an attempt at AMERICAN MODERNISM, pt 543

amanda ross ho
paul frankl

"it's not that simple this dictionary never has a word for the way i'm feeling"
- Red House Painters

The Approach is delighted to present TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE, Los Angeles based artist AmandaRoss-Ho’s first solo show in London.

6th May – 19th June 2011

"Ross-Ho’s practice is rooted in navigating understanding, utilizing a wide variety of forms as vehicles through which to embed a rigorous investigation of visual language. Her work regularly unites seemingly oppositional languages and spaces: autobiographical artifacts are mined for formal qualities; traces andresidues from studio and gallery practice are meticulously re-created as deliberate gestures; boundaries between private work and public display are collapsed.

She revisits images and forms in multiple iterations, creating scale shifts, moving among media, or using positive and negative structures.



like modernism in general is a trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve, and reshape their environment, with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and practical experimentation, and is thus in its essence both progressive and optimistic. The general term covers many political, cultural and artistic movements rooted in the changes in Western society at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. American modernism is an artistic and cultural movement in the United States starting at the turn of the 20th century with its core period between World War I and World War II and continuing into the 21st century.

(taken from here)


1. Amanda Ross Ho. "Paintings to disguise a set of architectural elements", 2011 Acrylic on six gessoed canvases, 374x407x25.5 cm

2. Paul Frankl. Perhaps the most epic cabinet ever made?