Dark Light : Artist Brett Amory at New York’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Visit Jonathan LeVine Gallery for Dark Light, a Solo Exhibition by our friend, Brett Amory from June 30-July 30, 2011. Opening Reception is on Thursday, June 30, from 6—8pm.

Read Brett’s Dig In Magazine interview for more on his artwork! [Photography by Shaun Roberts]

Brett Amory

Brett Amory

Here’s more information on Jonathan LeVine Gallery and Dark Light:

NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2011) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Dark

Light, new works by California-based artist Brett Amory, in what will be his debut solo

exhibition in New York.

Dark Light features a new series of oil paintings on panel, expanding upon Amory’s ongoing

series of works entitled Waiting, which portray studies of urban life through fragmented

cityscapes and anonymous, isolated figures. Amory began the Waiting series in 2001 with

paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and

surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants

of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (where the artist lived for thirteen years).

Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary

city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to. He feels

especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to

fit in socially. Amory’s imagery has evolved over time as the artist has reduced compositional

elements of the urban environment with increasingly more negative space, placing a stronger

focus on the human subjects—who have shifted from daily travelers in the mundane sense to

what has become an implied spiritual passage toward transcendence. In recent works,

including those in this exhibition, the negative space has become black rather than white,

adding to the emotional impact of the light source as having symbolic significance within the

context of the obscured landscape imagery.

As the title suggests, the Waiting series is about how we rarely experience living in the now,

always awaiting what will come next or obsessed with what has already transpired. In our age

of distraction, being in the present is difficult to achieve outside of meditation practice, it

requires heightened cognitive awareness and clear mental space, often prevented by constant

internal dialogue, preoccupation with memories of the past and/or concern for the future.

Amory’s work attempts to visually represent this concept of disconnection and anticipation,

conveying the idea of transient temporality that exists in most moments of our daily lives.

Brett Amory Studio

Brett Amory Studio

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #79

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #79

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #81

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #81


Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has lived in the Bay Area of

California for the past 15 years, living in San Francisco for 13 years before relocating to

Oakland in 2009, where he is currently based. Amory attended The Academy of Arts in San

Francisco, where he received a BFA in 2005 as well as two major academic awards: The

Student Choice award in 2004 and Second Prize in landscape painting in 2003. In 2006,

Amory was included in the book Convergence along with six fellow Bay Area artists.

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #84

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #84

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #83

Brett Amory Artwork : Waiting #83


Jonathan LeVine Gallery exhibits a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic book

art, graffiti, street art and pop culture imagery. We represent a mix of emerging and midcareer

artists with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and creating an environment where

artists can further develop their work. Since 2005, the first year established in New York,

Jonathan LeVine Gallery has remained focused on maintaining its mission of community, and

commitment to providing our artists with a nurturing arena for experimentation and

discussion. The Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery

hours are Tuesday—Saturday, 11am—6pm. For more information, please call: 212.243.3822, visit: www.jonathanlevinegallery.com, or email: info@jonathanlevinegallery.com.

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