September 8 - November 3, 2018
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent work by Bay Area artist Amy Kaufman. Represented by Traywick Contemporary since its founding, Kaufman will present new paintings and works on paper, showcasing the diverse scope of her work.
Kaufman’s work is rooted in a formal art practice and rigorous studio approach. Through a variety of media such as paint, charcoal, pastel, silverpoint and graphite, she transforms stripes, looping lines and geometric shapes into bold patterns that suggest space and movement.
With an enduring interest in art history, Kaufman is often inspired by a range of sources, from Islamic art to Renaissance paintings to contemporary process-driven work. Her thoughtful engagement with the world around her, as well as a curiosity in the everyday, allows her to translate incidental observations into complex works whose origins are often obscured. In Asplenium 2, organic forms fan out into a graphic linear pattern that was initially inspired by the design of a tire tread. At first glance, the composition appears to be straightforward, but upon close examination the focal point becomes the accumulation of irregularities, including chance marks and intentional gestures.
This careful balance between order and disorder allows for subject and process to merge in Kaufman’s work. In 4 rex 2, an asymmetrical grouping of off-kilter rectangles shift and float in the open space surrounding them, propelled by her playful use of color and subtle tonal variations. Despite an overall formal approach, Kaufman keeps a looseness to her pieces, often showing her hand. Finger prints, smudges of pastel and traces of charcoal dust serve as a record of her process.
Amy Kaufman has exhibited her work extensively 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 Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; The Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Monterey Museum of Art Monterey, CA; and The United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Singapore.