SOLO EXHIBITION: DOUBLE DOWN @ PROLE DRIFT
September 5 - 28
Opening Reception September 5th 6 - 8 pm
523 Main Street, Seattle
Friday and Saturday 1- 6
tide of pleasure : double down and tide of pleasure : double down are the deviant, slightly garish, mascots of my exhibition Double Down. Brightly colored, with a tinge of recklessness peaking out of the labor intensive care embedded in the handling of materials, these two pieces are emblems of the process and content currently at the center of my practice. Engineering my surfaces, I interweave paint, canvas, fabric, and thread with images that oscillate between abstraction and representation.
My creative process is propelled forward by questions and seeking answers to the problems I set forth. Doubling creates a chance to do something again. It slows down my engagement with the shapes. When I make a painting or drawing, I find many configurations en-route to selecting the one I rest upon for a given work. Doubling down allows me to loop back to certain points, to certain decisions, and follow a new itinerary or proposition.
Castor y Pollux is a constellation installation. Occupying the sky, these mythological twins inhabit the two worlds of Olympus and Hades. The deep blue of cyanotype is combined with drawings of symmetrical shapes, with an allowance for the imperfection of the hand; hard edge symmetry has no currency in this world. The circular points float and connect the imaginary shape these twins come together to form in the night. In approaching the concept of doubling from multiple locations, this insular configuration of the double harks to the inherent multiples selves and states that create the textural world of our interior emotional landscapes.
i sang a song of home consist of seven works on paper in which an irregular circular shape populates the series, varying widely piece to piece. This haphazard doubling back brings an abstracted face to each day of the week: faces and states that often rise and surface with speed, in an overwhelming capacity. Wet Face, Storm Face, Moon Face: to call out a few, can be a subtle reminder of the paradoxes that govern our experience of being human, the capacity for co-existing gorgeousness, pleasure, mystery, clarity, volatility, and suffering all occurring within the bodies that we call home.
AMANDA VADLEZ AWARDED BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Amanda Valdez will take up residence in Omaha, Nebraska as part of the 2014 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Center's Artist-in-Residence Program. For three months she will be given time, space, and support in which to make new work.
DENNY GALLERY EXHIBITING AMANDA VALDEZ AT PULSE ART FAIR
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York
May 9 12, 2013
Denny Gallery is pleased to present a solo booth by artist Amanda Valdez at the 2013 Pulse New York art fair.
Amanda Valdez makes colorful, corporeal, multimedia works, populated by shapes that oscillate between representation and abstraction. The works have a strong physicality, immediacy, and sense of embodiment. For Pulse New York, Amanda Valdez will present new paintings and works on paper alongside recent works.
Amanda Valdez (born 1982, Seattle) received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibition was Taste of Us at Denny Gallery in January 2013.
FEATURED ARTIST @ ARTBRIDGE
For their year end fundraising appeal, ArtBridge has featured Amanda Valdez. For a closer look into Amanda's studio and recent experience working with ArtBridge copy and paste the link.
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SOLO EXHIBITION: TASTE OF US @ DENNY GALLERY
January 11 - February 17
Opening Reception Jan 11 6 - 8 pm
261 Broome St
Amanda Valdezs current body of work are 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 not cede to painted elements, and the overall effect is one of materials acting out, asserting themselves in the process of making. Yet the final work gives a sense of holistic embodiment, wrangled from the potential anxiety of fragmentation.
EL REGRESO DE LOS DINOSAURIOS AT ABRONS ART CENTER
September 7, 2012 - October 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 | 6-8 pm
Public Performance: Travis Boyer, "Thunderbird Margarita" | 7 pm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor
Aurora Ixchel Pellizzi
Curated by Adrian Geraldo Saldaña
TWO RIVERS GROUP SHOW
The inaugural exhibition at One River Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey.
Opening Reception: September 14th 7-10 pm
September 14 - October 27
49 Dean Street, Englewood, New Jersey
SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT @ SOIL GALLERY IN SEATTLE
August 1 - September 1, 2012
Opening Reception August 2nd 6-8 pm
112 3rd Ave South
Wednesday - Saturday 12-6 pm
MSBEHAVIOR AT THE ARTBRIDGE DRAWING ROOM
featuring the work of:
AMY FELDMAN POLLY SHINDLER AMANDA VALDEZ
Curated by Jordana Zeldin
APRIL 5 AUGUST 23, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 5, 68PM
526 W. 26th Street, 502a (btwn. 10th and 11th aves)
The ArtBridge Drawing Room is very pleased to present MsBehavior, a three-woman exhibition featuring the paintings and drawings of Amy Feldman, Polly Shindler and Amanda Valdez. Be it on canvas or scratch paper, sturdy, near-primal shapes assert their right to take up space and interact, while the handling of materials, unsteady edges and uncertain compositions activate the work with energy, humor and disheveled charm.
