b + w
Exhibition and site-specific installation of large-scale charcoal drawings
Amy Kaufman: b+w is an exhibition of Kaufman’s large-scale charcoal drawings on paper created during past thirteen years. The ICA expansive Sandbox gallery makes it possible to show for the first time, several of the artist’s large drawings in one space. A site-specific installation titled Seabox, 2012 will also be presented in the ICA Project Room. This is Kaufman’s largest drawing and her first ‘surround’ piece. Kaufman’s bold, charcoal drawings, which represent the larger part of the artist’s work, represent a range of content and reveal the artist’s meditative practice. “The messy immediacy of the charcoal moving across the paper makes it ideal for quickly expressing ideas. The contrast and simplicity of black and white, along with variations of grey in between, as well as the imprecise quality of the marks and the working of the charcoal into the paper, are the qualities that make this medium appealing to me.” explains Kaufman.
Kaufman draws inspiration from the natural world and everyday objects. She synthesizes and translates her subjects’ patterns, textures and rhythms and invites the viewer to stop, look, absorb and meditate on their own personal references and translation of the works.
Amy Kaufman has shown her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the country 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 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; and United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Sandbox Gallery and Cardinale Project Room