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Amos Eno Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is pleased to present Tradition Holders & Storytellers, a group exhibition of seven artists with studios at 56 Bogart. An opening reception will take place at the gallery's Bushwick location on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will also be on view virtually through the gallery’s Artsy profile.

Tradition Holders & Storytellers features work from Marie Heléne Boone, Peter Calvin, Xinran Guan, Blake Nelson, Eileen Weitzman, Mike White, and Daxian Zhao.


Xinran Guan, Crowned Egg of Daybreak.

Oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches.

“These small paintings are like my diary, documenting my life, interest and frustration. In their modest dimensions, these paintings compose an anthology of fleeting moments, emotions and inspirations, along with endless tales in the terra incognita with their own narrative. To me, each of these paintings is an energy, a love letter unto itself, unfurling a universe that oscillates between reality and imagination, intertwining dreams and memories in vibrant colors and subtle textures. They craft a sanctuary where whimsy and introspection dance harmoniously, constructing a world that is both poetic and deeply personal.”

Daxian Zhao, Symphony of the Night.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

“This painting navigates the blurred intersection of reality and fantasy, depicting illogical scenarios that often reside in the realm of imagination or manifest under unique conditions. The use of luminous light in the artwork originated from my contemplation during nighttime reworks, sparking a fascination with exploring light dynamics. These radiant lights introduce an unexpected beauty, infusing an element of mystery from nature and the universe, creating a feeling of hope, mystery, and surprise within the dark space. The presence of tiny, glowing fireflies in this painting adds a touch of magic and nostalgia, symbolizing the transient nature of beauty sought through natural luminosity. The juxtaposition of rain in the compositions contributes to a layered narrative, encouraging viewers to explore emotional and visual complexities. The painting initially titled Forrest's Whisper, the choice of plants represents growth, resilience, or fragility.”


Peter Calvin, My Creek - AutoBio Series.
Mixed on raw canvas, 60 x 60 x 1.5 inches.

“The current work is about Color Chemistry, Flow, Rhythm, Landscape, Dance, Music, and Touch (both emotional and physical). The work is meant to create a long gaze slowly revealing itself in you. It is Slow-gaze art. The work at times is also heavily fused with environmental concerns, lying below the surface of beauty."

Marie Heléne Boone, Right Hand.
Carbon steel, flower petals, utility glove, 3 x 9 x 5 inches.

"I use sculpture as a medium to tell stories whether through using specific techniques that transform or age materials like steel, or through the use of emblematic lore. Often I work with scrap metals — where the materials carry previous histories before they arrive to me. Once I receive it, it’s forged into new shapes and forms. This piece was made during a season of grief in 2023, when I was overcoming an unexpected loss. It was made by attaching surreal elements of exotic flower petals to a worldly and industrial utility glove. On the fingers of the glove are carbon steel shells. The materials cover the utility gloves like scales."


Mike White, Self Portrait and Portrait of Julia (Under Pressure no. 3).

Bronze, Steel, Central Beam from My Burned Down Home / Studio in Providence, 72” x 24” x 24” (x2).

"In January of 2020, my house/studio in Providence caught fire. My partner offered for me to stay with her as I spent the next 9 months repairing the building and making a series of works from the debris of there considering home, labor and the impact the fire had on us. This work examines the pressure inflicted on a couple by a disparity in housing stability. Made from the burned central beam of my old home, the wires that started the initial electrical fire run through both figures. I kept all of the nails in the wood, as they were a byproduct of the labor that built the house, however, they also reference Congolese Nkisi Nkonde figures, in which a nail was driven into a wooden statue to symbolize a conflict that had been resolved within a community."


Eileen Weitzman, Giving HIM a piece of her mind.
Fabric, acrylic, wire, found objects, 11 x 9 x 13 inches.

"I make mostly soft sculptures and thickly textured paintings with extras. Using as many colors and patterns as I can put together these figurative/abstract pieces assert their strong presence in the world. While they make a political or social comment with humor, I’m most concerned that they look visually appealing. I love to illustrate cliches humorously. The female figure in front is dragging a cart containing her cerebrum. It is about to be delivered to HIM."

Blake Nelson, Karina.
Black and White Medium Format Film, 13 x 13 inches.

“I am a second generation Polish-American photographer. The only reason I am here is because my Grandmother Marjorie walked for months by foot, eating only grass and what the tundra of Poland provided her. Amongst that journey she kept safe, a ring. A ring, 40 years later with which her son would ask his love to spend the rest of their lives together. A ring with which I have done the same. My father Mark was that son, my mother Jane that lover. My love, Lauren, the owner of that symbol today. What we survivors always remember is that when life dare bear something beautiful, you cherish and you share it. [In this photo], ,y cousin and her child, now born, represent an everlasting future for our fortunate family. Also a chance to do something distinguished and yet bizarre in the midst of what felt like a pregnancy for us both. The result? Beautiful baby Lev and this image which we will always look back on fondly.”

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