Recent Press Includes:
Doug McClemonts Top 10 New York Shows
NY Arts Magazine: The Untamed Hand
Artsicle Blog: Show Alert
SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT @ PARALLEL ART SPACE
June 1 July 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1st, 6 9pm
Press Pre-Opening Preview: Friday, June 1st, 5 6pm
Hours: Sat/Sun 1-6pm and by appointment
Closing: July 1st Closing Brunch 1-4
Location: 17-17 Troutman Street #220, Ridgewood, NY 11385 [map]
Direction: L Train to Jefferson St. / B57 (Flushing Ave) to Cypress Ave
Same Same but Different is an inaugural selection of works from artists Jay Gaskill, Fabian G. Tabibian, and Amanda Valdez who form the exhibition collective of the same name. Taking their name from the descriptor employed by Southeast Asian street merchants to assert the qualitative parity of their wares, Same Same but Different, through namesake, acknowledges their formalistic affinities, purposeful colors, bold shapes and complex arrangements, as well as their idiomatic divarications. Working within this shared language of formalism, each artist employs distinct materials and subject matter that highlights the points at which their works converge and diverge from one another.
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MSBEHAVIOR NAMED IN TOP TEN SHOWS ON SAATCHI
JONATHAN LASKER INTERVIEW FOR BOMB MAGAZINE
Read my latest interview for BOMB Magazine with Jonathan Lasker. We focus on his recent show at Cheim & Read highlighting his early work.
INTERVIEW WITH LIZ MAGIC LASER FOR BOMB MAGAZINE
Read my interview on Bomb Magazine's website with Liz Magic Laser one week before the premiere of her piece I Feel Your Pain for Performa11.
MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY
Great News: I've been awarded a residency at MacDowell Colony for the Spring. The support and un-interrupted time to make work there is a great opportunity. Looking forward to the un-predictable act of making art.
AND THERE WILL BE TROUBLE: MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
December 14th - January 14th.
Opening Reception December 14th 6-8pm.
450 W 41st, New York
WHITE COLUMNS REGISTRY
I was recently accepted to the White Columns Registry, a curated selection of New York based artists hosted by New York City's oldest non-for profit gallery space. Link Below.
FARAWAY NEIGHBOR AT FLUX FACTORY
Group show featuring 5 New York City artists and 5 Tasmanian artists.
Opening August 25th.
Details to follow.
DON'T FENCE ME IN...OR OUT: GROUP SHOW AT LESLEY HELLER WORKSPACE
Coming to Lesley Heller Workspace this fall in the Lower East Side.
September 7- October 16 2011
54 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Details to follow.
INTERVIEW WITH SHIRIN NESHAT IN CURRENT DOSSIER JOURNAL
This spring I interviewed Shirin Neshat for the Spring edition of Dossier Journal. She is an courageous, humble, and generous Iranian artist and film maker. Living in exile from her native country she has made internationally acclaimed work ranging from photography to video installation which examines the lives of women and men living in an Islamic society.
It's a beautiful edition.
2011 SPRING OPEN STUDIOS
April 29th & 30th Hunter MFA Open Studios
Come visit me in studio 422 to see the latest work.
450 West 41st
GREAT NEWS- 2011 CAA AWARD
The College Art Association has awarded me the 2011 MFA Professional Development Fellowship. I'm grateful that I will have funding for my new project researching Ottoman Patterning in Istanbul while doing an artist residency. Exciting!
Hunter MFA Open Studios: Friday April 23rd 6-10pm and Saturday 2-6 pm. 450 W. 41st. I will be opening my studio along with over 100 other artist for our bi-annual open studios event, friday night there will be a silent auction. You can find me in studio 422.
KIKI SMITH INTERVIEW
I had the opportunity to interview Kiki Smith for Dossier Journal. We talk about her new show Sojourn and much more. Enjoy.
Hunter MFA at Crane Art Center
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH, 6 8PM
EXHIBITION DATES: APRIL 12 24, 2010
GALLERY HOURS: WED SUN, 12 6PM
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-3803
The Hunter College Master of Fine Arts Program is located near Times Square in New York City.
This exhibit includes a selection of work by current students who are graduating next year. For more information about Hunter MFA
"Her Mark" Group show at Woman Made Gallery
Amanda Valdez's "25 Piles" will be on display in the group show Her Mark at Woman Made Gallery. The show runs August 1 to 28, 2008.
Her Mark 2009, an annual publication is a journal of art and poetry by 44 women. Her Mark 2009 includes a beautiful layout with 23 color reproductions, poetry on separate pages, journal pages, monthly calendar pages with moon cycles and holidays, information about WMG, jurors, artists, poets and our fabulous designer, Karin Kuzniar. Works will be on exhibit from August 1 to 28, 2008. The Artist Reception is on August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Release Party with readings by select poets is scheduled for Sunday, August 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Evanston + Vicinty Biennial
The Evanston Art Center is opening thier Biennial Sunday June 1st from 1-4. The Show will run till July 6th in Evanston, IL."Cousin-2" will part of the show.
Curators Choice Award
At the Around the Coyote Spring Art Festival Amanda Valdez was awarded a Curators Choice Award from Julie Rodrigues Wildholm, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.