Amy Greenfield: Untitled Nude

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Amy Greenfield: Untitled Nude

Time: January 15, 2010 to February 12, 2010
Location: {CTS} creative thriftshop @ Dam Stuhltrager Gallery
Street: 38 Marcy Ave
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY. 11211
Website or Map: http://www.creativethriftshop…
Phone: 718 569 0903
Event Type: gallery, opening
Organized By: CTS creative thriftshop
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2010

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{CTS} creative thriftshop in conjunction with Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery is deeply honored to present Amy Greenfield’s solo exhibition Untitled Nude curated by Lynn del Sol and set to open the winter season of 2010 (Opens Jan. 15th 6-10pm). Amy Greenfield, a filmmaker whose name in the circles of art and film is synonymous with pioneer, re-envisions three of her breakthrough films of the past and pushes them to new terrain of the present.

Greenfield, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship artist and award winning film-maker of over three decades, is known for having pushed erotic inflection on the theory of cine-dance and carving out post-formalism by revolutionizing human energy through the female nude. Her films go beyond examination and analysis, they travel deep to the cosmic core of the body where her visual literacy spills out in raw direction and motivates us to consider and watch ourselves through the reflection of her films' participants. The fabric of her films functions on her belief that the human body and it's physicality is the best metaphor for understanding the layers of the female.

Throughout Greenfield’s films she focuses on the innate dignity of the human body. The themes of identity and meaning emerge in our common movements. Walking, falling, embracing, rolling, running, lifting, sliding are what she and her performers do in her films. For Greenfield the body, moving with, and against, the close up camera, can be the concrete image of inner human nature, an instrument for its expression, and a vessel containing images and actions that crystalize the meaning and mysteries of experience: memory and movement, the past and the present moment.

Since the turn of the decade and with the advent of such technologic leaps forward in the medium, Greenfield revisited three of her films MUSEic Of The BODy (1994), Tides (1982), and Element (1973), in which we are presenting during her exhibition Untitled Nude. This exhibition as a whole draws from a vast vocabulary the artist has created over the years. These works in particular mark pivotal points in the creative process of an artist who’s work has been not only included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives and the American Museum of the Moving Image and others of esteemed value but has managed to seize hold and capture a moment in time where there were such extremes and oppositions. “As we worked, many opposing associations “attached” themselves to the action-image. Video meant to some of us freedom. No rules. So we made our own art “laws”. Like the children given free-for-all. Discovery of entering a new art medium. Discovery- entering unknown –in world –in art –in self.”

It's a curious thing to envision how a filmmaker may revisit the editing process after a decade of having already perceived it's completion. In this case, Amy maintains her pioneering technique of stringing the human body and camera together by taking advantage of the modern day high-definition video format to further engross the viewer in the rawness of her appeal. The three films, playing in the same sparse room, reveal continuity of the vast autonomy of their parts and the experimental aesthetics that articulate Amy's common blend of the extreme physicality of emotional tug-of-war. Her films are an exercise in the body being pulled here and there and ultimately, seducing us. 

With the support of CTS a full color, 38 page catalogue has been produced for this exhibition.

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