Amanda Valdez “Gratitude”

Denny Dimin Gallery

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[Image: Amanda Valdez "up in the garden" (2021) Embroidery, hand-woven fabric, hand-dyed fabric, oil stick on mounted paper, gouache, and canvas. 42 x 46 in.]
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Denny Dimin Gallery presents Gratitude, a solo exhibition by Amanda Valdez at the gallery’s New York location. This is Valdez’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

For over a decade, Amanda Valdez has incorporated quilting, sewing, and painting into colorful abstract paintings. The artist begins with small scale drawings as a way of “dislodging” ideas and experiences onto the paper. Her shapes emerge from many of her personal experiences including motherhood, growth, running, travel, and relationships. Then, utilizing both hand dyed and commercially sourced fabrics, Valdez sews the shaped panels of fabric into the canvas before stretching it over the frame. Approaching each work differently, she continues the painting with a unique combination of oil stick, gouache, acrylic, and embroidery.

Valdez’s new work introduces weaving as an element in the paintings. The process of weaving enables a further assertion of her own hand and aesthetic into the work, as well as of the female-dominated histories of textiles into abstract painting. In her studio, Valdez has been experimenting with creating and using weaving drafts on her four harness floor loom, as well as combining different elements of weaving and quilting into new variations of patterns to incorporate into her paintings. In works such as Untitled 2 (2021) and high on hope (2021), the various fibers create textural dimension and volume as Valdez tests weaving patterns and transposes her experiments directly onto the work. In Untitled 1 (2021), among others, Valdez created a new weaving draft pattern to design the fabric element of the painting, offering a geometric juxtaposition to the oil stick abstraction.

In titling the show Gratitude, Valdez reflects on the expression of gratitude as a tool to navigate stress, loss, and tragedy. A tumultuous year of suffering the death of a parent, becoming a mother, and the ongoing challenges of navigating a pandemic in New York City pushed Valdez to contend with these experiences through the tools she developed when becoming sober as a young adult. She drew on her personal practice of five years of writing gratitude lists to share with other women as part of a sober community via email, with one such list included to accompany the exhibition. Valdez meditates on the concept of collective coping methods and how both creating and experiencing art plays a role in that. She offers her gratitude list in addition to the artworks as a gesture of empathy in our common struggle.

Amanda Valdez received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Piecework at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Rattle Around at KOKI Arts, Wild Child at the Landing Gallery in Los Angeles, First Might at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York, Hot Bed at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, and Ladies’ Night at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. In 2018, she was an artist-in-residence at New Roots Foundation in Guatemala. Valdez has also received prestigious artist residencies at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Hunter College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and Time Equities, Inc. in New York.

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Schedule

from April 02, 2021 to May 15, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-04-02 from 17:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Amanda Valdez

Website

https://dennydimingallery.com/ (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays

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Address: 39 Lispenard St., New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-226-6537

Between Broadway and Church Sts. Subway: N/Q/R/W to Canal Street.

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