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Objects of Desire, exhibition view

installation art
2018, wall painting, framed works on paper, custom shelves and flooring, mixed media garlands, found objects, mesmerism pendant lights. 12’ x 10’ wall

Abundance

installation art, windows, garlands, beauty
hanging garlands, adorned like curtains, allude to the beauty of nature we see out our windows. Abundance evokes the feeling of both indoor and outdoor spaces, while encouraging viewers to question these sights through the lens of class, and how social and economic status can contribute to varying degrees of views and perceptions, 2019

Fruits of our Labor II

Fruits of our Labor II
Fruits of our Labor II, 2017 Acrylic, foam, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects 31” x 28” x 22”

Shop til you Drop

works on paper
2018, Mixed media and collage on paper with found objects, 52” x 34” x 3”

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Amy Boone- McCreesh is a Baltimore-based artist with an interest in the connections between aesthetic leanings and economic and cultural status. She completed a two-year fellowship for emerging artists with Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. (2014), where she exhibited and was included in Scope, Miami and (e)merge DC art fairs (2012/13). Her work has also been included in exhibitions across the country including Mixed Greens (NY, New York, 2015), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY, 2015),... more

Views

The views we see out of our windows, the ways our homes are decorated, and our level of access to beautiful spaces are all indications of class, taste, and privilege. The pieces in this collection utilize the domestic associations of views and windows trimmings as a means to highlight a culturally loaded subject and a visual measure of “success.” The works on paper are a straight forward explorations of views, while the installation and sculptural pieces embody what it's like to be in a beautiful and maximal space. All works have the goal of questioning our level of access to beauty in our lives and the determining factors surrounding and mirroring our socio-economic status.

  • Garden View with Upholstered Window Seat

    garden view
    "Garden View with Upholstered Window Seat" 2019 Mixed media and cut paper, beads, found objects 35” x 27”
  • "Garden View" detail

    "Garden View with Upholstered Window Seat" 2019 Mixed media and cut paper, beads, found objects 35” x 27”
  • The View

    "The View" 2017, Mixed media garlands, wood, vinyl, latex paint with custom-patterned ottomans 332” x 135” x 107”
  • The View

    "The View" detail 2017 Mixed media garlands, wood, vinyl, latex paint with custom-patterned ottomans 332” x 135” x 107”
  • Abundance (detail)

    Abundance, 2019 Acrylic, wood, steel, paper, latex paint, mixed media 26’ x 8’ x 6” Hanging garlands, adorned like curtains, allude to the beauty of nature we see out our windows. Abundance evokes the feeling of both indoor and outdoor spaces, while encouraging viewers to question these sights through the lens of class, and how social and economic status can contribute to varying degrees of views and perceptions
  • Abundance

    Abundance Acrylic, wood, steel, paper, latex paint, mixed media 26’ x 8’ x 6” Hanging garlands, adorned like curtains, allude to the beauty of nature we see out our windows. Abundance evokes the feeling of both indoor and outdoor spaces, while encouraging viewers to question these sights through the lens of class, and how social and economic status can contribute to varying degrees of views and perceptions
  • Sunrise and Sunset in the City

    Sunrise and Sunset in the City 2019 Mixed media and cut paper 34.5” x 28.5”
  • Sunrise and Sunset in the City (detail)

    Sunrise and Sunset in the City 2019 Mixed media and cut paper 34.5” x 28.5”
  • Palma

    Palma, 2019, Mixed media on cut paper, 36" x 30"
  • The View II

    The View II 2018 Mixed media garlands, metallic vinyl 5’ d x 10.5 h x 3.5 w This is the second version of the installation "The View" this time in a smaller space with reflective vinyl to suggest a space that is larger than it really is and to provide a small get away within the exhibition, much like the rest that nature can provide

Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire is a site-specific installation featuring new works. The work in this exhibition considers the commodification of beauty; often operating as a signifier of culture and taste while widening social and economic gaps. Visual markers of taste in architecture, design, and history are utilized to poke at conceptions of luxury in Western culture. The collection of sculptural mixed media works on paper draw from domesticity and maximalist color palettes, operating somewhere between textiles, drawing, and collage. Boone-McCreesh also partnered with designer and stylist Jess Hammer to collaboratively create a series of pendant lights and to transform the gallery space.

