Amanda Ross-Ho Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Amanda Ross-Ho


Light jet print mounted on sintra, 2 metal sawhorses

144.8 x 111.8 x 96.5 cm

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work is inspired by detritus: the clutter and remnants of daily existence, and the ‘negative space’ of things over looked. Ranging from sculpture, installation, painting, and photography, her work seeks to uncover the subtle beauty of coincidence and anomaly. Working from source material as diverse as newspaper articles, narcotics agency records, life aspiration manuals, and home-craft instruction booklets, Ross-Ho highlights
points of cultural ‘intersection’ to create extrinsic portraits of contemporary zeitgeist.
Throughout Ross-Ho’s work is a sense of de-familiarisation and detachment, a numbing alienation contrived from everyday ephemera. In pieces such as Seizure, a large inkjet print of drug paraphernalia snapshots is mounted on a make-shift evidence table. A representation of a representation, the illicit glamour, allure, and enticement of busted crime is laid out for scrutiny, rendered vacant and sanitised through its photographic distancing.

Amanda Ross-Ho
White Goddess #1 Wall


Acrylic on cut canvas, incised sheetrock, wood, screws, gaffers tape, wrapping paper

White Goddess # 1 dimensions: 228.6 x 91.4 cm Wall dimensions: 243.8 x 193.4 cm
Amanda Ross-Ho
White Goddess #3 Wall


Acrylic on cut canvas, incised sheetrock, wood, screws, fish charm

White Goddess #3 dimensions: 228.6 x 91.4 cm Wall dimensions: 243.8 x 193 cm
Amanda Ross-Ho
Gran-Abertura #2


Incised sheetrock, wood, screws

243.8 x 193 cm
Amanda Ross-Ho
Peacock Wall


Archival light jet print mounted and framed on Sintra, incised sheetrock, wood, screws, cat water bowl

Peacock photo dimensions: 132.1 x 101.6 cm Wall dimensions: 243.8 x 193 cm

Peacock is a photograph made without the use of a camera. Beginning with a classic studio portrait Ross-Ho stencilled out the subject to reveal the pattern of the underlying cutting board before scanning it into a computer. The resulting laser print presents a portrait as void: the figure reduced to a generic grid, its lines intersecting with the architecture in the background, blurring the perception of reality, illusion and construction.


Amanda Ross-Ho
Sieve (and 4 details)


Canvas, gold hoop earrings, thread, crocheted doily, single earring, monogram pins, vintage iron-on, wooden thumbtack, goldplated pendant, rhinestone earring, ceramic pinch pots, aluminium thumbtacks, latex, acrylic and xerox transfer on cut canvas d

366 x 274.3 x 15.2 cm

Made from collected items of found ephemera – hobby reference manuals, old photographs, and bits of jewellery – Ross-Ho’s assemblages draw from the histories and associative meanings of discarded objects to describe points of cultural intersection. Sieve is a large sheet of canvas dropcloth cut in the rough approximation of a doily or paper snowflake, its irregular diamond shapes relating to home craft, tribal patterns and op art. Sparsely adorned with paint, iron-ons, and bijoux, the surface literally becomes a filter, distilling and ‘purifying’ the flotsam of personal and collective memory as a monumental field of preciousness re-valued.

Amanda Ross-Ho
Black Widow #7


Acrylic on cut canvas

213.4 cm in diameter

Ross-Ho’s paintings similarly broach the uncanny. Translated from images of doilies or macramé wall hangings, her intricate webs are manufactured in grandiose scale, cut from painted black canvas dropcloths, or carved in sheet rock. Their recognition and domestic symbolism becomes estranged, placed out of context through size and materiality. Construing kitsch with the elegance of minimalism, Ross-Ho presents the sentimentality of tchotchke as emotive voids, displacing homey intimacy to the realm of objective contemplation.

Amanda Ross-Ho's Biography

Amanda Ross-Ho
Born in 1975, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


AMANDA ROSS-HO: TEENY TINY WOMAN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

Time Waits For No-one The Approach, London, UK
Untitled Nothing Factory, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX

A Stack of Black Pants, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Somebody Stop Me, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY
Project Series 40: Amanda Ross-Ho: The Cheshire Cat Principle, Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA

Untitled Event, Hoet Bekaert, Gent, Belgium

Half Of What I Say Is Meaningless, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Hoet Bekaert, Knokke, Belgium
Nothin Fuckin Matters, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Gran-abertura, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Don't Front (You Know I Got Cha Open), Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Season Finale, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

The Earth is Rotating with this Room as its Axis, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Scene of Changery, Dogmatic, Chicago, IL


