AMY TALLUTO |They Drink of an Eternal Fire | September 13 - November 8, 2014

Amy Talluto's Hunter Mountain

Roos Arts Presents
AMY TALLUTO
They Drink of an Eternal Fire


September 13 - November 8, 2014

Opening Reception for the Artist:
Saturday, September 13, 6 - 8 pm

Amy Talluto's recent paintings and drawings emerge from moments she discovers in the landscape. Talluto is attracted to scenes and spaces that are dense and brooding, that emanate an intense, singular feeling, reveal a personified form, or take on an unexpected symmetry.

The show takes its name from a text about Talluto's work on the Lost at E Minor blog. Writer Gerry Mak states: "Time is meaningless to the lowly plants that seep their tendrils into the earth. They drink of an eternal fire that our ignorant eyes have no means to perceive other than by the paintings of Amy Talluto." Mak's text alludes to an inner life of nature, a hidden anima. In Talluto's work, natural forms become highly personified and alive. Faces, orifices and multiple arms and legs appear in everything from trees to rock quarries to hillsides.

Like the visionary landscape painter Charles E. Burchfield, Talluto likes to work on scenes close to her home. Burchfield believed that all the beauty he wanted and wished for was around where he lived. He states in 1914, "This is my beauty-all the beauty I wish for: the love of this nature around my home. They talk of Italian skies. I envy not the Italian. Nor do they envy me. I find no sympathetic beauty in the sky I have not lived under. The Elyssian Fields are not at the ends of the earth-they are here at my feet." Talluto speaks about the shock of seeing something extraordinary in a place that one has seen over and over again in daily life, but never noticed until one moment in time. This "shock" leaves an intense imprint of memory. This memory becomes an essence, a filter of mood and feeling that functions as a guide to the painting. The challenge for Talluto is to fuse the memory with observed realism to make a true portrait of landscape. It is paramount to the artist that her work emanates an inner psychology and is true to her original experience.

Amy Talluto earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995 and earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001. She has shown her work across the country, especially in New York and Chicago. Most recently she had a solo exhibition at Black & White Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in April 2011; and in January 2009, she had a solo exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. Previous shows include a two-person exhibition at PS 122 Gallery in New York, and several group shows, including exhibitions at Wave Hill Gardens in the Bronx; the Abrons Art Center and Gallery Satori in New York; the Kentler International Drawing Space, Metaphor Contemporary Art and the Brooklyn Arts Council in Brooklyn; as well as additional shows in Wyoming and Oregon. She is pleased to be featured in a solo exhibition at Roos Arts in Rosendale, NY in September, 2014. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley, NY.

Please contact Heige at hk@roosarts.com for more details about this exhibition.

Public Municipal parking is available behind the Rosendale Movie Theater on Main Street. Thank you in advance for not parking in the Rosendale Cafe lot. Looking forward to seeing you all at Roos!