Paul Kotula Projects is pleased to present “Landscrapes,” an exhibition of recent paintings by Amy Vogel (Chicago, IL).
Landscapes have historically resided in the realm of romanticism — the beauty, the grandeur, the solace that nature provides us. Over the past ten years Vogel’s drawings, paintings and sculptures have both embraced and pushed against this role of the representation of the natural world. In this exhibition of new work, Vogel’s landscapes have become “landscrapes”: there are no grand oaks, no sublime views from mountaintops; instead, Vogel’s new paintings take as their starting point the spindly trees from a third growth forest, the gnarly shrub, and the dirt beneath our feet.
These recent paintings continue with Vogel’s past use of entropy as a kind of mark-making: these surfaces are painted and erased, repeatedly, simultaneously stripping down and covering up. Scraping as a verb can be both constructive and destructive – from to ‘make smooth or clean’ or to ‘damage or injure the surface’. Vogel’s paintings use both.
If sublime landscapes attempt to bring viewers closer to the divine, Vogel’s paintings are vey much of this earth and sit somewhere between the pleasure of, and our anxiety about, the natural world.
Amy Vogel has had solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston (NY), Paul Kotula (Detroit), Edward Mitterrand (Geneva), and Air de Paris (Paris). In 2014 she had a survey of 15 years’ work, entitled Amy Vogel: A Paraperspective, at the Cleve Carney Gallery at the College of DuPage. She has participated in group shows at Western Exhibitions (Chicago), White Columns (NY), The Suburban (Oak Park), FRAC Haute-Normandie (Sotteville-lès-Roue), Francesca Pia (Zürich), and other venues. Vogel’s work has been reviewed in national and international periodicals, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Artforum. She is Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.