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Amy Bedik: Figure and Ground at The Italian Academy, NYC, Oct. 18th – Nov. 23rd, 2011

Posted 10/05/11

From Italian Academy press release: Using a plastic camera from the 1960s, Amy Bedik photographs sculpture and landscape, creating images of startling intensity and sophistication.  In Figure and Ground, she exhibits work made in Italy, Turkey, and New York.  And from Russell Hart: If the shapeliness of Bedik’s subjects makes her viewer cognizant of their creators’ tools—chisel or clippers, wind or water—the visual qualities of her photographs raise the question of what was used to make them. Her perfectly named Diana, an inexpensive plastic camera with a crude plastic lens, produces images that are less sharp than those from a “serious” camera and that become softer still, and also darker, toward the edges. “It would certainly be easier to work with a conventional camera,” Bedik says. “The Diana is unreliable at best, but the way it renders subjects is the closest I’ve come to replicating the way I see.” In fact, Bedik insists that the images no longer appear distorted to her.

We are thrilled to have worked with Amy over the past two years. Amy’s beautiful and transformative work is shot with a toy Diana camera, scanned and outputted to pigment prints – printed on Hahnemühle Bamboo 290 (90% bamboo fibers and 10% cotton) 280gsm. And best of all – we will be at the opening!

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

RSVP at www.italianacademy.columbia.edu / The Italian Academy / 1161 Amsterdam Avenue / Just south of 118th Street / New York, NY 10027

Review of show by the Columbia Spectator