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Amy Lemaire
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT:

I gravitate towards objects that carry a social currency, which is constantly being negotiated. I see the glass bead as a unit of cultural worth: an actualization of value, which can be deciphered in many different ways.

 

The primary material used in the work is glass. I have chosen this material for it’s ubiquitous presence in contemporary western culture, as well as it’s link to many other disciplines and histories. Glass lenses and windows comprise microscopes, telescopes, cameras and screens that extend our ability to perceive. We live in an environment surrounded by glass, and it is through this material that we, quite literally, see the world.

 

Glass, also used to simulate precious and semiprecious materials, raises the question of mimesis. Each color in the palette connects to stories of supply and demand: the history of the commerce of cultural objects.

 

Relying heavily of the language of painting and drawing (line quality, color relationships) and also drawing from the vocabulary of object-making (balance, weight, volume) I have attempted to create a hybrid aesthetic language which allows me to access multiple histories simultaneously.

 

These points of reference anchor the work and serve as a starting point for considering these objects in the context of visual philosophy and storage medium for values and ideas. These are just as much objects to think with as they are carriers of social and cultural meaning, which is why many of the pieces have two positions: active- when displayed in relation to the body, and at rest – in a more formal sculptural configuration.

 

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    2015
    borosilicate, copper, silver

  • Non-Euclidian Strand
    2014
    glass, steel wire

  • Kosmos
    2015
    glass, steel wire, brass.

  • Beads in the Hand
    2015
    Xerographic print on paper

  • Forces
    2013
    Borosilicate, magnetite

  • Borderland/New Deal Currency Strand
    2012
    glass, sterling silver, steel

  • Ptsitticine Currency Strand
    2014
    glass, steel wire, sterling silver
    Modeled by Meg Foley

  • Painting with Punty
    2012
    flasche, guache on paper, wood

  • Unfurnished
    2014
    glass, steel wire, sterling silver

  • Non-Euclidian Strand
    2014
    glass, steel wire, sterling silver

  • Family Tree
    2015
    glass

  • Revolution
    2013
    glass, steel, clay

  • Cyanometer
    2016
    glass, steel wire

  • Infrastructure
    2015
    borosilicate, copper, silver

  • Balloons
    2014
    glass

  • Impasto
    2014
    glass

  • History of the Present Moment (detail)
    2016
    glass, mixed materials

  • History of the Present Moment (detail)
    2016
    glass, mixed materials

  • Impasto 2
    2014
    glass, mixed materials

  • Wing
    2014
    glass, mixed materials
 








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