Amy Morken


Painter said...

Amy Morken @
Claire Oliver
513 West 26th Street,
New York, NY 10001

prop said...

inspired by the lost russ meyer sequel 'beneath the valley of the lesbian-furry-vixens'

no-where-man said...

oh its cute! for once the super washy pastel transmigrating water colours feel less then tragiclly subhurban, or skratch that reverse it - but it still works.

zipthwung said...

If you like this artist you might also like:

Hillary Harkness
Marcel Dzama
SOme others I cant remember. Sorry. Maybe its because they dont show at zwirner and Boone.

Hillary Harkness paints better and invests more time in the work. Lots more time.

What is a complex visual language? Because Amy Morken has one, according to the press release.

I notice this a lot. Artsits develop complex visual languages in Grad school, or even junior high - although most of the visual language means the same thing. I drew conan obsessively. No neck, lots of gore.

A complex visual language should be able to express a full range of emotions in a nuanced way.

Otherwise, why make it comlex? Why not make a simple visual language pricks like me can understand?

kalm james said...

Like I said regarding the horse and cat painting, get some sex stuff happenin. Arshile Gorky biomorphic shapes in thongs and heels. Jackson Pollock splatters in pushup bras. Joan Mitchell hedges with garter belts. Those magentas are burning a hole in my monitor! Pinks and yellows, deKoo’s faves

zipthwung said...





I could go on.

I was watching this twilight zone episode last night where this "ugly" girl is transformed into a pretty clone.

Rod Sterling may have been commenting on something.

"THe best part is, I look just like you!"

zipthwung said...

sturm und drang

closeuup said...

This is such a good interview/history. I suggest it to people too young to have been there. John Giorno is a historian I would believe. Real deal. KJ sorry you are sum kinda yuppie/neocon...


Graphic Designer said...


Graphic Designer said...

First response- without checking out other work.
I like it, it's very pretty. Then I started noticing all of these hip trendy images. I kept seeing them! People in underwhere, animal masks, a deer, a gun, flowers?, skeleton (my friend said you can always put a skeleton in a painting and it will be better).

I don't know, I am serously wondering if it's a comment on contemporary art.

Other than this quick thought, I still think it's more visually compelling then.....other paintings.

I feel that I am trying to figure out what it means but don't really care.

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kalm james said...

closeuup, thanks for the compliments, one can only wish. Actually I’d be more of a paleo-con. But once again thanks. (I’ll check out this Giorno cat)

no-where-man said...

:) what's wrong with w-burg one of my roomies wears those socks! is Grand Wood illustration - Balthus pornographic? i heart the palate..

dress u up in my luv.

SisterRye said...

The hot palette is offset by the abundance of white, and the black and white panda head.

Those trendy images, like deer antlers, etc... have been around for over 500 years, soccer socks excluded.

Something about the palette and the washiness makes it seem more sincere than an Urban Outfitters illustration. I'm not sure why. It's in the subtle differences.

I'm reminded of Kitaj and Kandinsky.

zipthwung said...

Pictures are great.

This picture could use some heaver line weights and a little gesso/goache erasure and so on and so forth. Why not? It is allreay arting it up. Might as well go the distance.

Or it could say the same thing using a style that sets itself apart from the fey, the antiheroic, the slacker, and the geek chik.

It could use some more explicit if ambiguous narrative, too.

Water buffalo? Hippos?

Anonymous said...

I like this Amy Morken prompting me to write this lithely ditty to reenforce I have the mind of a twelve-year-old.

Clearing the throat...

Rainy Soft Day Soft, Flesh with Magenta, Mist

Drizzly and a dizzily colorful day to wake up to this tangle and fray
It can do you no bad, and possibly good
Where the 'wiggles and wangles',
the 'flowers and flesh' say not the last word.

JpegCritic said...

That was touching.

no-where-man said...

i feel like it is not a painting best understood thru cognitive processes.

" I love myself; I want you to love me
When I feel down; I want you above me
I search myself; I want you to find me
I forget myself; I want you to remind me

I don't want anybody else
When I think about you I touch myself
Ooh I don't want anybody else Oh no, oh no, oh no

JpegCritic said...

Thanks, no-where. I think we all speak of the pompetus of love.

JpegCritic said...

Yeah, said it's all right
I won't forget
All the times I've waited patiently for you
And you'll do just what you choose to do
And I will be alone again tonight my dear

Verse 2:
Yeah, I heard a funny thing
Somebody said to me
You know that I could be in love with almost everyone
I think that people are
The greatest fun
And I will be alone again tonight my dear



JpegCritic said...

Alright enough with lyrics. This painting
won't last more than half a decade.
Graphic novels have better chances due to
their collectability (?)

Love or no love, my dear. Sorry.
We lauded hockney and left poor kitaj
to decay in the muck of historic mediocrity
Why? Dunno, really, but it might have something
having to do with desire-wanting-resistance.

In other words...
Don't be so easy baby. Sweetness can only
get you so far.

JpegCritic said...

btw can i get your underwear on ebay?

no-where-man said...

must it be built to last?

;) ha no - if that is directed at me - but u can walk up to us in chelsea, it is a crapshoot as to what mood i am in. i have a theory about 80's lyrics being contemporary poetry.

so clever and beautiful said...

Hi Graphic Designer
Thanks for coming to my opening it was great to see you!

Dennis Matthews said...

did anyone see the Bonnie Colluras showing with her? Hey painter what about Bonnie?

Dennis Matthews said...


Graphic Designer said...


Great to see you too. Have fun in school!

See you soon!
Graphic Designer

mr peeps said...

this show was awful. totally cute and really bad color.