Collection: The Importance Of The Mark, Selected By Kerri Ammirata (online exhibition)
About the exhibition
“A really good picture looks as if it’s happened at once. It’s an immediate image…one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronised with your head and heart, and you have it, and therefore it looks as if it were born in a minute."
-Helen Frankenthaler (Barbara Rose, Frankenthaler, 1972, New York: Harry N Abrams, p.85)
When I came across Phyllis Carr’s beautiful ceramic works, I was inspired by the boldness and her ‘attack’ on the piece of clay. I knew it came from a place of knowledge of how the clay would react and the freedom to let the material have a life of its own.
The other artworks selected for this show also demonstrate a confidence and freedom of mark that comes from hours of dedicated work and a tactile knowledge of material.
About the selector
Kerri Ammirata is a Queens-based artist born in Long Island and partly raised in the Midwest. She earned her MFA from Boston University in 2010 and a BA from Anderson University in 2006. She had her first solo show ‘Deep in the Knowing’ at Space776 in Brooklyn in 2018. She is the recipient of the following awards and residencies: Golden Foundation for the Arts (2019), Ne'Na Contemporary Art Space/Monfai Cultural Center Residency (2019), NYCT Cultural Advocacy & Equity Program (2015); Vermont Studio Center Clowes Full Fellowship (2012); HUB-BUB Full Fellowship (2010-2011); and Chautauqua School of Art, Full Scholarship (2005 and 2006). She has worked as the Development/Gallery Manager at White Columns NY for the past four years.