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"Amy Trachtenberg: The Weatherhead Series"
2004-07-09 until 2004-08-25
Brian Gross Fine Art
San Francisco, CA,
USA United States of America
San Francisco artist, Amy Trachtenberg, opens her first solo exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art. Entitled The Weatherhead Series, the center of this exhibition is an installation of 70 painted panels, each 14 by 11 inches, based on photographs taken by Trachtenberg of the weatherhead, defined as the physical point of connection between a building and the power grid. Each panel interrelates with the painting to the left, right, top and bottom, mimicking cuts and montage inherent in poetry and film. Reflective of natural elements like water and air, this installation is an abstract interpretation of how industry affects the natural world.
Trachtenberg's larger canvases, measuring 90 by 60 inches, demonstrate subtle shadowing and veils of color that create both contemplative and complex paintings using abstracted imagery of the weatherhead. Working in a related, monochromatic palette, these paintings are stained as much as painted to create a quieter reflection on the impact of industry on nature.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1955, Trachtenberg studied at California State University in Sonoma, where she received her BA. Trachtenberg continued her studies at the L'Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris receiving her MFA in Painting and Drawing. Her work has been exhibited in numerous alternative spaces throughout San Francisco and she is the artist in residence at VALA (Visual Arts Literary Arts, San Francisco East Bay schools). She has also received grants and awards from the California Arts Council and the SF Arts Commission. Trachtenberg currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.