Good Story: An Exhibition by Amanda Marie

By - Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Amanda Marie returns to New York for Good Story, an exhibition of 9 large-scale canvases and 25 works on paper within the walls of the historic Quin Hotel. Curated by DK Johnston of Quin Arts and Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, Good Story is the latest in an ongoing series connecting the guest and locals with an immersive cultural experience. With a historical setting that has promoted the arts for many years, The Quin is a well-suited location for Amanda’s work, which “trades the protective home of childhood nostalgia for a slightly more adventurous and unsettling world somewhere between dream and reality”.
 
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Amanda’s visual language mixes childhood nostalgia with twin imagery accentuated with keenly placed sewing patterns embedded within the works, often in the form of her trademark blasts of confetti-esque sparkles. With stylized imagery drawing inspiration from the mid-century children’s books with the golden spine, Amanda Marie easily connects her subject matter with its viewer. The familiar themes draw you near for closer inspection as childhood memories come to mind. The happy thoughts soon turn to discomfort as the realization that the tales in Good Story may not have a happy ending.
 
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If you don’t make it to Midtown to the Quin, you can still catch Amanda’s work off Avenue C where a cold, muted color scheme casts a shadow over the otherwise happy child, falling repetitively down the side of the building. Similar to her Basel Miami Beach Caleidoscoop project, her mural in Welling Court again reinforces the falling child motif with another large scale stencil of her favorite muse. Playful yet disturbing, Amanda Marie has a distinctive visual language that captures the imagination of your youth and takes it to a slightly darker place than you recall. 
 
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The Good Story
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 18th 
6pm – 9pm 
The Quin, Hotel Lobby 
101 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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