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Contact White Walls- Justin Giarla
White Walls Presents:
I Was Just Thinking
White Walls is pleased to announce I Was Just Thinking, the first solo exhibition in San Francisco by American painter and stencilist Amanda Marie. The opening reception will be Saturday, January 11, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through February 1, 2014.
Amanda has a deeply rich visual language, with 100′s of stencils creating a massive vocabulary of imagery that is both comforting and spooky at the same time. Never heavy-handed, but with subtle hints and nostalgic vision she pulls viewers into her work with imagery dominated by children and totemic animals reminiscent of Golden Books-era illustration. Upon deeper inspection, Amanda’s character placement invokes powerful feelings on sophisticated themes like sexuality and the loss of innocence, greed, happiness, envy and elation.
Amanda’s graphic imagery is primarily aerosol and stencil based. With the current widespread popularity of stencil art it is refreshing to see her unique and expanding language. A language that is distinct from the overtly sexual or violent and punchline oriented imagery that initially drew audiences to the genre. As stencilism matures, Amanda’s visual language is keeping pace with a more developed and discerning eye.
Drawing upon illustrations and characters reminiscent of iconic mid 20th century children’s books, Amanda Marie Ploegsma, better known simply as Amanda Marie, has co-opted a homogenized depiction of an ideal Modern American childhood to her own contemporary devices. Using spray paint and stencils to reproduce her main character’s ad infinitum, a white, well-groomed boy and girl child, she plays on the sameness and ubiquity of this instantly recognizable representation of wholesome American innocence. The modified kids in Amanda Marie’s artwork, with a distinct resemblance to the artist herself, are forever caught ungrounded and out of context, hovering in space, blasted by expressionist splatters, floating within geometric diagrams, and encountering surreal scenarios well beyond the simple comfort of seeing spot run.
For more information on Amanda, visit her site seeyouthroughit.com. You can follow her passion on Instagram @seeyouthroughit.
Interview with Amanda Marie
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
I Was Just Thinking
Opening Reception – Saturday, January 11, 7-11 pm
On View Through February 1, 2014
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109