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Opening Reception on Feb. 2, 2019, 5—8 p.m. Artist Talk at 6 p.m.
Jenkins Johnson Projects, 207 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Jenkins Johnson Projects is pleased to present Enrico Riley’s solo exhibition, New World. The paintings are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage within a spatial domain.
Enrico Riley challenges viewers to decipher and contextualize his work’s fractured narratives. For many Americans, exposure to the plethora of recent media examples of reflexive violence perpetrated on African-Americans has blurred the boundaries between the historical record with which our country is so familiar and the problems still facing contemporary culture today.
From this epicenter of misfortune and violence, Riley is using the medium of painting as a method for remembering and reflecting upon grief, but also as a means to investigate the linkages between the old world and new, to not just recycle the old stories but also to seek paths for forging new narratives.
Riley is currently a Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Riley is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Rome Prize in Visual Arts, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize in Painting, and a Phillip Morris Fellowship. His works have been exhibited at institutions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH; The Painting Center, New York; and the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Roxbury, MA. He has a MFA in painting at the Yale School of Art and a BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College.