New York University’s Kimmel Windows Galleries presents In the Labyrinth | works by Kiley Ames, on view street-level at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life. In the Labyrinth will remain on display 24-hours a day through September 5th, 2017. An opening reception will take place on July 5th, from 5:30- 8pm, in the lobby of The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012. The exhibition is free and open to the public and can be viewed simply by walking past the vitrines located on Laguardia Place and West 3rd Street.
Each work in Kiley Ames’ exhibition, In the Labyrinth, is an exercise in variety. Through a diverse array of media, from clay and wood to oil paint on burlap, Ames creates a world where representation of the human condition is less reliant on realism than it is defined by the interactions of each visual component. Drawn from the complex relationships between individual and whole, Ames’ pieces are characterized by their merging of contrasting visual elements. The dense flecks of color populating Startled by Stillness-- light against dark, muted against vivid-- come together to ultimately create an image simultaneously unified and disparate, reflecting the alienation of the subject itself.
Though diverse in technique, material, and form, Ames’ work shares the common narratives of emotional complexity and feminine resilience. In each piece, Ames reflects the often contradictory emotional spectrum of the female experience, imbuing her subjects with both strength and vulnerability; the woman’s downward gaze in This Beautiful Sound, constructed by Ames’ trademark flurries of short, colorful strokes, reads as both haughty and inviting, blurring the line between the audience as voyeur and friend. Ames’ work is distinctive and emotionally resonant, not only portraying women as strong and resilient in the face of societally imposed challenges, but also striking a chord with the viewer and thereby asking them to engage with their own respective environments.
Kiley Ames lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in History from UCLA, a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Ames has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai as well as in Leipzig, Germany. She is the recipient of multiple grants including the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her own studio practice, she freelances at Annie Leibovitz Studio. Recent exhibitions include It Figures: The Body in Art, Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL; States of Reality, Gallery 66, Cold Springs, NY, and Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York, NY. In 2018, Ames will have her first international solo exhibit in Cape Town, South Africa, and her first museum exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.
In the Labyrinth is curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen, Director for NYU Kimmel Galleries; Curatorial Interns: Sue Park and Lauren Park.