Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

S1.2 The Magician's Assistant, 2015

Ceramic and rope

31.5 x 17 x 21.5 inches

80 x 43.2 x 54.6 cm

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Number 1: Silvana, 2015

Archival pigment print

62 x 49 inches

157.5 x 124.5 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Yet to be titled (xl long pipe) 1.2, 2016
Ceramic
50 x 17 x 14 inches
127 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm

T1.1, 2015
Painted ceramic
26.25 x 23 x 19 inches
66.7 x 58.4 x 48.3 cm

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Wanted Unwanted, 2015

Ink, acrylic and archival pigment print, paper on aluminum

16 x 12 inches

40.6 x 30.5 cm

Bronze 1, 2015

Bronze

28.5 x 21 x 21 inches

72.4 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm

Edition of 3, 1AP

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Number 19: Lillian, 2015

Archival pigment print

62 x 49 inches

157.5 x 124.5 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Number 2: Mary, 2015

Archival pigment print

62 x 49 inches

157.5 x 124.5 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

T2, 2015
Ceramic
30 x 22 x 18 inches
76.2 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm

S1.3, 2015

Painted ceramic

32 x 19 x 18 inches

81.3 x 48.3 x 45.7 cm

S1.6 Scorched Earth, 2015
Ceramic
32 x 20 x 19 inches
81.3 x 50.8 x 48.3 cm

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Wood Pipe 1.2, 2015
Ceramic
42 x 26 x 22 inches
106.7 x 66 x 55.9 cm

Number 13: Maria, 2015

Archival pigment print

41.5 x 33.5 inches

105.4 x 85.1 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Number 14: Irmgard, 2015

Archival pigment print

41.5 x 33.5 inches

105.4 x 85.1 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Number 15: Betty, 2015

Archival pigment print

41.5 x 33.5 inches

105.4 x 85.1 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

MLB1.3, 2015
Ceramic
28.5 x 19.5 x 18.5 inches
72.4 x 49.5 x 47 cm

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Christmas Day Divorcée Flower 12.25.15, 2015

Oil on canvas

48 x 36 inches

121.9 x 91.4 cm

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Amy Bessone "In the Century of Women" limited edition publication

Amy Bessone "The League of Divorced Women"

In this limited edition publication, Bessone explores divorce for women in the 20th century. The book includes found photographs accompanied by each woman's story.

This publication is available for purchase at the gallery.

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Yet to be titled (xl long pipe) 1.1, 2015
Ceramic
50 x 17 x 14 inches
127 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm

Yet to be titled (fluted pipe) 1.4, 2015
Ceramic
38 x 16 x 11 inches
96.5 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm

Yet to be titled (sansevieria) 1.4, 2015
Ceramic
24 x 22 x 15 inches
61 x 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Number 17:  Swam, 2015

Archival pigment print

41.5 x 33.5 inches

105.4 x 85.1 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Number 10: Dorothy, 2015

Archival pigment print

41.5 x 33.5 inches

105.4 x 85.1 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Installation of Amy Bessone In The Century of Women

Flower for Noah Davis, 2015

Oil on canvas

48 x 40 inches

121.9 x 101.6 cm

MLB1.2 She Sells Seashells, 2015
Ceramic
28.5 x 19.5 x 18.5 inches
72.4 x 49.5 x 47 cm

Untitled Flower, 2015

Oil on canvas

48 x 40 inches

121.9 x 101.6 cm

Platinum with Pipe, 2015

Ink, acrylic and archival pigment print on paper

14.5 x 12 inches

36.8 x 30.5 cm

Amy Bessone "In The Century of Women"

Los Angeles

West Gallery

January 9 – March 5, 2016

Gavlak Los Angeles is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Amy Bessone.  In Bessone’s oeuvre seriality is a recurrent device.  This exhibition focuses on two new series: figurative sculptures and a print edition based on discarded images of divorcées from newspaper archives, dating from the 1930’s-1970’s. 

Although primarily known as a painter, over the past twenty years Bessone has been something of a shape-shifter, addressing her core concerns with a free-range approach to style, form, artistic lineage and media.  Classicism, Modernism and Surrealism remain touchstones in Bessone’s work.  Her reassessment of the art historical could be described as lovingly subversive.  Meditations on the female body as objects of desire, sites of projection, and embodiments of power, love, joy, sensuality and spirituality manifest a resistance to the academic as well as to social constraints.

Bessone’s sculptures, executed both in bronze and ceramic, assume the shape of a truncated female torso.  Taking the blank vessel as a starting point, the artist glazes, paints, marks, incises, makes additions, edits, deconstructs, reassembles, binds, casts and presents this legion of women. In the exhibition, the torsos are counterpointed by a series of painterly, ceramic pipes, possibly a sublimated male presence in a psychosexual landscape.

The prints, by contrast, have an almost clinical feel to them. Their light-handed presentation reflects their origins in the ephemera of newspaper archives. A limited edition artist book entitled The League of Divorced Women, has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition.  The stories within both illuminate the print edition and obfuscate meaning, and include a wide range of narratives from the comic to the tragic as well as pointed silences.  Bessone’s work holds space for complexity; not least of all for the complexity of relationships between women and men, particularly those (un)bound in matrimony.  Finally, Bessone subverts the divorcée prints by introducing painting and mark making onto those images, thus coming full-circle back to her medium of origin.

Amy Bessone was born in New York in 1970 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She completed her studies at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1995 and since that time has been included in exhibitions at numerous institutions including: Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger; F.R.A.C. Bretagne, Rennes, France; The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Rennie Collection, Vancouver.  Her work is currently on view in No Man’s Land at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami.

For all press inquiries, please contact Abby Margulies at abby@gavlakgallery.com or 614-827-5810. For more information concerning the exhibition, please contact Tabor Story at tabor@gavlakgallery.com, or (323) 467-5700.