Tom Swope Gallery
Amy Pleasant: Standing Torsos with Sculpture from Antiquity
Tom Swope Gallery | Hudson, New York
September 15-December 30, 2018
Tom Swope Gallery, in collaboration with Jeff Bailey Gallery, is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by Amy Pleasant, Standing Torsos. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on Saturday, September 8, 6-8PM.
Amy Pleasant’s work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition. Adopting the structure of a diagram or list, Pleasant explores the fragmented figure as sign or symbol. With a limited palette and an economy of line, she draws images like writing a letter, documenting essential, universal motions and human behaviors. This repetitive drawing process creates a visual language over time, like an alphabet.
The pairing of her drawings with objects from antiquity brings together her interest in archeology and ancient depictions of the human body. The series of drawings on view, Standing Torsos, not only calls to mind fragments from antiquity, but our own bodies, poses, and shadows. They trace the line of contrapposto from Greece to the present, a form that reveals its psychological disposition through the subtle tensioning of the body. A puffed chest or slack back is achieved through the simplest of means, as a figure spins, slumps, flirts, and dances. There is an androgynous quality to many her torsos, a quality shared by the deliberately asexual early Chinese Buddhist sculptures displayed in the gallery.