Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Twenty-Four in New York, a series of new works by Oakland-based artist Brett Amory, in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
Following his 2012 exhibition Twenty-Four in San Francisco, Amory spent a month in New York City, researching, photographing and filming various locations throughout the five boroughs to serve as reference material for his new series Twenty-Four in New York. The artist filmed a total of 40 locations, each in a one-hour increment at different times of day and night. Video footage of 24 locations will be projected in a grid of 24 frames in consecutive order beginning and ending with midnight. The hour-long intervals will run simultaneously, representing a full day in the city of New York.
Amory’s work portrays abstracted studies of urban life through fragmented cityscapes and anonymous, isolated figures. The exhibition includes twelve paintings documenting different locations throughout the city, some iconic institutions and others of the sadly, rapidly disappearing variety. The artist will also create a site-specific installation around one of the paintings, which incorporates a magazine stand with architectural components.
At each location, Amory collected various found objects to be displayed on a pedestal alongside the painting. Whether lost or discarded, the ephemera relates to the surrounding communities like anthropological findings, lending context to the painted landscapes (ie: Korean cigarette boxes in Flushing, jewelry in the East Village, drug baggies by the Bowery Mission homeless shelter, baby pacifiers in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg).
Additional locations include: Grand Central Station, The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Tom’s Restaurant on the Upper West Side, Bleeker Bob’s Record Store and Webster Hall in the West Village, Ray’s Candy Shop in the East Village, Chinatown in Manhattan, Main Street Flushing and the Iron Triangle in Queens, Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Bridge.
Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has lived in the Bay Area of California for the past 15 years, living in San Francisco for 13 years before relocating to Oakland in 2009, where he is currently based. Amory attended The Academy of Arts in San Francisco. Amory’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York. He has also been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Bay Guardian, who named him artist of the year in 2012 with a featured cover story.
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