Amy Kaufman: New Work

20 Hawthorne, Lower Level San Francisco, CA
March 4 – April 9, 2005

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce SITE 3, the third in its ongoing series of exhibitions in changing locations. SITE 3 will feature a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Bay Area artist Amy Kaufman.

Expanding on her established interest in pattern-based abstraction, which blends a distinct formality with bold pictorial energy, Kaufman presents new work that pushes the visual associations possible from a wide variety of shapes and forms. In addition to familiar stripe and linear patterns, she also includes circular motifs, calligraphic line drawings and most recently, blocks of color, all of which highlight the imperfect and embrace the irregular path the hand of the artist takes.

Kaufman’s work uses repetition of pattern and gesture to encourage the viewer to contemplate the subtle details that define her work. Graceful gestures of the hand are revealed in bold charcoal drawings, a subtlety of the artist’s mark are seen in the pastel work, and a daring color sense is displayed in the mesmerizing paintings. In Kaufman’s work, careful attention is paid to scale, proportion, and media in ways that extend the images far beyond the edges of the canvas or paper.

Amy Kaufman has shown her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the country since receiving her fine arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, San Francisco; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; and United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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