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Amie Cunat

Amie Cunat, Hideout, 2016, latex paint on wall, cardboard, acrylic, washi paper and newsprint, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Amie Cunat’s work investigates the parallel between abstraction and perception. In her installations, she transforms a space by painting on the walls and ceiling in brilliant hues and bold patterns. Sculptural objects placed directly on the floor create a skewed sense of scale and perspective, caused by the interplay between two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional forms. Viewers are encouraged to discover formal and phenomenological idiosyncrasies as they engage in the experience of looking and finding. Cunat’s source imagery is often based on real objects or scenes that she observes and reinterprets in an abstracted form. She allows them, however, to retain certain qualities that make the representation seem familiar but not quite recognizable.

For the 2016 SUnroom Project Space, Cunat explores the protective aspect of the Sunroom space, a natural yet urban environment typically used as a place of leisure, where the landscape can be enjoyed safely from inside. Similarly, Cunat is interested in using the high-visibility colors of game hunting as a kind of anti-camouflage, differentiating between the hunter and the natural setting of the hunt. The installation consists of a site-specific wall painting and suspended pieces that resemble large nets, relying on and contrasting with the architectural features of the Sunroom. In the wall painting, for example, the contours of amorphous shapes play off of the geometric grids of the windows and doors. The artist uses warm colors, including hunter orange and magenta, which contrast with the dominant greens of the summer landscape visible through the windows. For the hanging elements, the artist drew from various sources of inspiration, including camouflage netting used for hunting and the latticework of trellises found in greenhouses and gardens. She was struck by the way these manufactured items are often disguised to look natural and blend in with the surrounding vegetation, masking what they hold. Walking among Cunat’s net forms, the viewer becomes a part of her constructed environment.

Cunat earned a BA from Fordham University, a post-baccalaureate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Cornell University. She has had solo exhibitions at Outside, North Adams, MA; Foley Gallery’s Window Installation, New York, NY; Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn, NY; The Cooper Union, New York, NY; and AIRY Gallery, Kofu, Japan. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Mountain, Brooklyn, NY; Ventana 244, Brooklyn, NY; Whitebox Gallery, New York, NY and Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY. Artist residencies include Artist-Teacher Residency at The Cooper Union, Artist in Residence Yamanashi and Parsons Paris Artist Residency. 

Amie Cunat, Study for Hideout, 2016, latex paint on wall, cardboard, acrylic, washi paper, newsprint, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Meet the artist on Saturday afternoon , July 30.

Click here to learn more about the artist. A release about the show is available here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.