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Matthew Flores: Sweeping up the Spotlight (For Emmett)--film still

Typos + Spills + Broken Glass

January 10-February 1, 2020

Amos Eno Gallery presents Typos + Spills + Broken Glass, a group exhibition that explores the humorous impact of failure on artistic practice. This call for artists is coordinated by Member Artist Candace Jensen, in cooperation with Guest Curators Melissa Joseph and Emmitt Smith. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 10, from 6-8PM.

Featuring: Malin Abrahamsson, Douglas Breault, Sophie Brenneman, Samantha Connors, Jazmyn Crosby, Yvette Dibos, Courtney Dudley, Ricki Dwyer, Eliza Evans, Anthony Faris, Stephanie Fenner, Celeste Fichter, Matthew Flores, Lauren Fueyo, Wes Hart, Karen Krolak, dani lopez, Chip McCall, Silas McDonough, Cecilia McKinnon, Chelsea Nader, Maisie O'Brien, Ziba Rajabi, Samantha Robinson, Jackie Shatz, Stephan Sieg, Brett Taylor, Kate Testa, Claudia Valenti, and Sixuan Zhu.


Failure is inevitable. Failure is necessary. Failure is funny. Artists fail over and over again in the studio. Sometimes artists hide failure away in dark corners as lurking reminders of our shortcomings. Sometimes failure is lucky and becomes the conduit to new directions/ dimensions. Failure can happen by design or accidentally; either way it makes us aware of something we didn’t know before. We are interested in the knowledge acquired through this process.

Image: Matthew Flores, Sweeping up the Spotlight (For Emmett), film still.


Melissa Joseph is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Gowanus. Her work addresses the phenomenon of being human, how fragile that is, and is dedicated to mending and healing some of the seemingly persistent failure of civic and social infrastructure. Melissa is also the Grants Manager at the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. She earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018. @melissajoseph_art  

Emmitt Smith is a painter and installation artist residing in San Francisco, CA. His work interrogates the legitimacy of visual information systems in a digital world. He uses a variety of media and makes densely layered images and immersive spaces that are heavily influenced by travel ads, maps, Photoshop files and 19th Century American Landscape paintings. His work has been displayed in museums and galleries across the United States and his work is featured in multiple private collections. He is currently the Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor at California College of the Arts. He earned his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2017, and served as a Resident Critic in the MFA program in 2018.

Candace Jensen  is a visual artist, writer, calligrapher and printmaker. She has exhibited work in Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, and Antwerp. Jensen focuses on building and uplifting art and permacultural communities through both her artwork and activism. She is a current artist member at Amos Eno Gallery, where she collaborates as an exhibiting artist and curator. Jensen earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018. She lives and works in Southern Vermont. @artist.cjensen 

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