Amy Finkbeiner (’01) and Rita MacDonald
722 Metropolitan Ave, Fl 2, Brooklyn, NY 11211
April 11 – May 3, 2015
Projekt722 is pleased to present the work of Amy Finkbeiner and Rita MacDonald, two artists using opposing formal styles to play with themes around the sublimation of the body - Finkbeiner with lush illustrative paintings of plants and herbs that have been traditionally used as abortifacients, and MacDonald with spare pencil drawings of decorative patterns on clothing that evoke an implied connection to the body.
Amy Finkbeiner’s performances, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and various other multi-disciplinary works are the products of a lifetime spent pondering the Eternal Paradox of the body as filter/translator of incorporeal experience, especially as it relates to the contested bodies of women, both historically and right this damn minute. Finkbeiner is an alumnus of Skowhegan and has performed and exhibited at such venues as Panoply Performance Lab, AIR Gallery, Grace Exhibition Space, Abrons Arts Center, Smack Mellon Gallery, Washington and Lee University Gallery, Lexington, Virginia; and Galleri Niklas Belenius in Stockholm. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She recently traveled to Dia:Beacon with No Wave Performance Task Force to very loudly express the wish that Ana Mendieta was still alive.
Rita MacDonald’s drawings on paper begin with images of decorative patterns on clothing and are deliberate observations of the body’s impact upon that pattern. She’s primarily interested in pattern for its geometry and for that geometry’s relationship to the human body. MacDonald’s work has been exhibited nationally including at Wave Hill, Smack Mellon and Storefront Ten Eyck here in NY and at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. She received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.