Olga De Amaral
Colombian artist Olga de Amaral sculpts space and form with light. She has created architectural tapestries, realizing her dream to “turn textiles into golden surfaces of light.” By using woven elements of linen painted with gesso and earth-toned pigments, as well as gold or silver leaf, the artist overlaps, weaves and twists strands of these fibers to bring forth the interplay of darkness and light. Her process establishes rich terrains of mood and emotion that evoke not only the intimacy of personal experience, but also the associations to a vaster realm outside of ourselves- the Colombian Landscape mingled with its native architecture, pre-Colombian, Indian basketry, gold artifacts, ornamentation of Catholic churches, and abstract geometries.
Major exhibitions of de Amaral’s work have been held in museums in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Japan, Germany, France, and the United States. Her work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Denver Art Museum, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Renwick Gallery of the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., in addition to more than fifteen other worldwide museum collections.
Contemporary uses of gold have stretched far beyond its historical foundations in societal status, wealth and spirituality. As a substance with legendary qualities, subject and form no longer limit gold. In Bentley Gallery’s exhibition Gold Rush, 15 artists come together to challenge perceptions (and uses) of the world’s most alluring metal.