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Amanda Wood

Thu. May 2nd 2024 - Sat. May 25th 2024 Open hours for Bang Bang Click My Whisper: Thursday April 4th 2-8pm Friday April 5th, 5-8pm Saturday April 6th, 2-8pm Sunday April 7th, 5-8pm Thursday April 18th, 2-8pm Friday April 19th, 5-8pm Saturday April 20th, 6-8pm Sunday April 21th, 2-8pm Thursday April 25th 2-8pm Closed most holidays Gallery viewing by appointment may be available if you are unable to visit during posted hours. Gallery hours fluctuate. We are run and kept open entirely by the effort of volunteer labor. If you know exactly when you are going to come by the exhibition space and want to ensure we will be open, please send us an email before visiting the gallery so we can confirm that we will have someone there to meet you.
Working in printmaking, sound and sculpture, Amanda Wood uses strategies of abstraction, translation, and volume to tease out material structures found in both the built environment and the natural world. She breaks down images, finds patterns through repetition and close looking, and then rearranges this data into new patterns and forms.

louder than the sum of its parts takes the halftone patterns created from photographing urban landscapes and combines them with the forms, lines, and clusters made by swarms of birds in flight. Wood finds the smallest piece of information – the bitmap or the outline of a bird and places it within an exploration of common materials and traditional practices. Her continuous translation and rearrangement of the singular highlights the physicality and universality of the pattern language that emerges from manipulating visual information in this way. In keeping with her commitment to material exploration, Wood’s current body of work investigates and expands perception through the senses of hearing, touch, and sight. Adapting the processes of hand weaving and screen printing to a digital framework through data sonification, she is interested in the interplay between the invisible and the material.

Amanda Wood (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary artist from the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations (Vancouver, BC) who works among and in between several different media including print making, and hand weaving. She navigates the world through a practice that is based in repetition, tactile sensations, and data sonification.

This way of working makes space for both hyperfocus and shifts in directions. Amanda calls this process, translanguage sequencing. A translanguage is an intra-lingual means of communication. It can be a mash up of multiple languages or the creation of a language specific to a situation or person. In mathematical terms, a sequence is a collection of objects where the order matters and repetition is allowed. A translanguage sequence is a combination of these things - an approach dependent on arbitrary repetition, common materials, everyday experience, and the collapsing of time.

Amanda is grateful for support from the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. She currently works out of Malaspina Printmakers Society in Vancouver BC.

The gallery will be open from 12-4 on Saturdays.