Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Amy Pleasant: Blink, an exhibition of new paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Pleasant's new work focuses on the body’s shape and contours. Silhouetted forms evoke everyday motions and gestures. Facial profiles suggest turning heads. Bent legs show the body in repose.
The figure is broken down into constituent parts, almost like fragments from statuary or remnants from an archeological dig. Time at once passes and stands still, is captured and is fleeting.
The exhibition's title, Blink, refers to two immediacies: that which Pleasant employs in her working process and that which she seeks to convey in the moment of viewing. Forms are pared down and excesses stripped away. In her new painted ceramic sculptures, two curved planes are joined together as head-like shapes seen from different angles.
This is Amy Pleasant’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Other solo exhibitions include the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA; Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN; and Whitespace, Atlanta, GA. Group exhibitions include The Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Columbus Museum of Art, GA; Hunterdon Art Museum, Chattanooga, TN; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC; and the Art in Embassies Program. Pleasant received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and MFA from the Tyler School of Art, PA (1999). She lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.