The Fritz Gallery is pleased to present INTERFACE, a solo exhibition by emerging artist Amber Tutwiler. Tutwiler is an interdisciplinary artist who works across oil painting, sculpture/installation, audio, and video. Her work is a meditation on interface; specifically, it is concerned with the interface between our physical, corporeal world and the heterotopic spaces arising from the world – what Foucault described as “placeless places” in his essay, Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias(1984). These places are so assimilated that our bodies have become symbiotic with them, becoming invisibly dependent on visibility.
Tutwiler asks how the body becomes integrated into this voyeuristic digital melting pot, oriented as landscapes that are not concise in their place, time, or consent. Though the viewer is inclined to believe there is something real about what is seen (at least at some point), the method to which this information is delivered is very un-real. Translucent color, warped planes, optical portages, and fringe interference patterns intersect the body; consequentially, there is a tension between what feels like a moment of intimacy between the viewer and the subject, and the reality of the subject’s digital infidelity. This transaction moves as quickly forward as it does away, revealing nothing but an interface: a surface which mediates multiple points of contact. Ultimately, Tutwiler’s work traps this transaction, bringing body, space, time into suspension.
AMBER TUTWILER (b. 1988) is an emerging artist originally from South Florida. She attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Miami, and most recently received her MFA in Visual Art from Florida Atlantic University (2017). Currently, she is an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, and is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College. She has won various awards, including the Women in Visual Arts scholarship and the Williamsburg Painting Award.