If you like David Bowie, chances are you’ll appreciate the aesthetic of the Labyrinth solo show at the Gallery at Black Rock. The show opens with a reception for the artist, Amber Maida, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, June 4.
Anyone who went to the White Space Gallery when it was on Chapel Street in New Haven has seen her work hanging by those gorgeous Salvador Dali lithographs. Amber is now being represented by the Black Rock gallery.
The Naugatuck artist’s work has already gained recognition. Last September’s Art World News Magazine featured her work, as did Ink Magazine the year before. A suite of her paintings were selected by Richard’s of Greenwich for the 2009 Art to the Avenue exhibition in Greenwich. Her work has also been in juried exhibitions at AIRS in New Haven, the Housatonic Museum of Art, the Silvermine Guild of Art in New Canaan and Lazy Pear Gallery in Montpelier, VT.
Her new body of work, “A Labyrinth Line Existence,” alludes to a quote from David Bowie’s interview on the 1993 “Black Tie White Noise” film. She plays Bowie’s music often while in the studio. “Bowie has been a strong influence on my work, which has developed into a visual vocabulary on the canvas,” Maida says.
The work is simply stunning, particularly her mixed-media paintings.
“I create tactile counter-environments that express myth and uncover the mystery hidden within reality,” Maida explains. “I juxtapose dualities — fragility/strength, ancient/contemporary, external/internal — to exploit a tension…”
“My materials are carefully chosen and strongly symbolic,” Maida continues. “My work contains recurring motifs and materials including golden labyrinths, fluid backdrops, crackled textures, vintage books, silks, feathers, eggshells, and line drawings of suspended worlds. I hope that my images take viewers deeper within their own realm of realization.”
You might see what she means, in a Flash presentation, here. My favorite is “The Passing of Time.”
Update: Video, more details on Amber here.