Amanda Browder “Chromatic Hi-Five! ELECTRIC TAILGATE”


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Calico presents a solo exhibition of work by Greenpoint-based artist, Amanda Browder. Chromatic Hi-Five! ELECTRIC TAILGATE brings a new twist, and an explosive party, to a piece that has been influenced and physically altered by the citizens of different communities where this piece has shown. As a celebration of nostalgic times, ELECTRIC TAILGATE will be a metaphorical vintage photograph, saturated in color, nostalgia and awkwardness. Celebrate its symbolic high-school prom, and make sure to take a selfie to commemorate its transition from teen to adult.

Shown originally as part of the Nuit Blanche / Leitmotif festival in Toronto, Chromatic Hi-Five! was constructed by covering a moving truck with donated fabrics from the area. Later, the piece was altered in Milwaukee with students and re-shown in the snow at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. The artist has reimagined the work for the gallery setting and will replicate the “box-truck” form within the gallery space to create the illusion of a parked vehicle in the room, once again completely wrapped in colorful, geometric abstraction.

Browder’s projects are additive and subtractive experiences which aim to collaboratively build sculpture with the parallel uniqueness of what is “collaborative.” The artist aims to engage local citizens - wherever the project is taking place - with the conceptual approach of gathering and collecting as a community praxis. The works seek to physically challenge the uniqueness of the individual as represented in a color field of fabric donations sewn into a mono-chromatic conversation. Central to the psychedelic experience, Browder uses bright colors and familiar materials to recreate this subtle change in perception. The overarching goal is to involve individuals and groups in the mystery of creation. Volunteerism of local citizens and artists is a segway to creating familiarity in contemporary art as well as the individual nature of the neighborhood itself. From material collection to construction and exhibition, these projects aim to encourage community volunteers to participate in ways that require collaboration and conversation…conversation about city, community, architecture and art.

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder received an MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York producing large-scale fabric installations for building exteriors and other public sites. She has shown nationally and internationally, including at the New Museum, Ideas City Festival and FAB Fest, New York City; Center for the Arts + University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY; University of Alabama at Birmingham AAHD, Birmingham, AL; Nuit Blanche Public Art Festival/LEITMOTIF in Toronto; The Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn; Mobinale, Prague; Allegra LaViola Gallery, NYC; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo; White Columns, NYC; and No Longer Empty, Brooklyn. She has been published in books such as Unexpected Art: Chronicle Books and Strange Material; Arsenal Pulp Press. This year she worked with the Albright Knox Art-Gallery in Buffalo, NY.



from October 28, 2016 to December 03, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-10-28 from 18:00 to 21:00


Amanda Browder

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