The opening reception for my solo exhibition, Hyperreality, was held the other night at the Slidell Cultural Center in Slidell, Louisiana. I was delighted to see so many people come out for the event, especially given the cold, dreary weather. I’ve posted a few photos from the opening for those that missed it. There are many more on my website, though, so to view the Slidell Cultural Center slideshow, go to: www.amyguidry.com/events.html. The exhibition will be up through March 30th at the Slidell Cultural Center, located in City Hall.
I recently discovered that I am the current featured artist for Cultural Connections, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation newsletter. I am honored to be selected for the month of February. Each month a representative of the arts is selected, which can be a visual artist, musician, culinary artist, etc. My painting Untitled (Heads) was the chosen image, which you can view on their site at http://culturaleconomy.org/2012/cc/ccbuild/cc0212/.
I’m excited to announce that my painting Everything’s Coming Up Roses is now in the permanent collection of The City of Slidell. It is an acrylic on canvas, 40″ wide by 30″ high, and from my Beneath the Surface series from 2006-2007. It will be located at City Hall in Slidell, Louisiana (just outside of New Orleans), which is my original hometown. I am honored to have a piece in their collection and am in great company as they also have work by George Rodrigue, Barbara Shaw, and George Dunbar, among others. View the painting (as well as zoom in) at this direct link: www.amyguidry.com/everythings_roses.html.
One of my more recent paintings has found a new home in time for Valentine’s Day. Interdependent is one of the small works from my In Our Veins series and is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4″ square. This series deals with the life cycle and the impact that each species has on one another, which is represented in Interdependent. The roots of the tree have a vaguely similar texture and color as the deer antlers, so I took liberty in morphing them together to illustrate the connection of all life forms. The butterflies, as seen in several paintings in this series, are a metaphor for life and our mortality. They are beautiful, delicate, and fragile, and here for a short time, reminding us that life is precious.
I’ve recently added two new paintings to my In Our Veins series. The first is The Ties That Bind, an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 12″ high and is available through Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX. Next is a new small painting, Full Circle, also acrylic on canvas, and is 4″ x 4″ square. Both paintings deal with the life cycle and how everything eventually becomes part of the earth, continuously nourishing and fostering new life. We often forget that everything has a role in nature, which The Ties That Bind serves as a reminder of this. Every species is connected and to remove one creates a domino effect leading back to us. Get a better view of each painting here www.amyguidry.com/ties_that_bind.html and www.amyguidry.com/full-circle.html.
I am happy to share with you that my work is currently featured on OK Great. Two paintings from the In Our Veins series are included- The Wild West and Untitled (Heads). Brendan Ward said of my work, “Such beautifully demented paintings from Amy Guidry. I’ve been watching a lot of Breaking Bad lately, and maybe it’s just the desert landscapes prevalent in her work, but I can’t help but associate Amy’s series “Wild West” with the show. Twisted, but oddly familiar.” Check it out as well as the array of great art and design on there at this link: www.okaygreat.com/2012/01/amy-guidry/