Current Exhibiton:

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.


 
 
Recent Exhibitions:

 

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.


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.