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"Deep inside his pictures\, a shape stands up and listens"\n

Jayne Anne Phillips\, Lark and Termite\, Alfred A. Knopf\, 2009

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Campoli Presti is pleased to announce A S hape that Listens: new drawings\, Amy Sillman’s first solo exhibition at th e gallery. The show features twenty-two new drawings along with one paintin g. Both mediums follow an interrelated methodology in which drawing allows to open an area of structural space in painting without following a set ord er.

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Sillman’s drawings are open-ended investigations that use the straightforward materiality of form: shape\, l ine\, silhouette\, cut\, stain\, color\, tone\, fragment. While this practi ce offers the pleasures of the formal language\, she works at the same time with a psychological procedure of constant contradiction\, building\, dest roying and rebuilding again in a restless ongoing course of action. She dep loys an anxiously active set of moves against a simple immediate mark or fo rm—something easy against something hard\, something unedited and impulsive against something complicated. Sillman works until the material speaks to itself\, contradicts itself\, suggests something it did not know\, goes aga inst its own grain.

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She paints and dr aws using innumerable layers\, none of which the viewer sees in the final o ne\, but which can be sensed from their active surface. As A. Ellegood sugg ests\, figure becomes so dominant that paradoxically becomes invisible. It is the sense of presence of the shape that builds her approach towards abst raction rather than its exclusion from representation.

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“Deep inside his pictures\, a shape stands up and listens ”. These words by Jayne Anne Phillips closely relate to Sillman’s process o f negotiating continuing changes until finding something that emerges from the formal into the flawed and human\, building a relationship between that form and the artist’s hand\, which oddly listens.

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Recent solo exhibitions by Amy Sillman were held at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden\, Washington\, DC\; at the Tang Museum\, at Sk idmore College\, Saratoga Springs\, New York\; and at the Blaffer Gallery\, University of Houston Art Museum\, Houston\, TX. Group exhibitions include \, among others\, Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture Saatchi Gall ery\, London\; Compass in Hand\, MoMA\, New York\; Oranges and Sardines: Co nversations on Abstract Painting with Mark Grotjahn\, Wade Guyton\, Mary He ilmann\, Charline von Heyl\, and Christopher Wool\, UCLA Hammer Museum\, Lo s Angeles\; the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art \, New York\, NY.

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