseeable Futures, in its entirety, is a protest against the gentrification of New York’s Lower East Side. Amory has captured neighborhood landmarks from ABC NO RIO and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe to the headquarters of The Catholic Worker, The Pyramid Club and even Moshe’s Bakery onto his canvas like a real time archeological retrieval. Rounding out the exhibition will be a construction site installation, a parody of the constant sights and sounds of the ongoing gentrification.
Brett Amory creates work that has been described as structurally and architecturally elegant, emotive and stark. His work is a documentation and an experiment that challenges viewers to either dissect or accept the smaller aspects of everyday life. To capture the true quintessence of his work, he landed on Vivant Books- a company that is, in every aspect of the word, art. Amory has gained international acclaim for his haunting series Waiting. Waiting captures particular moments Amory has seen on his diurnal Oakland commutes. He brings to the forefront moments that otherwise elude us and draws our attention to what we might otherwise have missed. These moments are ones such as the instant before you do something and precisely when you finish. The background of his work seems familiar — a muddled urban environment glazed with what I can only describe as a calm chaos.
On July 17, 2015, Juxtapoz once again teams up with UNIV, T.F.R. Gallery and Chandran Gallery for the second in what will become an annual Surf Craft benefit auction, held at Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. This year, we invited artists Chris Johanson, Dan Witz, Swoon, Logan Hicks, Grotesk, Mary Iverson, Brett Amory, Alicia McCarthy, WEST, Zio Ziegler, Kevin E. Taylor, David Arquette, Daryll Peirce, Beau Stanton and Ty WIlliams to contribute original work on surfboards to be exhibited at the gallery with a live auction on Paddle8 in conjunction with the show. The online auction on Paddle8 will run from Wednesday, July 15—29, 2015.
The special one-night exhibition will be at Chandran Gallery at 459 Geary Street in San Francisco on July 17 from 7—9:30pm, with a special DJ set by Andy Cabic (Vetiver).
The auction will be live at paddle8.com/auction/wavesforwater
Opening July 11th, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host Invisible College, a group exhibition co-curated by Andrew and Shawn Hosner of Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery, and Josef Zimmerman of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. On view until September 27th, the exhibition will feature new and representative works by 46 artists belonging to the New Contemporary movement. Dedicated to the energy and strength of its growing visibility and recognition, Invisible College explores the aesthetics of a movement that has devised its own course; one that has been largely defined outside of institutional contexts. Moving away from the standard art education model that demands graduate school, an excess of critical rhetoric and an art world careerism, these artists, many of whom are self-taught, have sought their own inspiration and voice instead, drawing on everything from popular culture and social media platforms, to street art, murals and graffiti. By creating a distinct community in support of the diversity of its visions and styles, the movement has mortared and upheld its own invisible school.
Brett Amory (featured February, 2014), the American artist who rose to international acclaim for his “Waiting” series is featured in this deluxe coffee table edition by Vivant Books. Alongside four-color reproductions of the artwork, the book includes a biography and selected essays from art world luminaries and patrons.
Join Vivant Books and Juxtapoz Magazine as we host a book signing at Clift Hotel. More details to be announced.
Brett Amory, who was honored at Academy of Art University’s spring commencement last year with the Distinguished Alumni Award, is proud to have published his first book of artwork titled Brett Amory: The Complete Works and Selected Essays.
Among other works, the book presents subjects from his acclaimed Waiting series, in which he explores the humanity of people doing the most mundane tasks or simply just waiting to get somewhere else. Alongside four-color reproductions of the artwork, the book includes a biography and selected essays from art world luminaries and patrons.