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posted Friday, March 30, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 13
Amanda Kirkhuff's large-scale figurative oil paintings explore themes of queer community, militancy, and the homosexual agenda at Gallery 4Culture
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Amanda Kirkhuff's large-scale figurative oil paintings explore themes of queer community, militancy, and the homosexual agenda at Gallery 4Culture

AMANDA KIRKHUFF
'EVERYTHING IS HARD'
GALLERY 4CULTURE
April 5-26, M-F 9am-5pm
Artist Reception & Opening
Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm


'Everything is Hard' portrays the beauty and endurance of the gay community, as well as its shortcomings: in particular, complicity and participation in the very structures of discrimination that serve to marginalize its members. Kirkhuff wants to be a part of a gay community that doesn't hate women, contribute to rampant racism, or police bodies and genders. Her paintings confront these internalized oppressions.

Kirkhuff also endeavors to overcome the legacy of misattribution, suppression, and rejection that marginalized artists face in the art world. Her use of materials, scale, and representational technique seeks to mitigate the historical erasure and marginalization of women and gender non-conforming people within the cannon of portraiture.

Alongside traditionally hung paintings, a constructed set (where Kirkhuff posed models for 'Sauna') references the manual labor that is elemental to her studio practice. This kind of work - woodworking and construction - is socially gendered, much as painting itself has been labeled by history and industry as the work of white men.

'Everything is Hard' will be on display from April 5-26 at Gallery 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. There will be an artist's reception and opening on Thursday, April 5 at Gallery 4Culture, from 6-8pm, in conjunction with the First Thursday Art Walk at galleries in downtown Seattle and in Pioneer Square. (Prefontaine Pl. S. is the street at an angle between 3rd Ave. S. and 4th Ave. S. just south of Yesler Way and just north of S. Washington St.)

About the Artist
Amanda Jebrón Kirkhuff was born in Seattle, WA in 1982. She attended Seattle Central Community College where she was trained in oil painting and figure drawing, and ultimately earned a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Kirkhuff graduated with a BFA from SFAI in 2006. For nine years, she lived in San Francisco, participating in underground queer nightlife and activism. She has worked with numerous civil rights and social justice organizations, and her working-class background, community connections, and values continue to inform her practice. Kirkhuff currently lives and works in Seattle.

www.amandakirkhuff.com About Gallery 4Culture
Gallery 4Culture has a thirty-nine year history of presenting innovative and underrepresented artists and art forms in solo and small group exhibitions. King County artists who are not currently represented by a commercial gallery are invited to apply. The gallery is located at 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, with a first Thursday opening each month from 6-8pm. https://www.4culture.org/gallery.

About 4Culture
4Culture provides funding and support for the cultural work that makes King County vibrant. www.4culture.org.

Courtesy of Gallery 4Culture

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