Dot Fiftyone Gallery
presents its first exhibition with Amanda Valdez (B. 1982 Seattle).
“Hot Bed” is the artist premier solo show in Miami. The
exhibition will include new paintings made of fabric, paint and
embroidery and works on paper.
Amanda Valdez uses
fabric, embroidery, paint, and a sewing machine to make her
paintings. Oscillating between abstraction and representation her
shapes poke at everything human. She examines how painting and
sculpture can represent the physical experiences and stories of the
body, using different modes of making to give a larger sense of time
on a historic scale. Her works are a matrix of gestures, styles, and
materials referring to visual cultures that are both western and
non-western, creating a variety of historical references, from
quilting and sewing, to tiling and brick-laying, to virtuoso gestural
painting. The Bauhaus weaving workshop, Islamic architecture and
patterning, pre-modern American quilt design, Byzantine mosaics, and
American post-war abstraction are all important sources for Valdez.
Her works operate as a reflection of the body, and the histories that
the body holds in its physical makeup: scars, sags, symmetries and
asymmetries, and a lifetime of emotions. They have a physical
presence, feeling as though they mirror something fundamental about
one’s own presence and weight.
Amanda is based in New
York. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and
BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the
recipient of an Artist-in-Residency awards from Yaddo, MacDowell
Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Joan Mitchell
Center. She was awarded the 2011 College Art Association MFA
Professional-Development Fellowship. Recent solo exhibitions includeRotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez. Ladies’ Night, Mead Art
Museum, Amherst University, The Mysteries, at Koki Arts,
Tokyo, Thick as Thieves, at Denny Gallery, and Double Down,at Prole Drift. Recent group exhibitions include: Time &
Tide: Amanda Valdez and Caris Reid, Denny Gallery, Diamond
Seat: Amanda Valdez and Caris Reid, Circuit 12, Dallas, A
Common Thread: Stitching and Embroidery, San Jose Museum of
Quilts and Textiles, About us, at GaleriaAgustina
Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Taking Off: Hot New Painters,
at Reynolds Gallery, Virginia. She has been featured on the
Huffington Post, New American Paintings, Forbes, Paper Magazine, the
Stranger, and Hyperallergic. She has contributed to Bomb Magazineand Dossier Journal.