Amanda Marie

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Amanda Marie painting at Stroke Art Fair Munich, Germany May 2013.
Amanda Marie painting in Munich, 2013
Installation of Imaginary Girls mural in Amsterdam, June 2013

Amanda Marie (full name Amanda Marie Ploegsma), born 1981, American painter who has been based in Colorado since 2001 and exhibits in both the USA and Europe.[1] She trained at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and is best known for her work as a stencilist, including large scale street art designs.[2][3]

Imagery and media[edit]

Amanda Marie uses graphic stencils and images redolent of 'Golden Age' storybook imagery. In an article for Frame Publishers' online magazine frameweb.com, Carmel McNamara said these images: "straddle a line between comforting and spooky".[4] She frequently features the signature characters of a young boy and girl. In 2012, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art held a solo exhibition of her work and noted that these stylised figures: "seem to have been lifted from the pages of a mid-twentieth century children’s book and have traded the protective home of childhood nostalgia for a slightly more adventurous and unsettling world, somewhere between dream and reality".[5]

Alongside recurring graphic themes of children and animals, she favors twin, repeated or mirrored imagery, developed with multiple uses of the same stencil on the artwork.[6] Her street art and outdoor paintings and murals incorporate the same primary technique of stencil painting on a large scale.[4][7] In gallery, museum or other indoor exhibitions, she typically creates artworks using aerosol paint, acrylic and sewing pattern paper, on watercolor paper, canvas, or wood. She also uses screen printing technique and gel transfers. For outdoor work, the dominant materials are aerosol and acrylic.[4]

Notable exhibitions[edit]

2013[edit]

  • June, SCOPE Art Fair solo exhibition, Basel, Switzerland (Andenken Gallery)[8]
  • May, STROKE Art Fair group exhibition, Munich, Germany[9]
  • March, SCOPE Art Fair solo exhibition, New York, NY (Andenken Gallery).[10] White Walls Gallery, While We Were Away group exhibition, San Francisco, California[11]
  • January, Center For Audio Visual Expression (C.A.V.E. Gallery), From Here On Out solo exhibition, Venice Beach, California[12]

2012[edit]

  • December, SCOPE Art Fair solo exhibition, Miami, Florida (Andenken Gallery)[13]
  • October, Moniker Art Fair solo exhibition, London, UK[14]
  • September, STROKE Art Fair group exhibition, Berlin, Germany[citation needed]
  • August, LA Mixtape LeBasse Projects group exhibition, Los Angeles, California[15]
  • May–June, Kunst RAI Art Fair solo exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands[citation needed]
  • May, Schunk Museum Newseum Pink Pop group exhibition, Heerlen, Netherlands[16]
  • March, Battalion Inaugural Exhibition group exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands[17]

2011[edit]

  • October, Moniker Art Fair group exhibition, London, UK.[18]
  • September, Andenken Gallery, See You Through It solo exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands.[18] Illiterate Gallery It All Starts At Home solo exhibition, Denver, Colorado[19]
  • Fall 2011, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Purity & Credence solo exhibition, Boulder, Colorado[5]

2010[edit]

  • October, Illiterate Gallery solo exhibition, Denver, Colorado[20]
  • May, Streetlab Project Space, Where On Earth Have You Been? group exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands[21]

2009[edit]

  • December, StreetLab Project Space, Mish Mash KaBash group exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands[22]
  • February, Andenken Gallery solo exhibition, Denver, Colorado[citation needed]

2008[edit]

  • September, Plastic Chapel, Soft and Furry group exhibition, Denver, Colorado[23]
  • June, Andenken Gallery Merge three-person focus exhibition, Denver, Colorado[24]
  • May, Metropolis Gallery, two person exhibition, Lancaster, Pennsylvania[25]

2007[edit]

  • December, Transmission Gallery, An Unfinished Storygroup exhibition, Richmond, Virginia.[26] Thinkspace, API Benefit Show group exhibition, Los Angeles, California[27]
  • August–October, Andenken Gallery, Generation Gap solo exhibition, Denver, Colorado[28]

Outdoor projects[edit]

  • Imaginary Girls, Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 2013[2]
  • Skinny Dippers, Brooklyn, NY – March 2013[29]
  • Gravity Kids, San Francisco, California – January 2013[4]
  • Milk Girls, Greeley, Colorado – October 2012[30]
  • Concrete Monster, Atzlan Northside Skate Park Mural, Fort Collins, Colorado – summer 2011[31]
  • Urban Nature, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado – April–November 2008[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "amanda-marie". culture gallery. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b "CS Interview: Amanda Marie". Creative Social. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Schiller, Marc (19 March 2013). "Sweet Stencils Amanda Marie". Wooster Collective. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Mcnamara, Carmel (June 19, 2013). "Nostalgic Storybook Imagery Takes To The Streets". Frameweb. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "AMANDA MARIE PLOEGSMA: PURITY & CREDENCE". Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art. September 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "AMANDA MARIE PLOEGSMA: PURITY & CREDENCE |". Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. September 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  7. ^ SA (June 7, 2013). "Amanda Marie New Works In Europe". Arrested Motion. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ http://collapsiblestudio.com (2013-08-19). "Exhibitors | Basel 2013 | SCOPE". Scope-art.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  9. ^ Abrahams, Megan. "Max Neutra: Reporting from Stroke Art Fair, Munich". Cartwheel Art. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  10. ^ http://collapsiblestudio.com. "Exhibitors | New York 2013 | SCOPE". Scope-art.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  11. ^ "While We Were Away". 941 Geary. January 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "From Here On Out". Cave Gallery. January 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ http://collapsiblestudio.com. "Exhibitors | Miami 2012 | SCOPE". Scope-art.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Amanda Marie | Moniker Art Fair 2012". Monikerartfair.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  15. ^ Duran, Amy (August 20, 2013). "IN L.A.: LA MIXTAPE @ LEBASSE PROJECTS CHINA TOWNs". Juxtapoz. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "SCHUNCK @ PINKPOP 2012 Newseum". Pinkpoppers. April 16, 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  17. ^ mather, hyland (30 January 2012). "Battalion Press Release". Andenken. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Moniker Art Fair". Andenken Gallery. 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  19. ^ "Illiterate: Amanda Marie: It All Starts at Home". Denver Arts. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Illiterate Talks To Amanda Marie". The Denver Egoists. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Where On Earth Have You Been?". Andenken. April 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Van Vurren, Eva (April 2010). "Mish Mash Kabash". Andenken. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Soft and Furry". Soft and Furry. September 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  24. ^ LiV (10 June 2008). "LiV's First Friday Review: Merge @ Andenken". Street Art Locator. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Lesley Reppeteaux and Amanda Marie at Metropolis Gallery". Street Art Locator. May 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "AMANDA MARIE's "An Unfinished Story"; New Paintings". Sour Harvest. November 19, 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  27. ^ Hosner, Andrew (November 28, 2007). "Thinkspace announces lineup for upcoming API benefit show…". Transmissionrva. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  28. ^ Hammel, Ken (27 August 2007). "Amanda Marie at Andenken Gallery". Joy Engine. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Amanda Marie's latest mural in NYC (Wooster Collective)". White Walls. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  30. ^ England, Dan (14 October 2012). "For Greeley artist, painting new downtown mural was the easy part". Greeley Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "Northside Aztlan Skate Park Mural". Fort Collins Gov. 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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