Current Exhibiton:

Gwen Shockey: The Continuation of Life

April 3 - 27, 2014
Opening reception, Friday, April 4th from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present The Continuation of Life, the first solo exhibition of member Gwen Shockey. Utilizing a combination of needlework and drawing on paper, Shockey explores queer eroticism and the pursuit for structure in love and desire using fairy tales, myths and other stories from her childhood as complex templates for moral and bodily etiquette. In The Continuation of Life, Shockey draws attention to specific moments in these tales which serve as her inspiration or what she terms, “temptation, or the point at which a character engages her body in subversive ways for the sake of curiosity or want.” The exhibition’s recurring theme of the heart and the hands is representative of the relationship between the physical body and its actions, while the use of thread and graphite emphasizes the simultaneous tenderness and intensity that accompany our notions and experiences of eroticism.


 
 
Recent Exhibitions:

 

Erik Patton: Metasexuals

March 6 - 29, 2014
Opening reception, Friday, March 7th from 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Metasexuals, the third solo exhibition of member Erik Patton. Patton’s work explores the performance, construction and deconstruction of sex, gender and sexuality with the goal of refuting this triad’s perceived fixity through ambiguity and play. Patton strives to create new beings not constrained by sexual or gender-based identities, termed “metasexuals,” from which the exhibition takes its name.

Metasexuals features several series of Patton’s newest work. Plexi Collages consists of photographs of three dimensional collages the artist creates through projecting images from a database onto friends. These photographs, in turn, are the basis for additional collages and sculptures that can be performed. In Reflections and Asses, Patton boldly explores the ambiguity of male identity through photographic juxtaposition of reflections, pornography, and portraiture. Retail!, consisting of loosely worn and easily exchanged paper wearables, is meant to highlight both the ambiguous space where sex and gender live, and present and subvert the readymade body while also commenting on the consumerism of sex in our culture. Ultimately, Patton’s work speaks to the contemporary collective need to be more open to the complexities of gender sexuality.


PAST/FORWARD

January 30 - March 2, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday, February 7th from 6 to 9 PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present our first exhibition in our new space at The Shops at the Loom, the first of two exhibitions scheduled for 2014 in honor of Amos Eno Gallery’s 40 year anniversary!  PAST/FORWARD explores the tri-partite theme of examining the past, present, and future, as it relates to both individual and collective experiences.  The exhibition features work in a variety of media, from fabric to video to charcoal on paper to ceramic. Gallery Director Hilary R. Whitham, currently completing her MA thesis at the City College of New York, CUNY, is curating the exhibition.  PAST/FORWARD includes a preview of new work by current gallery members Susan Camp, Samantha Jones, Walter Zimmerman, Sun Young Seo, and Gwen Shockey; along with works by Brooklyn-based guest artists Luciano Crossa, Sara Sciabbarrasi, Laolu Senbanjo, Soyeon Shin, Ian Trask, Megan Wallner, and Matt Whitman.


Lucy Wilner: Life on Earth

November 22 - December 22, 2013
Opening reception, Thursday, December 5, 6 to 9PM

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Life on Earth, a solo exhibition of one of Amos Eno Gallery’s newest members, Lucy Wilner. In these acrylic paintings Wilner invents virtual worlds, which spontaneously emerge from the interaction of minimal sets of representative objects, creatures, and environments. Each image inevitably suggests associations and oppositions, populating the cosmos of the canvas with ghostly companions.

Wilner’s is a multi-step process, beginning with the creation of sets incorporating objects and photographs, which may be warped or digitally manipulated. She utilizes a combination of transfer, direct observation, and traditional painting techniques in her works. In this way, multiple perspectives overlap, collapse, and coexist within a world that is perceptually familiar yet enlarged by new possibilities.

Wilner earned her BFA at the University of Chicago and her MFA at the University of Washington. Her work has been shown extensively in both group and solo shows across the United States including venues such as Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg, Woodward Gallery on the Lower East Side and Fountain Art Fair in Manhattan. Her work is included in both private and public collections, such as The Seattle Art Museum, among others. Wilner lives and works in Brooklyn.