10/29 – 11/26/2016
Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 19:00 and by appointment
Opening Reception 10/29 18:00 – 20:200
KOKI ARTS is pleased to announce Amanda Valdez’s first solo exhibition in Japan, The Mysteries. This exhibition will showcase new paintings and drawings.
Building on her larger body of paintings, that often combine various materials such as embroidery, acrylic paint, graphite, and fabric to create colorful images with different tones and textures, for this show Valdez expanded her intervention into the fabric she uses by engaging natural dye processes. Central to the foundation of Valdez’s paintings are the use of non-traditional materials associated with women’s craft coming together with the materials of painting, a historically male dominated form.
Valdez’s work explores both western and non-western visual cultures with a variety of historical references. In The Mysteries, Valdez pulls from recent research examining pagan iconography in Renaissance art and images of women in antiquity, all filtered through her bizarre bodily abstract forms.
AMANDA VALDEZ (b.1982) received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2011. Valdez lives and works in New York. Valdez is currently having her first museum exhibition at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Valdez’s most recent exhibition was Time & Tide, a two-person exhibition with Caris Reid at Denny Gallery (2016). She has exhibited extensively in the United States and is represented by Denny Gallery in New York. Valdez has received prestigious artist residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. She has been featured in Forbes, Paper Magazine, Art F City, Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic, among others.