Amy Kaufman: Recent Work

March 15 – May 16, 2009

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Bay Area artist Amy Kaufman.

Minimalist in her approach, Kaufman makes abstracted natural forms the occasions for an extremely refined treatment of materials and painted surfaces. There is an astonishing variety in her current body of work, considering how closely she restricts her visual vocabulary. She reduces shapes and patterns (sticks or table legs can become stripes and linear patterns; chain links or creeping vines can become graceful loops and meandering lines) to create silhouetted, iconic forms that may allude to a specific object or idea without in any way representing them.

Kaufman’s balancing act between abstraction and reference is highlighted by the other subtle details that define her work. Graceful gestures of the hand are revealed in her bold charcoal drawings; a delicacy of mark is seen in the pastel works; and a deft use of color is displayed in the mesmerizing paintings.

The quiet power and restrained energy of Kaufman’s work are most evident in the blurred edges of forms where colors interact with each other in determined and surprising ways. Among the many dualities found in the work is the appearance of the artist’s hand, which is both distant and personal. This gives the paintings and drawings a flickering quality, where opposing ideas coexist and commingle 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 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; City of San Jose, CA; 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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