Current Exhibiton:

Chris Kienke: EXIT SIX

September 4 - 27, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday, September 5th from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present new member Chris Kienke’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, EXIT SIX. The seven colossal works in the exhibition fuse painting techniques with digital manipulation, centered around the concept of the road. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 5th from 6 to 9PM at the gallery, Suite 120 at The Loom, located at 1087 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Inspired by the fractures resulting from fingerprints left by his children on digital surfaces, Kienke’s work explores the relationship between representation and abstraction, televised identity, stereotype, and the changing role of materiality in post- modern aesthetics. Kienke creates modular works through a process of repeated application of layers of paint and digital images, which he terms a “glitch” aesthetic, drawing on the concept of the pixel as both a metaphor and subject matter.

Kienke earned his BFA in illustration at Kansas City Art Institute, and his MFA in painting at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Kienke’s work has been widely exhibited, including the2009 Brussels Biennial, the 2011 Florence Biennale, and the 2012 Verge Art Fair, among many others. His work is included in both public collections, such as the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Savannah College of Art and Design, the United Kingdom National Collection (The Hospitalfield Centre for Art and Culture in Scotland), and ABN Amro Bank in Dubai, as well as private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, the UAE, Vietnam, Canada, and the Netherlands. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art and Design on the graduate faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
 
Recent Exhibitions:

 

Art Not Without _____

June 26 - July 25, 2014
Opening reception, Friday, June 27 from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Art Not Without _____. The exhibition will be on view from June 26 through July 25, 2014, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 PM on Friday, June 27. Art Not Without _____ features recent work by emerging artists, both recent graduates and current students in the Master of Fine Arts programs at Parsons The New School for Design and Hunter College of the City University of New York.


The exhibition title is derived from Act I, Scene v of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which Lady Macbeth bemoans her husband and the protagonist Macbeth for lacking the necessary ferocity to seize the crown. She states, “Thou wouldst be great; / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it [...].” Art Not Without ____ explores multiple thematic concerns of young and necessarily ambitious artists through diverse mediums and imagery. By leaving a fill-in-the-blank space in the title, the exhibit encourages the viewer to evaluate and engage with the works.

Art Not Without ____ is the second exhibition at Amos Eno Gallery curated by Director Hilary R. Whitham, who earned her MA in Art History at the City College of New York (CUNY), and is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition includes new work by members Erik Patton and Jason Rondinelli, along with works by guest artists Michael Blake, Marissa Bluestone, Sarah Crofts, Kate Elliot, ray ferreira, Sophie Beatrice Grant, Kai Margarida-Ramírez, Pfeiffer McNay, Simone Meltesen, Renzo Ortega, Luka Rayski, Becca Jane Rubinfeld, Mark John Smith, Alona Weiss and Matt Whitman.

All work will be for sale. Artists retain seventy percent of sales. The remaining thirty percent supports Amos Eno Gallery’s programming, and our mission to provide a platform for emerging local artists.



Jose-Ricardo Presman: INOCULATE

May 29 – June 22, 2014
Opening reception, Friday, June 6th from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present founding member Jose-Ricardo Presman’s exhibition, INOCULATE. Presman’s latest installation consists of individual drawings and collages representing the flags of all of the 196 nation states currently recognized by the United Nations, divided into groups by continent.

Presman creates a personalized view of these potent symbols through the combination and intervention of his own cross-hatched style of drawing with photocopied images. The title of Presman’s exhibition, INOCULATE, is derived from a recombination of all the vowels in the English language, serving as a parallelism to the installation’s aim to open up and challenge the viewer’s perception and interpretation of symbols such as the flags, as well as the concept of nationalism itself.

Jose-Ricardo Presman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned his BA at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and his MFA at Pratt Institute. In addition to his sustained commitment to Amos Eno, Presman has exhibited his work at various institutions in the United States and Canada, among them Gallery Signal (Montreal, Quebec), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Orange County, CA), ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Nexus Gallery (Philadelphia, PA). Presman’s work is included in both private and public collections.


Walter Zimmerman: Vision / Re-Vision

May 1 - 25, 2014
Closing reception, Friday, May 23rd from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Vision/Re-Vision, the first solo exhibition of member Walter Zimmerman at the gallery. Vision/Re-Vision features both recent and early works, offering an exploration and excavation of some of the themes that have remained the driving force of Zimmerman’s oeuvre, such as materiality, time, process and the idea of history, both personal and collective.

Zimmerman dates the sparking of his passion for art to the autumn of 1963, when his senior high school art class piled into a charter bus for a 20-mile drive to the Carnegie Museum of Art’s ‘block-buster’ exhibit of Vincent van Gogh. Zimmerman recalls stroking one twisting yellow stroke of paint and being surprised that, from just this tiny contact with that writhing energy, he hadn’t been thrown across the room.  Zimmerman brings the same vitality found in Van Gogh’s paintings to his own mixed media sculpture, which seem to pulsate with hidden energy as they hang from the gallery’s ceiling and walls.

Walter Zimmerman served in the US Air Force for four years beginning in 1964, after which he earned his BS at Penn State University focusing on art and theater. Zimmerman earned his MFA, concentrating in Glass Blowing, at the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. From 2003-10, Zimmerman was a full-time Professor of Glass Studies in the Craft Department of the College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited in national exhibitions as well as included in private collections as well as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the Wallace Library Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, among others.