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Dream Sellers

"Dream Sellers" Exhibition view
"Dream Sellers" Exhibition view, Victori + Mo, NYC

Bag (take only what you need)

Bag (take only what you need) 2020 Mixed media, collage, fabric, beads on paper 35” x 22.5” x 1.5”

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

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About Amy

Baltimore City

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Amy Boone- McCreesh was born on Loring Air Force Base in Maine to a British mother and American father. Currently she is based in Baltimore, MD with interests in the connections between aesthetic leanings within economic and cultural status. She has a heightened visual awareness of the ways people and spaces flaunt class, taste, and access. Amy received her MFA from Towson University in Maryland, and shortly thereafter was awarded a two-year Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship in Washington, DC. Her work has... more

Views

View series:

Architecture appears to us globally in classist ways, through city planning, grand visual details and the views out of windows, manmade spaces define the humans they serve. Decorative clues, small and large, signify power and access. Small details such as Fresh flowers confirm access while a large home, beautiful views, and an expensive car flaunt power. Cultural aesthetics, passed down through families, such as color choices and fabrics in a home are often judged by others perceptions of good and bad taste. All of these aspects tell a story about socio economic positioning. These 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. Living in Baltimore city for over ten years, and being home-centered during the pandemic have helped shaped Boone-McCreesh’s newest View series.

  • Garden View with Upholstered Window Seat

    Garden View with Upholstered Window Seat 2019 Mixed media and cut paper, beads, found objects 35” x 27” x .5"
  • Home with bars

    Home (with bars) 2020 Mixed media and collage on paper 47” x 38” x .5”
  • As the World Burns

    As the World Burns 2020 Mixed media and collage on paper 44” x 33.5” x .5”
  • Sunrise and Sunset in the City

    Sunrise and Sunset in the City 2020 Mixed media and collage on paper 34.5” x 28.5” x .5"
  • 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

    Abundance (permanent installation at Facebook, Washington DC) 2019 Acrylic, wood, steel, paper, latex paint, mixed media 26’ x 8’ x 6”
  • 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
  • Room with a View

    "Room with a View" Installation for Visarts, Maryland 2020 Foam, custom silk, vinyl, wood, mixed media garlands 90'l x 7' high x 4' deep
  • Room with a View

    "Room with a View" Installation for Visarts, Maryland 2020 Foam, custom silk, vinyl, wood, mixed media garlands 90'l x 7' high x 4' deep

Dream Sellers

Dream Sellers, a two person exhibition at Victori + Mo Gallery in New York, New York with Alex Ebstein 
Consider the life peddled to you - through pervasive cultural bias, gender stereotypes, and capitalism. The way your home looks, how you clothe yourself, access to nature and beauty. These are all topics ripe in the works of Alex Ebstein and Amy Boone-McCreesh. Dream Sellers examines the markers of success through the lens of societal pressures. Artists have long held mirrors to the worlds in which they live and Ebstein and Boone-McCreesh visually unravel what it means to exist today in a series of tactile, mixed media works. Topics including body shape preferences, advertising, slick store displays, and do- mestic life are pulled apart to question long held assumptions on class and the notion of upward mobility.
Amy Boone-McCreesh utilizes maximal aesthetics and visual tropes of grandeur in a new series that conflates window views and consumption of luxury goods. Her formative experiences growing up in a low socio-economic setting have led to further examinations of markers of success and how they manifest visually. The commodified access to beauty and nature mix with a knee-jerk opposition to notions of “good” taste in her colorful mixed-media spaces. Hand-cut collaged works on paper are informed by the labor of craft and domesticity. This is countered by the precise geometry of interior spaces and the machine-cut, synthetic materials present in the curtain-like window hangings and wall charms. Borrowing from the world she inhabits, Boone-McCreesh aspires to visually delight while questioning the prominent tastes of cultural acceptance.

Together, Alex and Amy probe at the standards and aesthetic perimeters that ensnare women, asking questions through their visual vocabularies. Mimicking the culture being sold to them, they aim to create “beauty” while testing the exclusionary limitations of the concept. The moving target of success, as it relates to the pressure to have a certain home or domestic life, fitness goals, trend conformity and other slippery milestones, tinges their work with an inescapable anxiety. Underscoring their mutual fascination with brand collaborations, limited editions and the mechanism of scarcity in art, beauty and fashion, the artists worked together to create a set of small sculptures that straddle high and low aesthetics.

Luxury Items - works on paper 2018-2020

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.

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 - 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.
  • Vanity wall Hanging (detail)

    Vanity Wall Hanging (detail) Custom designed and printed silk, laser cut acrylic, acrlic tubes, custom steel brackets, custom wall vinyl
  • Window Bars

    Window Bars 2020 Wood, plaster, custom printed silk
  • Designer Tabletops

    Designer Tabletops 2019 Foam, Acrylic, custom silk, mixed media garlands, wall painting
  • 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 I (detail)

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

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.

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