Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5
Stunning Violet Clusters, 2016, Watercolor monotype and decals on panel, 32 1/2 " x 46". Courtesy of the artist.
Using collage, sculpture and painting to explore the intersections of commerce and culture, Amy Pryor constructs landscapes that incorporate data, maps and aerial photography into visual-verbal works. She transforms consumer packaging and advertising flyers into atmospheric, mixed-media paintings, creating a world that is awash in logos, barcodes, buzzwords and slogans. The celestial bodies that litter the sky in Stunning Violet Clusters are actually promotional stickers, proclaiming “Bold Flavor!,” “Special!,” “This Offer is Insane!” and other catchphrases. Red, Yellow! contrasts high and low culture, collaging images of antique pottery from auction catalogues with discount store advertising copy, heightening the tension with gestural brushstrokes. Pryor mixes abstraction and representation, natural and artificial, handmade and mass-produced to demonstrate just how pervasively marketing and consumerism have infiltrated our world.
Pryor has exhibited her collages and installations at the New Haven Museum; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Islip Art Museum; the Bronx River Art Center; No Longer Empty at 900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY; and Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education and the Riverdale YM-YWHA, both in the Bronx, NY. Pryor participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She earned an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in art history and sculpture from Ohio University.
Red, Yellow!, 2016, Mixed media collage on panel, 34” x 30”. Courtesy of the artist.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.