land, sea, sky...
Williamsburgh Library, Art Gallery (branch info)
land, sea, sky…by Amy Bay
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and a site-specific piece created for the Williamsburgh Library.
In my work, I draw attention to parts of a site that might otherwise be unnoticed or taken for granted. I do this through a kind of mimicry or replication of forms, often whittling them down to quintessential elements. This comes from a personal tendency to find meaning and importance in things that are considered commonplace or banal. Much of my imagery is mined from disparate resources such as storybook illustrations, technical drawing handbooks, decorative wall coverings, photomechanical reproductions and photos I take in various natural and built environments.
Billow, a site-specific piece created for the Brooklyn Public Library, uses cut vinyl cloud forms to create an illusory extension of the library walls. Derived from scenic wallpapers of the 19th Century. Billow creates a place for the viewer to forget the physical barrier of the wall in much the same way that a book might envelope a reader, transporting them to a new location through language.
Amy Bay received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in Barcelona, Spain and Winchester, England from Winchester School of Art. She has received grants and project awards from institutions such as the Lower East Side Printshop, Dieu Donné Papermill and Women's Studio Workshop and has shown her work both nationally and internationally. Her exhibition history has included shows at The Drawing Center, Printed Matter, Dieu Donné Papermill, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Carriage House at The Islip Museum of Art, d.u.m.b.o. arts center, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, Can Felipa/Art Públic, Barcelona and Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.