Wednesday, November 28, 2007

AMANDA MARIE's "An Unfinished Story"; New Paintings

'An Unfinished Story'
Paintings by Amanda Marie

Show opens Friday, December 7, 7-9pm
Show runs Dec. 7-29
Gallery hours: Wed, Fri: 11-6, Sat: 12-5
or call for appointment: 804.200.9985

321 Brook Rd.
Richmond, VA 23220

Image 1: 'Great Gray Elephant', diptych 18 x 48 inches, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas
Image 2: 'Bus Bus', 18 x 24 inches, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas
Image 3: 'Fun Planes', diptych 18 x 48 inches, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas

Amanda Marie’s vintage sewing patterns and children's book characters are vivid and graphic bringing the audience a nostalgic warmth and drawing them into the hidden metaphors and relationships. She has chosen a hybridized style which incorporates spray paint stencil graffiti and neo-neo expressionism with acrylic paint. Amanda Marie has been living and painting in Colorado since 2001. After two years at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design she was represented at Andenken Gallery, where she shows her paintings several times a year. Amanda lived in Denver for three years and now lives in the Fort Collins area. She has illustrated magazines (Juxtapoz, The Onion, Syntax Magazine), newspaper covers, and children's books. Recently, she painted large interior and exterior murals on local Denver Businesses.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Langdon Graves

Langdon Graves is showing here in Richmond at ADA gallery.
You should make it out to see her sculptures and drawings
(right after you come to Transmission and see Amze's work)!
For a taste:
Her craftsmanship is superb!

Interview with Amze Emmons

Interview Part 1:
Bret (Transmission):Do you see your works operating more as personal narrative, universal narrative, or purely fictional narrative?

Amze: Good question.. I never really conceptualized the work in terms of telling a story. It seems to exist more as a documentary collage of a moment in time or evidence of the activity of making. The things I draw again and again--tents, water bottles, jersey barriers--they all start to become characters to me; so maybe in that sense I am telling a story about the detritus we leave in our wake.

B: You successfully blur linear time with many of your paintings/ works of art. (Respond if inclined)

A: Wow, thank you. Manipulating the audience’s sense of time isn’t something I set out to do. I conceptualize the work as being a frozen moment, like a film still of larger events that are unfolding around the viewer. I think a lot about cinematic time, particularly pregnant moments just before or just after something traumatic occurs.

B: Do you see similarities between your use of visual samples (from the Sunday Times) and the use of samples in music? Would you relate more to any specific musicians and how they operate or is your goal to move beyond that?

A: There are definitely similarities between how I collect and collage source material in the making of my work and what a DJ or musician does with music samples. I would love to say that my process is somehow influenced by or related to DJ Spooky, Del, or the Books, but that would probably be overstating the point. I have
these regular activities of collecting imagery that fuels the work;
the found images then get sifted, collaged and redrawn over and over, and then I try to pull everything into the same space.

B: What influences are there in your palette?

A: I spend a lot of time thinking about color and perception in my work. I have a friend who is a neuroscientist and we have an ongoing dialogue about visual perception and the brain. I try to employ color as a kind of camouflage to draw my audience in close before they have to wrestle with the content and contradictions in the imagery. The colors themselves are culled from what I see in daily life: a window display at a dollar store on the Lower East Side, a trip to Target, a fruit vendor from a recent trip to Italy, etc. I guess the thread that connects them all is commerce and commercial goods. The sources of the palette are probably as much a nod to pop art as they are to the power of mass marketing and consumer culture.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Amze Emmons at TRANSMISSION Oct. 5-30

TRANSMISSION is proud to present:
Recent work by AMZE EMMONS (Philadelphia, PA)

Opening: Friday, October 5, 7-10pm
321 Brook Rd.
Richmond, VA 23220

Amze will be giving a presentation at VCU's School of the Arts building, 3rd floor,
in the "Fish Bowl", Thursday, October 4, 11am!
This is a great opportunity to interact with the artist and ask him questions about why/what/how he creates.

To help celebrate the opening,
Nate's Taco Truck will be set up next to the gallery
to fill your bellies with chicken, meat, and vegetarian delights.
It's cheap and delicious and open during the artwalk.
NO, it doesn't get any better.

Across the street from the gallery, the Etching Tin (Richmond recording studio) will have two live bands - HO-AX and Ten Commandments.
You can also take this opportunity to check out what their space is like
if you are an interested band/musician.