The Longest Distance
Irja Bodén and Philip Swan, in collaboration with Malin Abrahamsson
February 6 - March 1, 2020
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of The Longest Distance, the first exhibition to bring together works by gallery artists Irja Bodén and Philip Swan, in collaboration with Malin Abrahamsson. The show will feature ceramics, mixed-media sculptures and paintings on canvas. The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at the gallery’s location at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Irja Bodén works in many media; ceramics are at the core of her work. Presently on exhibit at the Konstmuseet i Norr, Sweden, Amos Eno will host a solo show of her work in September 2020. Irja grew up north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, and received her BFA from the State University of New York in 2006. She is a recipient of several residencies and grants, to include ones from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Her studio is in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Malin Abrahamsson is an inter-disciplinary artist deeply fascinated by material and existential transformation. The recipient of several residencies, grants, and awards, her work has been exhibited in and around New York and abroad. She has completed a number of public commissions, most recently a Percent for Art commission at PS 377Q in Queens, awarded by NYC Department of Culture and Public Art for Public Schools. Born and raised in northern Sweden, Malin received her BFA with an honorable mention from The School of Visual Arts in 1998. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Philip Swan is a self-taught painter who has been showing at Amos Eno since 2018. He has a BA and MSI from the University of Michigan and an MA from the College of William and Mary. He is originally from Michigan and has lived in New York since 1997. His work has been featured in many group shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey and he has an upcoming solo show at Amos Eno Gallery in October 2020.
Image: Philip Swan, 2019 E, 2019, oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches
Deep Green Query
March 5 - 30, 2020
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Deep Green Query, an exhibition of new calligraphic works on paper by Candace Jensen on view March 5 through 30, 2020. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 6, from 5:30-7:30 PM at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY. An Equinox Salon with drinks and conversation with the artist will be held on Thursday, March 19, from 5-7 PM. Additional details TBA.
Jensen uses hand-made inks, herbs, pigments, and gold leaf on paper to create decorated essays and book-arts musings in the tradition of illuminated manuscripts. Her explicit intent is to expand the scope of illumination’s cultural reliquary beyond that of religion and anthropocentrism. In lieu of illuminating archetypal content such as Abrahamic scriptures and humanistic poetry, which centralize human experience and Progress, Jensen’s Gaia Illuminations articulate interdependence and decentralize humanity’s vantage, even human language. The works offer an alternative canon of cyclical and interrelated systems, or Gaia theory, and old myths reinterpreted in gold and ink for new eyes.
Deep Green Query features the artist’s continued investigation into Deep Ecology, and the reconsideration of human spiritual relationships to the earth through critical theory and empathic writing. Deep Ecology, or Deep Green Theory, is an environmental philosophy and social movement based on the belief that humans must radically change their relationship to nature from one that values nature solely for its usefulness to human beings, to one that recognizes that nature has an inherent value outside of the false objectivity of human perspective. Legibility, language, nomenclature, storytelling and symbolic abstraction all figure into Jensen’s playful, yet deadly serious treatment of these complex ideas and ideologies.
Candace Jensen is a visual artist, writer, calligrapher and practicing Tantric. She has exhibited work in Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, and Antwerp. Her artwork has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine, as well as the Royal Academy of the Arts biannual KoMASK Masters Printmaking publication. Jensen focuses on building and uplifting art community and regenerative systems 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, and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2008, also in Philadelphia. She lives and works in Southern Vermont. Deep Green Query is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Image: Candace Jensen, Against the Anthropocene (Gaia Illumination Series) -Words by TJ Demos, 2019. Ink, shellac, gold leaf, graphite, turmeric, gouache and watercolor on Clairefontaine paper. Diptych of (2) 9.5 x 12 inches.