October 28, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Gibbs Street Gallery
As the 19th century gave us radical new ways to experience and move through space with the plane, train, and automobile, my work addresses our present, even more radically different experience of space driven by the multifaceted virtual worlds of the internet’s network spaces. My drawings, paintings, and installations are infused with information friction and subscribe to modes of representation of new virtual spaces and special effects to build architectures of fictional space. Notational devices drawn from digital architecture, interaction design, and digital mapping schemata clash with exploding vectors, imploding pathways, and webs of connectivity. A walk through of my exhibitions intend to bring a spatial and bodily awareness to the many interfaces to the ‘CLOUD’s’ invisible networks, intersections and connectivity infusing the everydayness of our environments connecting us across physical boundaries. I aim for the viewer to experience layered cartographies melding disparate worlds, whose multifaceted surfaces echo one’s intuitive movement and interaction in an ultra dynamic hyper-world.
About the artist: Amy Schissel is based in Miami, FL. She obtained her MFA (2009) from the University of Ottawa and was awarded a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Residency and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award. In 2013 she received Ottawa’s Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artist Award and in 2011 was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Schissel was Canada’s 2009 recipient of the Brucebo Foundation Fine Arts Award. Recent exhibitions include solo projects in the THE ARMORY SHOW, NYC, VOLTA Basel, Switzerland, VOLTA NY, NYC, Fine Art Museum at WVU, Huntington Museum of Art, WV, Clay Centre for the Arts and Sciences, WV, Florida State Museum of Fine Arts, FL, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, PA, University of Brussels Gallery, Belgium, Sjalso Studios, Sweden, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal. Collections include the West Virginia University Museum of Fine Art, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, University of Brussels, Gotland Museum of Fine Art, the City of Ottawa, and Canada’s Council for the Arts Art Bank. Schissel has received Grants and Awards from the Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Myers Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.