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David Ambrose
David Ambrose, Structural Congestion, 2017, Gouache, Watercolor, Handmade Paper

2017

$1,850

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David Ambrose’s fascination with paper began as a child as when convalescing from major surgery on his right leg at the age of seven. Paper became the playground for his imagination and to this day, it has remained a safe haven; the primary surface for his creative endeavors. His family immigrated from Sicily and Italy in the early 20th century. Their path to America was guided like a thread through the eye of a needle. Both sets of grandparents included tailors and dressmakers that established their lives in America and made their living through these skills. This idea of applying pattern to build a structure, sewing, and the needle all play major roles in this recent series of works on pierced paper. To create each work, the paper skin is first damaged by the act of piercing or puncturing it hundreds or thousands of times by hand with a pin tool - a long, metal needle commonly used by ceramicists. The paper is then repaired by the act of drawing or painting on its surface much in the same way the artist’s body was damaged as a child and repaired by the surgery and stitches applied to heal it. The equally divergent processes of control (repetitive pattern) and chance (intuitive application of color) play a major role in the work, with the whole having the feeling of a topographical map with each layer of the process captured in the its final stratification. Ambrose has recently participated in exhibitions at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, Kentler International Drawing space, Red Hook, NY, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Mckenzie Fine Art, New York, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Select collections include The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus , GA.

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