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.