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Artist's Reception: Amanda Means at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Glass & Light

Exhibition Dates: April 20 - June 1, 2013

Artist's Reception:
April 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm

A now native New Yorker, Amanda Means was raised in a small farming community in Upstate New York. She has remained fascinated with capturing the environment- both natural and human built. This exhibition draws from several bodies of work, including images from her Leaves,Color Polaroid Light Bulbs,Black & White Light Bulbs, and Water Glasses series. Beyond clear parallels to scale and handling, particularly between the leaves and bulbs, is an uncanny sense of fascination that infects us and runs like a thread through the images. Repetition with variation helps give pulse to the work and also asks us to find the uniqueness in similar, even identical mass produced objects.

We may at first be sceptical of these simplistic subjects, but we discover that there is a hum to the work. We feel a real charge in the bulbs, a surge of energy, and even power. We experience opposing senses of serenity and unease in water glasses; we see the effects of passing time and may wonder what space of it caused the glasses to sweat, bubble, become empty, or scratched. The originating series that inspired these continued explorations-Leaves- are intricate, rhythmic, and expansive. Means treats her subjects with directness and weight, so that each item- man or nature made is rendered not only fascinating as a sample, but iconic as a form.

For more information on this exhibition please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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