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AMY BERNSTEIN: ART DOWNTOWN NOVEMBER 2011

AMY BERNSTEIN: NEW GAMES


On view November 2nd – November 29th, 2011
Artist reception First Thursday November 3rd, 6pm – 8pm

Amy Bernstein’s abstractions are formal experimentations.  Stemming from art history and language, Bernstein attempts to find new meaning in form.  Minimal but sensuous, Bernstein’s paintings pay homage to the tradition of painting while searching for ways to upend the general mode of picture making.  She endeavors to ask the viewer what intention or inference can be gleaned from shapes that have not yet become precise symbols.  How can a form act dually as both a record of a moment and as new language?  How can an abstract shape be stereotypical?  How have we accepted a prescribed visual subset almost unknowingly?  Where is the beauty in the things we cannot name? The paintings in New Games attempt to work outside the realm of the named and the nameable in order to describe a more accurate, visceral experience.

Amy Bernstein was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and studied painting at RISD in Providence, R.I.  After living in various locales such as Austin, TX and Berlin, Germany, Bernstein makes Portland, OR her home where she works as artist and critic.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Eunah Kim, artist, visionary, and teacher (06/21/1973-11/05/2010).