Said the Guests: Amber Albrecht
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When I met Amber Albrecht, I was wearing my suit. I had just been at a job interview. I was visiting my friend Kit, who had an exhibition on, and as we were talking this small woman came in. She had brought fancy markers and, I think, her lunch. Somehow, just looking at her, she seemed like she had a forested spirit. (I don't really know what that means; think birch bark, poisonous berries, moss.) Kit said, Sean, Amber; Amber, Sean. She was there to do some drawing with Kit. And then I went Uhhhh... and asked if she was Amber Albrecht. Because I had just been wandering around the internet, looking upon the works of artists, and one of these artists was a remarkable Montrealer called Amber Albrecht, and Amber's work in particular I had been gawping at, dumbfounded. She made drawings & prints that were beautiful, elaborate, with extremely fierce, strong spirits. I guess that makes them sound like pretty pictures of lions or falcons but no, Amber's art recalled much more serious things. Half-a-Daguerreotype, maybe, of the witch that Hansel once met.
Anyway it's now a long time later and Amber is about to open a solo show at Montreal's Division Gallery, 372 Ste-Catherine, Suite 311. The show is on from February 28-April 4, and the vernissage takes place 3pm-6pm on Saturday. (The gallery will also be open very late for Nuit Blanche.)
She made these pictures for Said the Gramophone, very specially, and it took her a very long time to make them what she wanted. They are illustrations of two songs she loves, by an artist called The Constellations. The Constellations is Jeremy Latta, and he lives in Ottawa, Amber says, and he has made "really nice album covers for his singles project that he's been working on for a while now which required that he make I think nineteen albums and now he's finished".
I hope you like them as much as I do. Please leave Amber your comments!
Posted by Sean at February 26, 2009 10:41 AM
Wow... that work is so intricate...
The eyes are pretty haunting as well. Nice stuff, Amber -- I'll have to come check your stuff out at Nuit Blanche.Posted by Jad at February 26, 2009 1:52 PM
It is usually hard for me to appreciate drawings and illustrations over the internet, but I am very fond of your work, Amber. I wish I was closer to Montreal so I could see some of it in person.Posted by Mark Wilson at February 26, 2009 5:29 PM
amazing. you guys always post the neatest songs on here. each day, i find my little surprises on here.
if what you're doing is wrong, i don't want you to be right.Posted by sovay at February 26, 2009 7:18 PM
hey Amber, this sounds great. i´ve been thinking about "Oh! captive princess" all day. Nice work!
Posted by Ben at February 27, 2009 11:23 AM
It feels like an incremental mass, or a burning wick in reverse! Exciting!Posted by Philip Pappas at March 1, 2009 4:07 PM
Something in your art moves me.Posted by Bonnie at February 15, 2010 4:16 PM
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