Sharing a couple of progress photos of a new painting for Gristle Art Gallery’s upcoming “Killing Jar” exhibition. This insect-themed group exhibit opens October 20th at Gristle Art Gallery in New York. I can’t reveal the finished painting yet, but these are some sneak previews of my piece while it was in progress. The title is Delicate, which refers to the delicate beauty of the stag beetle. It is an acrylic on canvas, 5″ wide by 5″ high. The finished piece will be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can view more work from this series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.
My painting Interconnect is featured in the May 2018 issue of Vie Magazine. It is part of their Introspections page and is a teaser to a larger article to be featured in their Animal issue coming out in August. Look for Interconnect in the Couture issue out now. And if you’re in New York, you can see Interconnect in person at Gristle Art Gallery now through May 5th.
My latest painting in the In Our Veins series is now online. This piece was created for Gristle Art Gallery’s “Floriography” exhibition going on now through May 5th, 2018. It’s titled Interconnect and is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high. The human third eye refers to our connection to all of nature, both flora and fauna.
I chose to paint a jaguar for this piece- one of my favorite big cats ever since childhood. And an appropriate subject for a floriography-themed exhibit as their black spots are referred to as “rosettes” because of their rose-like shape. Jaguars are mainly found in the Amazon or remote areas of Central and South America. They haven’t reached full endangered status -yet- but their population is in decline and they are listed as Threatened.
This is a sneak preview of sorts of my new painting Interconnect which will be part of Gristle Art Gallery’s “Floriography” exhibition. It was selected as a promotional image for the show, so I’ll be posting the full image (sans text) once the exhibit opens. If you are or will be in Brooklyn, New York anytime soon, the exhibition will be up March 10th through May 5th. There will be an opening reception this Saturday, March 10th from 7-9pm. More details here: https://www.gristleartgallery.com/current.html.
In addition to my dodo bird painting, I’ve had another piece in the works for an upcoming exhibition. This is a little sneak preview of my painting for the “Floriography” exhibition to be held at Gristle Art Gallery in New York. The entire painting is 6″ wide by 6″ high and is an acrylic on canvas. The exhibition will open March 10th. I’ll give more details soon (sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to know when the finished piece is up: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html).
In The Wild West, a skeletal horse and human hybrid, suggesting our practices of genetic manipulation, serves as a grim tale of foreboding. The skeleton, the horse skull, and the desert are symbols of cowboys and typical Western imagery. Television Westerns would typically portray life as good vs. bad, when in reality, the land, environment, people, and animals were all seen as a means to an end. The title refers to how the U.S., itself a part of the western hemisphere, is still taking over land, animals, and resources to this day, creating desert landscapes via clear-cutting and global warming.
I will have work in the upcoming “Emerging to Established” group exhibition at Krause Gallery in New York, NY in January 2017. The exhibit opens January 7th, 2017 with a reception from 6-8pm and will remain up through January 31st.
The Frieze art fair in New York has a donkey on display as an “exhibit.” The “artist” is Maurizio Cattelan. The donkey is left standing around in an empty room with a chandelier above. What? This has no meaning, no message, nothing. The artist thinks it connects humans to animals. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, this donkey is on display, an object for our entertainment. This is no different than going to a zoo, other than the pointless chandelier.
Many people are up in arms over the welfare of the donkey. Of course the show promoters argue that the donkey has it “good” and much better than being in a barn. Then again, are animals meant to just live out their lives in a barn?
This is not the first time animals have been used as “art.” Last year there were a dozen horses cooped up in a gallery. And in 2014, tortoises had i-Pads screwed into their shells for an “installation” piece by Cai Guo-Qiang. These are just recent examples that have made headlines. Unfortunately, there are others. In every one of these cases, the artists and the gallery owners all argue that the animals are fine and unharmed. There is no way that they can know this. They just issue some sanitary, generic statement to put the public at ease and go about their day. The animals are not their highest concern.
There is no reason why live animals should be used as art. If you were to replace the animal with a child, you would get a call from Social Services, so how is it any different for any other living being? There are ways to get your message across without using live animals. You’re an artist, get creative and figure out another way. I paint animals, I focus on our connection to the natural world, and I also deal with difficult issues such as habitat destruction and extinction, just to name a few.
If you really want to make a statement, how about going vegan? How about not supporting companies that test on animals? How about rescuing animals rather than using them? That’s a far greater statement than this so-called art.
A few of my small paintings in the In Our Veins series have recently found new homes in Louisiana and New York. A couple of them were just featured in my newsletter upon finishing. Circular and Vision are both acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4″ and Conserve is also an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 4″ high.
These are the remaining small paintings in this series available:
I have two shows coming up- one in New York and one in New Orleans. “(Ouroboros)” is a group exhibition opening at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, June 6th through July 25th. The other exhibit is called “Reinventing the Helm” and will open at Sara Nightingale Gallery in the Hamptons, June 6th through August 3rd.
“(Ouroboros)” opens with a reception on June 6th, 6-9pm, in conjunction with the Julia Street Artwalk in New Orleans. “Reinventing the Helm” opens June 6th as well, 6-8pm.