Taking Cues from Stand-Up Comedy, Amy Feldman Whips Up Dynamic Paintings
“Amy Feldman: Mirror Cool,” the artist’s second show at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, exhibits a group of minimalist, slightly drippy paintings that have an in-your-face quality that owes much to the artist’s instinctual, zero-sum process. The artist sees her works as being like jokes told by a stand up comedian—it’s one shot, so it better be good. “Risk and anxiety are important,” she explains. “I want to communicate a clear urgency and the work must feel immediate and direct.”
This connection to comedy is repeated in her
Feldman gives the viewer just enough information to allow her works to coalesce into some significance, but then leaves them there, encouraging the viewer to finish what she started. It’s a trusting gesture, and an effective one—by quickly slapping up a road-map to memory, she achieves the connection between artist, artwork, and viewer, a good sign of a successful artwork.