Travelling Without Moving (02.01.08-03.01.08) features paintings by NY-based artist Amanda Church. The changing scales of the individual paintings of varying sizes, from large to very small, aptly reflect the constantly shifting perspectives explored by the artist. The shows title, "Travelling Without Moving," alludes to an exploration of various states of mind as well as to specific locales Church has visited. The works all investigate the notion of place, both actual and imagined, and each painting generally resolve into an abstracted arena between those two inverse poles. Much of the imagery comes from tropical or seaside locales -- Puerto Rico, Florida, and eastern Long Island -- and is derived from plants, flowers and the configurations formed by water waves, sky and sand. There also are repeated references to the blurred edge of the horizon line, which rarely stays horizontal. In the most recent pieces, Church introduces a new vocabulary, pitting jagged, razor-sharp edges and starbursts against her signature biomorphic shapes and lines. These forms occupy an ambiguous landscape of uncanny spaces in uncertain relations with each other and with the viewer. Far from static, the forms in these paintings evoke movement or a sense of "growing" onto and around each other, suggesting the passage of, or shift in, time.
Amanda Church studied Painting and Drawing at Bennington College and has exhibited her art in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Boston and around the world.