The Breath Between Bites: Amanda Greive Solo Exhibition

March 1 to 30, 2022
Public Artist Reception: March 18 from 6 to 9 pm

A conversation between the artist and gallery director Sergio Gomez will take place the night of the reception at 7:30 pm.

33 Contemporary Gallery
1029 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Free parking in rear

33 Contemporary Gallery is thrilled to kick off it's 2022 calendar of physical exhibitions with a solo show by Amanda Greive.

The Breath Between Bites

To consummate is to consume.  The ultimate end requires decision; the use, destruction or depletion of something.  The poet Wilfred Owen wrote “Consummation is consumption.  We cannot consummate our bliss and not consume.  All joys are cakes and vanish in eating.  All bliss is sugar’s melting in the mouth.”  This exhibit takes a look at the transitory moments between consumption and consummation and loosely frames it in terms of the pandemic—it explores the breath between bites.  How have we spent our time?  What parts of ourselves have come to the surface as a result of our isolation?  

When I look back at the past two years, I feel like the words “consume” and “consummate” aptly describe how we spent our time.  We became consumed by a myriad of things—media streaming services, books, houseplants, the news, etc…  But we also took part in consummation, whether it was in terms of sexual relationships (if for any other reason than that we were spending lots of time at home) or with respect to its alternative definition, to complete or finish.  We completed projects, we ended relationships, and we yearned for an ending to the pandemic.  

This show examines at how we as individuals are changing, but also how our environments are changing as a result of our choices.  For instance, in Consumed 2, the woman is dissolving into an arrangement of flowers.  She is becoming something else entirely, as what is on the inside becomes visible.  In Home/Body 1, the same thing is occurring.  The woman is sitting in her living room, unapologetically transforming in front of the viewer.  But her surroundings, her home, are also dissolving away.  

Tangentially, the works created for this exhibit, with the exception of one, were created from images that I took of models well before the pandemic started.  During the last two years, I have been really hesitant to meet up with and photograph models, not wanting to unknowingly expose them to the virus or to be exposed. I look forward to a time when that isn’t a consideration, but I also recognize the importance of doing whatever I can right now, however small that act may seem, to keep my community safe.  

About the Artist

Amanda Greive graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2008 and has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. She has exhibited her work at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, Rehs Contemporary in New York City, Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles, RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, SCOPE NYC, Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, and Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado.  She was a finalist in the 2017 FIgurativas exhibit in Barcelona, and a Rehs Contemporary Award winner in the 13th ARC International Salon.  Her studio is located in Central Illinois.  She is represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL.

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