Gallery Hopping: Filling the Blanks with Brett Amory at Lazarides

The disconcerting paintings present a thrilling challenge to the viewer.

Brett Amory, id. Photo: © the artist and courtesy Lazarides Gallery.

An assortment of disjointed fragments coincide and overlap in the paintings of American contemporary and 2016 BP Portrait Award exhibiting artist Brett Amory’s latest solo exhibition, “Internal Dialogue,” leaving it up to the flummoxed viewer to make sense of them.

“Internal Dialogue” is exhibiting at the Lazarides Gallery, a former gin palace in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, which is a haven for artists like Amory and Banksy, who work outside conventional practice and collectively defy categorization.

Brett Amory, Wonderland. Photo: © the artist and courtesy Lazarides Gallery.

Brett Amory, Wonderland. Courtesy Lazarides Gallery, ©Brett Amory

In keeping with the themes of his critically acclaimed Waiting series, the works in “Internal Dialogue” are concerned with mundane and every day occurrences in modern life. This latest addition to Amory’s oeuvre explores themes connected to our contemporary environment, and how we interpret the overwhelming accumulation of information we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

Brett Amory, Chatterbox. Photo: © the artist and courtesy Lazarides Gallery.

Brett Amory, Chatterbox. Courtesy Lazarides Gallery, ©Brett Amory

Also a particular focus is the present-day social practice of regarding the world through screens. Many today experience the world as mediated through technological devices such as phones, TVs, or computers, which both widen our understanding by offering information we might not have otherwise encountered as well as physically restricting their users’ fields of vision.

All together, the converging and conflicting fragments we are exposed to forge a number of warped perspectives that don’t fit together to form a coherent whole. Fortunately for us, our brains automatically call on our unconscious minds to fill in the gaps and make sense of this information, which is what seems at work in Amory’s latest paintings.

Brett Amory, Madonna. Courtesy Lazarides Gallery, ©Brett Amory

Brett Amory, Madonna. Courtesy Lazarides Gallery, ©Brett Amory

The paintings in “Internal Dialogue” call to attention the automatic behaviors of our brain that work to make sense of the contemporary universe. The disconcerting works challenge the viewer to forge their own interpretation of the work, drawing on their own memories, dreams, and thoughts to fill in what is missing from the picture.

Brett Amory, Your Pain Doesn't Matter. Photo: © the artist and courtesy Lazarides Gallery.

Brett Amory, Your Pain Doesn’t Matter. Photo: © the artist and courtesy Lazarides Gallery.

Amory’s work for the prestigious BP Portrait Award was unveiled on 23 Jun) at The National Portrait Gallery. Amory’s entry is one of 53 chosen from a pool of 2557 competitors.

“Brett Amory, Internal Dialogue” is on view at Lazarides Rathbone from 24 June – 21 July 2016.

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