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Since completing her art studies at Bard College, in New York, Amy Granat has participated in exhibitions at venues such as the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, the Swiss Institute in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, among others. The majority of Amy Granat’s work consists of films and photography. Often creating abstract films without a camera, she uses the materials in untraditional ways. The destructive use of color or acid, the scratching and puncturing of the film strip: these manual modifications manifest themselves in a variety of reflections and distortions that, through the process of projection, generate pictorial shapes.
 The artist’s oeuvre also includes films that are characterized by a stronger narrative thread. At the 2008 Whitney Biennial, for instance, she showed the film T.S.O.Y.W. (“The Sorrows of Young Werther”), a 200-minute double projection made in collaboration with the artist Drew Heitzler, in which a young protagonist travels across the vast American landscape on a motor-cycle, passing major earthwork sites along the way (Spiral Jetty, the Lightning Fields, the Sun Tunnels). Central to Granat’s work is how she experiments with and defamiliarizes her media. Her films have a pictorial feel, while her photographic works are reminiscent of sculptures: scratched lines make up her projected images, and pieces of film strips appear on her photograms and collages, the exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber also includes two projections of “Black and Blue”, a new abstract cameraless film, as well as a backlit digital print on transparent paper.


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