This Too Shall Pass

A solo exhibition of new works

Luggage Store Gallery

1007 Market st. San Francisco, 94103

September 15- October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 6-8pm

“Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.”
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

This Too Shall Pass contains one of Amory’s largest instillations: a typical all American house that utilizes black, white, and gray to cast a shadow on the color of the very notion of the American Dream. In addition to this large installation, the show’s paintings, sculptures and video installation, investigates the concepts of the American Dream and extrapolates out to the birth, death and rebirth of a society. Through personal introspection, Amory not only challenges the notions of the downfall and rebuilding of a nation but looks inwardly to address personal rebirth and growth through introspection, self-exploration and challenges of and learning from our own internal struggles.

Not only does Amory challenge the notion of the American Dream, the idea of resiliency, and the concepts of civic failure and success he addresses our own internal personal struggles by shining a light on such myths as Remus and Romulus. By introducing such backgrounds, Amory is carrying on the tradition of passing along the torch of mythology in contemporary terms.

Many of us will remember how the American Dream and 1950s post-war optimism were characterized by television shows such as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, both epitomizing the superficial nature of what we tell ourselves is the embodiment of the American Dream. The juxtaposition of Amory’s installation combined with his use of symbolism, serves to ignite conversation about memories, community, and separation. This show exposes how past cultural decisions have shaped the present and how present decisions will influence the future of our communities.

Under the façade of the success and beauty of what was portrayed in the 1950’s, racism, sexism and homophobia were prominent beliefs. What does it mean, in 2017, to hear that we are going to “make America great again”? Does that mean that we are going to turn back the hands of time to 1950’s era

conservative philosophies? This installation serves as contemplation about America’s struggles and victories. Amory’s sculptural use of colorful flowers shines light on the determination to rise above negative circumstances and surmount improbable circumstances (be they natural disasters or man-made catastrophes). Will the people espousing reactionary ideals, that want to turn back the hands of time and return us to a society of a black and white bygone era actually make America great again? Will the unification and galvanization of progressives brought about as the result of the current election steer us toward a society full of color? What is the American Dream? What is personal growth? How do we rectify our own personal struggles within the context of societal and internal struggles? It is Amory’s aim to not necessarily answer these questions, but to introduce this conversation.