Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to present the recent work of Enrico Riley in an exhibition titled, "Direct Legacy"
Direct Legacy brings together new and recent paintings that are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle of works that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage. The paintings resist a linear narrative and rather suggest different readings and interpretations based on their proximity to one another.
In a recent statement Riley explains that his most recent works, "are part of an ongoing body of paintings and drawings that explore issues related to lived experiences of black bodies today. Specifically, I am looking at the concept of the black body as having been manipulated into a meta–icon efficient at accepting a variety of stereotypes, misrepresentations and expectations. Infinite Receptors also aims to cast light onto historic and contemporary aspects of the greater human condition and how social manifestations of subjugation are linked to the iconography of race. The work is aimed not at didactic readings of politics or current events but rather at pushing the viewer to think about the deeper consequences of our collective behavior while communicating about the vulnerability and suffering of human beings"
Enrico Riley was born in Waterbury, CT in 1973 and is a Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He currently lives in Norwich, VT. Riley received a BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College and an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art. He 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 Jacobus Family Fellowship through Dartmouth College. He has exhibited work at The American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, The Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts in Roxbury, MA, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Rome, Italy, Rhode Island School of Design Ehp, Rome, Italy, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, Pageant Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, The Painting Center in New York City, SACI School of Art Florence, Italy, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT,Pageant Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Fred Giampietro Gallery is located across the street from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, less than 1 mile from interstate I-91 and Union Railroad Station at 1064 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510. Gallery hours are Tuesday –Friday11am – 4pm and Saturday by chance or appointment. For more information please call the Gallery at (203) 777-7760