The exhibition features an adaptation of a prior installation, The View. This piece creates a space meant to be reminiscent of looking into or out of an idyllic view. Views, in our neighborhoods and our surroundings are the thing we pay a premium for, yet the scene being viewed is ultimately free. Our surroundings, domestic and geographic are also an indication of access and economic structure. Naturally-inspired garlands and man-made surfaces clash in this piece to create a space that is both immersive and contained. All of the work in the show is multi-media, employing accessible materials as well as technology to further the conversation around consumption and craft.

Luxury Items - works on paper 2018-2019

This collection of works depicts hidden luxury items such as chandeliers, animal skin rugs, bags, candle sticks, and other tropes of existing in an elevated social sphere. The objects that we buy, our assumptions of “good” and “bad” taste, the view out of our windows; these are all markers of social and economic status. I push against cross-cultural ideas and their associations with luxury and beauty. The work evokes ornamentation and formatting of textiles, functional objects, and domestic design. Sometimes garish color and material choices are used as a way to question visual taste. A maximal and decorative aesthetic is partnered with detailed processes often associated with craft and domesticity.

These mixed media and collage works on paper and sculptural forms made in the last two years. With this work I aim to explore a decorative and maximal aesthetic while employing collage and efficient ways of connecting and folding paper to create organic shaped drawings. The pieces in this category are worked on both sides and then cut and folded to reveal the visual vocabulary on the back. Decisions on compositions are made as more pieces are cut and folded, creating an intuitive process that is rooted in pattern, mark-making, and heavy labor in repetitive paper cutting.

  • Shop til you Drop

    works on paper
    2018, Mixed media and collage on paper with found objects, 52” x 34” x 3”
  • Shop Til you Drop (detail)

    Shop Til You Drop 2018 Mixed media and collage on paper with found objects 52” x 34” x 3”
  • Status Symbols

    works on paper
    2018, Mixed media and collage on paper, 66” x 44” x 3”
  • Animal Skin Rug

    works on paper
    2018, Mixed media and collage on paper, 66” x 39” x 1”
  • Souvenir Change Purse (wish you were here)

    works on paper
    2018, Mixed media and collage on paper, "55” x 29” x 1.5”
  • Decro Foliage I

    Decro foliage I
    Decro foliage I, 2017 Mixed media on cut paper, 44” x 30” x 2” installed with wall vinyl and latex paint of opposing colors
  • Decro Foliage detail

    Decro foliage I, detail, 2017 Mixed media on cut paper
  • The Have Nots

    The Have Nots, 2017
    The Have Nots, 2017 Mixed media on collaged and cut paper, 42" x 32" x 2" Based loosely off of a hand bag form
  • Everything We Own, exhibition view

    "Everything We Own" 2019 Mixed media on cut paper 87” x 103” x 4” Large scale work on paper referencing everything you may see in and outside of a domestic space. In the exhibition setting it was placed in a site-specific painting with wall columns, suggesting importance and elevated status
  • Everything we Own, detail

    Everything We Own, detail 2019, Mixed media on cut paper 87” x 103” x 4” Large scale work on paper referencing everything you may see in and outside of a domestic space. In the exhibition setting it was placed in a site-specific painting with wall columns, suggesting importance and elevated status

Luxury Items - sculptural works

This collection of works includes sculptural pieces that borrow from domestic, decorative, and functional objects. All of the forms and subjects aim to raise questions about what we buy, our assumptions of “good” and “bad” taste and how these are all markers of social and economic status. Many pieces incorporate the wall or utilize high relief elements as a way to connect back to the two-dimensional works and to create a larger visual vocabulary. Intense color choices and maximal decision making fuels the confrontational quality and questions of beauty and taste as it operates culturall and historically.

  • Vanity Wall Hanging

    Vanity Wall Hanging 2019 Digital print and mixed media on silk and vinyl, steel brackets, acrylic and mixed media charms 64” x 39” x 7” Inspired by the highly branded items and clothing associated with high fashion, this piece repeats my name in the place of a brand. This work considers the artist as commodity and what we accept as being of high cultural and financial value
  • Vanity wall Hanging (detail)

    Vanity Wall Hanging 2019 Digital print and mixed media on silk and vinyl, steel brackets, acrylic and mixed media charms 64” x 39” x 7” Inspired by the highly branded items and clothing associated with high fashion, this piece repeats my name in the place of a brand as well as past artworks as imagery. This work considers the artist as commodity and what we accept as being of high cultural and financial value.
  • New Surface

    New Surface 2017 wood, plaster, custom digital prints on silk and vinyl, mixed-media garlands 41" x 48" x 3" This piece is intended to operate as a dressed window, the fabric is custom as well as the patterned vinyl behind. The idea of custom patterns and something made specifically for a purpose also speaks to social status and financial means.
  • The Window

