Amy Lind, July 2008
Opening July 6, 5-8 pm
Lind focuses on women held still by introspection, women who contemplate something out of eyeshot, and women facing
In her second solo show with Robert Lange Studios, Amy Lind presents fourteen new figurative paintings. The show depicts figures basking in an array of natural light and is appropriately titled “By the Window.” On view through the end of July, with a festive reception to be held on July 11, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music in conjunction with the Charleston Fine Art Dealer Association’s Palette & Palate Stroll (call for tickets).
Amy Lind (b. 1983) studied portrait painting at the Florence Academy of Art under “living master” Maureen Hyde and with Michael Grimaldi at the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
For “By the Window” Lind manipulated the formal constructs of each piece in order to create portraits that reveal the particular character of her female subjects. The focus in her series lies within the delicate moments of these women and the play of light on their forms. Lind’s inclusion of bold graphic textures from objects such as Chinese parasols creates stunning contrast and rhythm as it interplays with the soft organic form and flesh of the figure. This show is imbued with Lind’s masterful ability to create captivating images that intrigue viewers but still leave them satisfied with the beauty of light and form that exists within each painting.
“Rather than letting the face tell the whole story, I am incorporating more of the full figure: each encompassing a different environment,” said Lind. The mood of each piece is affected by both the different tones and strength of the lighting as well as the gesture of the subjects’ varied poses. While a delicate narrative is suggested in all of these works, it is left to the viewer to ultimately complete each story.
In “Latent Love” the cool gray light casts a shadow on the wall that angles down with the direction of the subject’s gaze and hand. The overall somber painting challenges the viewer to question whether the subject is experiencing a sense of longing or contentment. Is she waiting for someone to fill the empty space next to her within her arm’s embrace or is she fulfilled simply embracing the stillness of a quiet moment by herself?
“By the Window” exudes a strong confidence as the sunlight illuminates the subject’s upright profile. It creates a bold design of warm shadow shapes next to the glowing edge of her face and scarf.
“There, Still” pictures a young woman sitting in a window resting a brilliant, translucent blue parasol on her lap. The soft, indirect light reveals a textured wall beside her, which inhabits most of the painting and alludes to an older nostalgic location. The edge of the painting next to the figure in a sense becomes the edge of the window. Thus, allowing the viewer to be in the room with the depicted figure and wonder what environment her eyes are interacting with beyond the limits of the window. This painting gives the viewer the ability to discern whether the woman’s expression is one of tranquility or sorrow.
“I am entranced by the infinite possibilities of shapes, textures, and emotions that can be created as the form moves, and I will never tire of examining those subtleties that inherently exist in the human figure,” said Lind.
FOOD REVIEW for the Palette & Palate Stroll
July 14, 2008 – 4:10 pm
I’m an art fan. I love contemporary painting, abstract impressionism, sculpture using different mediums, but I’m not gonna lie. As far as I’m concerned, this event might as well have been called the Palate and Palate and Palate Race Toward Diabetes. When it came down to having platters of endless hors’ doeuvres made by Charleston’s top chefs in front of my face, a glass of wine in my hand, and 15 galleries to hit in two hours, I couldn’t give a damn about what was hanging on the walls.
It started to rain at about four o’clock that afternoon, but it didn’t seem to effect the stroll too much. By the time 5:30 p.m. rolled around, there was only a slight drizzle, heavy enough to poof my hair and make me decide to wear a cocktail dress with sneakers but not enough to change my plans for the evening.
I began at Robert Lange Studios, one of my favorite galleries downtown, where Mike Lata from FIG was featuring a melon soup with feta cheese in a small plastic cup and a Sea Island deviled egg. The chilled soup was like a carnival grab bag of offbeat textures and flavors. The chunks of sharp feta and cantaloupe popping into mouth were fun and unexpected, but not exactly what I would enjoy if it were an entire bowl of soup. Nonetheless, still worth mentioning and not even close to the worst shot I’ve ever taken.
link to full review: http://cuisine.ccpblogs.com/
JULY 23, 2008 VISUAL ARTS REVIEW | By the Window: Works by Amy Lind
Tender Spirit: Amy Lind’s realism somehow beguiles
BY KEVIN MURPHY
By the Window: Works by Amy Lind
On view through July 31
Robert Lange Studios
151 East Bay St.
The air may be thick as syrup, and the pavement outside cut into jagged slabs by a construction crew, but the atmosphere within the Robert Lange Gallery is as cool and still as an undisturbed swimming pool.
I’ve visited this East Bay Street gallery many times and regard it as a place of discordant harmony, a place that offers attractive contemporary paintings as well as refuge from the throngs of clodhoppers who never fail to amble about the sidewalk. But it is also a place that presents artists whose work is attractive and safe.
Recently, I zipped down on my bike and felt genuine relief as I walked through the door. Outside, the mercury was hitting its noontime stride and a construction crew mushroomed dusty gravel into the air. But inside, the handsomely framed paintings and deep sofas, the cold air, and soft murmurs of Coldplay’s latest CD brought me to a comfortable state that was ideal for admiring a new collection of work by the painter Amy Lind.
The dozen paintings are entitled By the Window. Lind focuses on women held still by introspection, women who contemplate something out of eyeshot, and women facing the sunshine sifting through their subtly tilted parasols.
Lind’s subjects are placed in settings that are urban exteriors or plush, velvety-like interiors — settings that evoke a spirit of candid revelation, or perhaps inward examination, as the women stare beyond us, pretty and composed in their search for whatever it is that has inspired their attention.
“Familiar Air” is a wide, vertical portrait of a woman leaning against an open doorway. Sunlight beams through her blonde hair, her slightly flushed cheeks and glossy lips, and infuses the painting with tenderness and spirituality. But there is a stern brick wall rising behind the woman, and shadows crawl up the lower half of her red dress. Suddenly, you sense what the woman is thinking, feeling, or about to do. The top half of the painting is alive, shimmering with daylight. The lower half lingers near the floor like smoke, the dense hues waiting to rise up.
“Keeping Secret” captures a vibrant rush of blues, browns, and whites. The brown shine of a hardwood floor reflects the legs of a white chair, upon which sits another parasol-holding woman. The woman faces the wall, an enveloping sweep of sky-blue that juxtaposes the soft pigment of her bare back.
The woman’s elegant anonymity gives this painting a gentility that feels rooted in the South.
“Eyelet Dress” tells the moody, keep-your-chin-up story of a woman left unfulfilled. Her drooping hat conceals her eyes, a lacy black dress and slight frown suggest her hopes have been deflated by a forgotten promise. But she possesses determination and beauty, two traits that keep her attractive to the viewer. The painting is still, reflective, and assured. As you search for clues, “Eyelet Dress” develops a complexity that begs for answers.
Finally, the distinct features of the woman in “Profile.” The woman is transfixed by tight concentration, her face’s aquiline character a sharp contrast to the bundle of soft golden dreads that dangle behind her head. The woman remains poised for Lind’s brush, which creates a timeless, classic painting.
Lind’s work furthers the realistic style of painting found at Robert Lange Studios — a type of art that captures moments as precisely as a camera might, but reveals its true nature through brush strokes and color application. Her paintings, along with the gallery’s atmosphere, make this is a destination for anyone who appreciates the cool seduction of contemporary art.