Amanda Gentry: Expanding

Gallery 2 & Cleve Carney Gallery

Emerging artist Amanda Gentry unveils a new series of nine works in the exhibition titled Expanding, which explores the pillow as a metaphor for the mental and physical weight of the human experience. Gentry’s repetition of hundreds of swollen and sealed vessels has a restless, uncanny effect, while her delicate use of color and soft materials render the unconscious state of sleep. Featuring some objects made in the Art Center’s Cerf Hill & Sagan Ceramics Classroom where Gentry took classes, the exhibition marks the first major solo show for the artist.

Clay pillow forms leave no room for rest in these new large-scale installation works by Gentry.

Gentry applies clean minimal design to her modular relief sculptures, addressing the passage of time and gaining of knowledge. The artist also introduces large-scale installation into her practice for the first time with the debut of two new pieces that reflect the artist’s hand, as well as the inclusion of works highlighting physical impressions made by members of the artist’s community. 

Amanda Gentry is a Chicago-based artist better known for her functional clayware, before focusing on the non-functional work highlighted in this exhibition three years ago. Gentry’s work has been shown at the Chicago Art Department, Kent State University and Manchester University, where she also taught at the visiting artist workshop. In 2012 she was an artist-in-residency at the Pyrenean Pottery Workshop in Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, France. She has also participated in clay programs at Anderson Ranch Art Center (Colorado), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Tennessee), and La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany (Italy). Gentry received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and was a Hyde Park Art Center student from 2009-2011.

Image: Amanda Gentry, My Life in Rows, 2013, Clear glazed, white talc earthenware mixed with pink mason stain, 480 units; 3 x 3 inches each