June 11, 2010

Thinkspace presents: Brett Amory "The Waiting Room"

Brett Amory
"The Waiting Room"

June 11th - July 2nd
Opening Reception: Fri, June 11th 7-10PM

The painting series entitled “Waiting” depicts the urban individual's yearning for presence and the seeming impossibility of attaining it. The paintings portray commuters on urban transit--a quintessential waiting experience--as immersed in either a quiet, even hopeful state or, alternately, an anguish of unfulfilled anticipation.

At first, the series, begun in 2001, depicted travelers waiting underground. But as the paintings evolved, the travelers emerged into above-ground waiting stations--an evolution from darkness to light. Although the experience of waiting remains, the perception of it has changed from one of mundane task to one leavened with transcendence.

The series is also a record of my evolution as an artist--charting an improved grasp of drawing and composition--the importance of the function of elimination in paring down the image to its essence. Lastly, I have developed favored motifs in the series, a kind of visual music, such as repetition of a human image, to show not only the passage of time but of the human being through it.

Brett Amory was born June 25th, 1975 in Portsmouth, Virginia. His father, Harry Amory, was a mechanic at a shipyard and his mother, Sally Roebuck, a nurse. When he was 21 Amory moved to San Francisco to study motion pictures at the Academy of Arts. Soon after enrolling in school, Amory took his first drawing class and was introduced to his passion for the arts. Around the time Amory celebrated his 24th birthday he tried his hand in painting. In 2002 Brett switched his major to fine art and started his current body of work called “Waiting”. This series of paintings explores the anticipation of the next moment.

Amory graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005 and has shown his work all over the country. In 2006 Amory along with five other artists (Mars-1, David Choong Lee, Damon Soule, Nome Edona, Oliver Vernon) published a book called “Convergence” and had book signings in New York, Los Angeles and at the SFMOMA in San Francisco.

Amory currently works as a graphic designer at an environmental company in San Francisco and continues to show his work in galleries across the country.

6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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