    The Window 2017 Wood, custom fabric, mixed media garlands, cut paper 44” x 32” x 3” This piece is one of the earliest 'window' pieces - exploring what it means to have a view and what may be contained in that view. This piece also has a formal connection to painting and interaction of 2D and 3D spaces.
  • Fruits of Our Labor II

    Fruits of our Labor II 2017, Acrylic, foam, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects, 31” x 28” x 22” This piece references a table top spilling over with an abundance of goods. The title questions how we spend our money and what we consider to be worthy. Dutch still life paintings, that depicted opulence through access to fresh fruits, flowers, and meat were also an inspiration.
  • Fruits of our Labor II (detail)

    Fruits of our Labor II - detail 2017, Acrylic, foam, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects This piece references a table top spilling over with an abundance of goods. The title questions how we spend our money and what we consider to be worthy. Dutch still life paintings, that depicted opulence through access to fresh fruits, flowers, and meat were also an inspiration.
  • Fruits of Our Labor I

    Fruits of our Labor I 2017, Acrylic, wood, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects 47” x 24” x 21” This piece references a table top spilling over with an abundance of goods. The title questions how we spend our money and what we consider to be worthy. Dutch still life paintings, that depicted opulence through access to fresh fruits, flowers, and meat were also an inspiration.
  • Fruits of Our Labor I (detail)

    2017, Acrylic, wood, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects 47” x 24” x 21”
  • Ceremonial Frame

    2016, Mixed media on cut paper ,collage ,found objects, hand-dyed felt, custom vinyl, 59" x 26" x 4"
  • Ceremonial Frame (detail)

    2016, Mixed media on cut paper ,collage ,found objects, hand-dyed felt, custom vinyl, 59" x 26" x 4"

Taste and Privilege exhibition views

Taste and Privilege was a site-specific exhibition installed at the Cora Miller at York College in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017. The exhibition contains works on paper, sculpture, custom-seating, and installation. Through this visual vocabulary the show aims to question the roles of privilege in visual taste and the culture of "good" and "bad" taste. The exhibition is sectioned into "rooms" by color and media, culminating in an installation on the back wall titled "The View". Viewers are invited to sit on custom ottomans to look "out" into the space beyond the interior of the gallery. This piece is intended to bring light to what we consider to be of value in our daily lives, one for most is a view of the outdoors, a space which is free. When buying property or reserving a hotel room, the view often comes at a premium.
The exhibition as a whole dances around the idea of aesthetic taste and the way it forms culturally. Maximal installations and works on paper, as well as sculptural forms and intense color combinations are the primary vehicles for the show.

  • Taste and Privilege exhibition view

    Taste and Privilege
    Mixed media installation "Taste and Privilege" at York College in Pennsylvania.
  • Taste and Privilege (exhibition view)

    Exhibition view showing sculptural table top piece, works on paper, and painted walls to reference columns and 'important' spaces
  • Depictions of Power

    Depictions of Power
    Depictions of Power, 2017 Center wall: Custom fabric, vinyl, mixed media garlands Pillars: Acrylic, foam, custom fabric, mixed media garlands, floor vinyl 7’ h x 13’ w x 10.5’ d Pillars range from 3.3’ to 4.5’ Part of the exhibition "Taste and Privilege" at York College in Pennsylvania
  • Depictions of Power

    Depictions of Power detail
    Depictions of Power, 2017 Center wall: Custom fabric, vinyl, mixed media garlands Pillars: Acrylic, foam, custom fabric, mixed media garlands, floor vinyl 7’ h x 13’ w x 10.5’ d Pillars range from 3.3’ to 4.5’ Detail view
  • Fruits of our Labor I

    Fruits of our Labor I
    Fruits of our Labor I, 2017 Acrylic, wood, fabric, mixed media, cut paper, found objects, 47” x 24” x 21” A sculptural piece that exists somewhere between tabletop, pillar, and sculpture. Using maximal decorative elements to reference fruit, or excess, and how we choose to spend our money in the Western World.
  • The View

    The View
    "The View" site specific installation at York College in Pennsylvania. 2017 Wood, latex paint, mixed media garlands, wall vinyl 332” x 135” x 107”
  • Taste and Privilege exhibition view

    Taste and Privilege exhibition view
    Taste and Privilege exhibition view, 2017 Corner view of a larger exhibition. Featuring mixed media works on paper, sculpture and custom ottomans for seating
  • The view, exhibition view

