Monday, November 19, 2018 through
Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery

Amy Brener: Flexi-Shields

A solo exhibition featuring the work of sculptor Amy Brener.

An Artist Talk will take place November 27, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in UC 215/216. A reception will follow in the UC Gallery from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Amy Brener: Flexi-Shields

“My sculptures are layered, complex and confounding things, injected with the residue of daily life and labor. Multitudinous items are suspended, as though preserved for future discovery and potential use. Tiny details invite close-range examination, while overall forms demand distance. Many of the objects I choose to embed in my resin and silicone works are disposable dollar or hardware store items that serve single-use functions. These are highly recognizable things that I seek to defamiliarize, so that they can be appreciated anew. I’m driven by an urge to encapsulate the present and see it from a removed standpoint, as though examining a museum artifact. I want to treasure the minutiae of our time in the same way we do that of the ancient world.

My recent works are categorized into several series. There are Omni-Kits, Dressing Kits, Dressing Screens, Flexi-Shields and Invisiblers. The forms these sculptures take are reminiscent of furniture, architectural details, armor or dresses. Their surfaces are composed of familiar textures cast from pediments, plastic packaging, aluminum baking trays, car mats and take-out containers. Among these ubiquitous shapes, I often include a cast of my deceased father’s face, as an attempt to further level hierarchies between meaningful and throwaway objects. All cast items are fused together in resin or silicone to form a skin or shell—a top layer to protect the goods inside.

Within the act of preservation is a forward reaching gesture, toward the future. A loop is formed, by imagining future humans reaching backward and imagining us. I am picturing a future in which materiality persists, but takes forms that aren’t comprehensible to us now. Similarly, our everyday materials could be mysterious to future humans, who may no longer require hand-tools. Through their specific placements, the objects in my sculptures operate as language or code, as if translating between disparate worlds. Understanding is both lost and gained.”

– Amy Brener


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For more information, please contact:

Jon Duff
Exhibition and Art Collection Curator
Archives and Special Collections
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