The Approach is delighted to present TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE, Los Angeles based artist Amanda Ross-Ho’s first solo show in London.
Ross-Ho’s practice is rooted in navigating understanding, utilizing a wide variety of forms as vehicles through which to embed a rigorous investigation of visual language. Her work regularly unites seemingly oppositional languages and spaces: autobiographical artifacts are mined for formal qualities; traces and residues from studio and gallery practice are meticulously re-created as deliberate gestures; boundaries between private work and public display are collapsed. She revisits images and forms in multiple iterations, creating scale shifts, moving among media, or using positive and negative structures.
For this show Ross-Ho has made a group of new works that function as both a continuation of existing languages within her practice as well as the introduction of a new vocabulary to a growing lexicon. All the works exist on a broad arc, some representing a later stage of evolution and some functioning as new points of departure. This internal architecture, which aims to map the connectivity and simultaneity of disparate forms, is a fundamental aspect of Ross-Ho’s practice. The exhibition uses sculpture, photographs, painting and engagements with the gallery’s architecture to define terms of a constantly evolving personal language. A variety of techniques – ranging from scaled photographs, to hand made textiles, to commercial fabrication – diagram relationships between economies of production and presentation.
Several works have been customized specifically to the architecture of the gallery, reflecting echoes resulting from the personal history of the space. Elaborate translations of found images and objects are juxtaposed with gestures of immediacy, creating tension between temporal and fixed structures. Within the organizing principle of spatial and visual non-sequitors is also a careful consideration of site, context and materiality. Ross-Ho’s work is conversational, initiating dialogue between forms through negotiations of presentation, craft, memory and experience. Singular works demonstrate the careful sorting of a broader totality, acting as coordinates within a consistently expanding network.
Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Solo exhibitions include: Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium, The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, and The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Selected group exhibitions include: Artists Space, New York, Francesca Pia, Zurich, The Approach, London, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Drawing Center, New York, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, The LA Times, Flash Art, and Frieze.