    The View
    The view, exhibition view, 2017 Mixed media garlands, wood, vinyl, latex paint, 332” x 135” x 107” Shown with custom ottomans for seating
  • The View

    The View
    The View, 2017 Mixed media garlands, wood, vinyl, latex paint 332” x 135” x 107”
  • Taste and Privilege exhibition view

    exhibition view
    Taste and Privilege exhibition view, at York College in PA, 2017

Works on Paper - 2015 - 2017

Three-dimensional works on cut paper with mixed media, found objects. Created between 2015 and 2017. This body of works aims to continue my exploration of fusing two and three dimensional works while referencing decoration and the development of abstract spaces. The nature of decorative objects and spaces tend to be highly ornate with details on top of details, these are elements I have incorporated into my visual language.

Installation Views 2015-2017

These exhibitions feature site-specific constructions that combine two and three dimensional mixed media with vibrant collections of paper, textiles, found objects, and digital processes. The work is celebratory and exuberant, expressing the human impulse to push spatial and imagistic boundaries. The vinyl patterns in both installations were created specifically for these spaces and were made from imagery borrowed from previous works on paper using digital collage manipulation processes.

  • Too Loud to See

    Too loud to see
    Too Loud to See, 2017 Custom pattern paper, mixed media garland, led lights, sound Installed at the Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD. Accompanied by layered sounds of extinct birds for the exhibition "Birdland and the Anthropocene"
  • Too Loud to See

    Too loud to see
    Too Loud to See, 2017 Installed at the Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD. Accompanied by layered sounds of extinct birds for the exhibition "Birdland and the Anthropocene"
  • Too Loud for Me to See

    Installation view, 2016 Mixed media, cut paper, found objects, custom patterned paper and vinyl
  • Too Loud for Me to See

    Detail View, 2016 Mixed media, paper mache, found objects, cut paper, custom vinyl and paper
  • Pattern 2

    Second version of pattern used in custom vinyl and paper wrappings for installation "Too Loud for me to See". Created using photographs from first installation of this piece as well as the original module for Pattern 1. 2016
  • Tint and Repeat exhibition view

    Digital pattern printed on wall vinyl, sculpture, interior house paint and mixed media
  • Tint and repeat pattern

    Pattern created with digital collage by scanning old drawings and reworking in photoshop. This pattern was repeated and printed on custom vinyl wallpaper
  • Tint and Repeat detail

    Custom pattern vinyl wallpaper and "Totems" sculpture
  • Tint and Repeat detail

    Custom pattern vinyl wallpaper and fabric wall sculptures
  • Tint and Repeat exhibition view

    Mixed media sculpture, vinyl, interior house paint, and silk wall hanging

Anything Sacred, Hamiltonian Gallery

Site-specific installation at Hamiltonian gallery in Washington DC during May/June of 2014:
Anything Sacred was an exploration of my celebratory aesthetic combined with formal design elements. The exhibition is an immersive installation with a preponderance of 2D and 3D visual media. The work covered the walls and floors, and was filled with patterns culled and re-mixed from past bodies of work: previously created drawings, paintings and collages were scanned, cut, re-pasted and combined. The result was a temple to visual excess: a colorful, maximal experience that immerses visitors fully in the visual lexicon through painting, sculpture and drawing. A look at self referential imagery and the malleability of meaning once an image is once or twice removed from it's origin.

All that Glitters

"All that Glitters" was a site- specific mixed media installation, pictured here both at Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington DC and Harford Community College in Columbia, MD.

"All that Glitters" explores the nature of social and visual hierarchy as determined by the importance of gold. Recycled materials, found objects, tape, and paper mache object were combined with formal design elements to create a space that felt visually overwhelming, yet organized.

  • All that Glitters

    Installation at Howard Community College Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, wood, tape, hand-made confetti 2013
  • All that Glitters detail

    Installation at Howard Community College Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, wood, tape, hand-made confetti 2013
  • All that Glitters detail

    Installation at Howard Community College Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, wood, tape, hand-made confetti 2013
  • All that Glitters detail

    Installation at Howard Community College Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, wood, tape, hand-made confetti 2013
  • All that Glitters

    Installation at Howard Community College Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, wood, tape, hand-made confetti 2013
  • All That Glitters installation

    Mixed media installation at Howard Community College
  • All that Glitters detail

    Katzen Art Center
  • All that Glitters

    Installation at Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington DC. Fabric, paper, plastic, paper mache, acrylic paint, glitter, found objects, vinyl, interior house paint 2013 Dimensions Vary

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