Blain|Southern presents Amy Feldman’s first solo exhibition in Germany. Breath Myth comprises a group of entirely new paintings by the New York-based artist.
Starting with a preparatory sketch in marker pen, Feldman makes each painting in a single performative take. Giving herself just one chance to get it right, the associated risk and anxiety play an important part in her aim to communicate urgency in her painting.
Feldman’s work offers the viewer a vivid conversation between the physical and formal language of abstract painting. This is evidenced in the interactions she creates between the figure and ground, questioning the hierarchy of the two. Drips of wayward paint are unplanned yet embraced by the artist as they break the boundary from the figure of the painting into the ground of a pristine, almost-white canvas, a surface always modulated with hints of colour, from violet to pale, silvery greys. These accidental breaches reflect the immediacy of her technique and suggest that complete control over the medium is forever unobtainable.