Comrades of Time, PST, Tilberg, The Netherlands
Look Here, Upon this Picture, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, USA
Pure Perception, Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, Italy
prince at the forum, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, USA
Pairings: The Collection at 50, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA
Devouring Time, Western Bridge, Seattle, USA
Special Blend, The Journal, Brooklyn, USA
Image Transfer, Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA(August-October 2012)

IT AIN'T FAIR: Materialism, OHWOW, Miami, USA
disorder, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, USA
Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA
George Herms: Xenophillia (Love of he Unknown), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Painting Expanded, Tanya Bonakdar, New York, USA
Greater LA, 483 Broadway, New York, USA
NOT THE WAY YOU REMEMBERED, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Image Transfer, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Depauw University, Greencastle,(Feb-May); Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
Banquet of the Black Jackel, Luckman Gallery, Cal State, Los Angeles, USA

How Soon Now, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalog)
Free, New Museum, New York, NY
New Photography 2010, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Image Transfer, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (catalog)
Jerry/Jury-Rigged, curated by Jan Tumlir, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
Doctor Zomb, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
Endless Bummer / Surf Elsewhere, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Wall-to-Wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
They Have Not the Art to Argue with Pictures, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Production Site: The Artist's Studio Inside and Out, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Never Ending Story: Fairytale, Fantasy, Obsession, curated by Laura Hoptman, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
Crosstown Traffic, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, Germany
New Art for a New Century: Recent Acquisitions 2000-2009, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
FAX, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

Picturing The Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
In Bed Together, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
Chinese Box, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA
Wallworks, Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Interiority Complex, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Bitch Is The New Black, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Group Show, Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York, NY
July Artist of the Month, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
To The Left of The Rising Sun, Small A Projects, New York, NY
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Selected Works from the MCA Collection, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Spoils & Relics: Henning Bohl, Michael Hakimi, Amanda Ross-Ho, The Approach, London, UK
FIRST SHOW, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
FAX, The Drawing Center, New York, NY; traveled to Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD and Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA.
Make Room, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
LA Woman, Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

The Station, curated by Shamim Momin and Nate Lowman, Miami, FL
Indirect Object: Matt Mullican, Cady Noland, Amanda Ross-Ho, Frances Stark, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY
Dogtooth and Tessellate, The Approach, London, UK
2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (catalog)
Index: Conceptualism In California From The Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
a tellurian complex, john connelly presents, New York, NY
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalog)
Chinaman's Chance, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
Depositions, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland.
Nina in Position, Artists Space, New York, NY
Vaginal Rejuvenation, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY

for REE, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
OPEN, Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
Sculptors' Drawings, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Post-Rose: Artists In And Out of The Hazard Park Complex, Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Sonotube Forms, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Warhol and..., Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Me, you, you, a ventriloquy, Small A Projects, Portland, OR
Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
Obscene Soft Sounds, Wallspace, New York, NY
Photographs, AR Fine Art, Milan, Italy

Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance), Bellwether, New York, NY
666, curated by Jan Tumlir, USC Roski School of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

State of Emergence, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Hella Chihuahuas, Platform China, Beijing, China
Things We Said We’d Never Do Again, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Spring Break, ArtLedge, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ArtLA, Los Angeles, CA
Players, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

Battle of the Dimensions, Stichting Kunst and Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Extended Family, Publico, Cincinatti, OH
Drunk vs, Stoned, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
This Thing We Do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Welcome to Wonderland, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
100 Cuts, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Uncovered Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Don’t Fail Me Now, TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL
Amanda Ross-Ho and David Baptiste-Chirot, Jody Monroe Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Glossing, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
Artboat, Dogmatic, Chicago, IL
9th Annual University Exhibit, Northern Indiana Art Association, Munster, IN
Really Real, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Subtle, Not So Subtle, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL

Just What it Says, Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago, IL
Canadian Thanksgiving, Robert DeCaprio Gallery, Palos Hills, IL
81/2' X 11', Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago, IL
Reconfiguring Pop, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
Thrill 2, Joymore, Chicago, IL
Moxie, Three Arts Club, Chicago, IL
Meet Me in St. Louie, Crowe T. Brooks Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Bastard:Son of Hot Sauce, Law Office, Chicago, IL
Outside the Box, Lemp Brewery, St. Louis, MO
Day Job, Open End, Chicago, IL
Flowers are Meant to be Picked, A.S.A.P, Chicago, IL

Significant/Signifiers, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Ball and Chain, Skokie Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL
Counter Productive Industries, 1926 Space, Chicago, IL