Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Urban/Organic: New Contemporary Works

Story by Judit TrunkosNext week, Art + Cayce opens its next solo exhibition “Urban/Organic: New Works by Amanda Ladymon.” Ladymon, an adjunct professor at Augusta State University and Midlands Technical College, has been deeply involved in Columbia’s arts community and is also the Education Committee Coordinator for the 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The Texas native will exhibit the latest works influenced by her time in Columbia.

Many artists that spend most of their time in the city draw inspiration from nature.  Ladymon, though, has found a balance between the urban and the natural. Biological forms and synthetic lines coexist in harmony. I was  particularly drawn to pieces that resemble deep-sea coral  that later give way to urban cityscapes. The duality of Ladymon’s art makes it all the more intriguing.

“This exhibition is about trying to achieve an understanding or balance of the two environments that I try to co-exist in - the urban and the organic,” she says. “This is described through material choices (some materials are natural or organic, while some are man-made or synthetic) in the sculptures, and the paintings have forms and textures that allude to my older work, which was extremely organic, while also being interwoven with grids and more structural elements.”

There are few places in the United States where the symbiotic relationship between the city and the untamed environment can coexist so well as in Columbia. Ladymon has a chance to live in this dual environment and allow it to become her muse.

Amanda Ladymon’s work can be seen at Art + Cayce, 1329 State St.  in Cayce, from September 16th through the 30th ,with the opening reception on Thursday, September 16th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Visit ArtPlusCayce.blogspot.com for further information. More of Ladymon's work can be seen at www.amandaladymon.com .

1 comment:

  1. this looks terrific. i can't wait to see the show. it's has been refershing to see amanda's work...she is an artist dedicated to creative expansion.