Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present “ANEW”, a two-
person exhibition featuring work by Erin M. Riley and Lucien
Shapiro. Examining themes of ritual and addiction, both artists
set forth a dialog constructed through personal narrative and
Based in Brooklyn, Erin M. Riley transforms found imagery from
the Internet into meticulous hand-woven tapestries. The artist
meditates on subjects often considered taboo. From sexually
explicit iPhone screenshots to a neatly organized row of used
tampons, the Riley’s pursuit of challenging content allows for
self-contemplation and opens up a greater discourse surrounding
current social issues. For “ANEW”, the artist focuses her
weavings around various objects, often those specifically
associated with womanhood. Riley elaborates further on the
subject: “There is so much about being a woman that is hidden.
We are meant to be clean, precious and virginal, and yet there
are bodily functions that are off limits... I want to face the
daily objects that so many women use, but so many women hide.
The more comfortable we are around certain things, the less they
can be used against us.”
Lucien Shapiro’s practice expands from an impulsive drive to
collect and recontextualize found materials. Living and working
in the San Francisco Bay Area, the artist gathers items from his
surroundings and fashions newborn relics in the form of masks,
vessels and weapons. Shapiro’s work references a cycle of
dependency and habit, often consisting of bottle caps, broken
glass and drug paraphernalia. For “ANEW”, the artist will be
debuting his latest series of sculptures, accompanied by a film,
derived from the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no
evil, speak no evil.” Aligned with Riley’s textiles, Shapiro’s
new work stems from repetition and self-reflection, addressing a
loss of the senses that can only be regained through a
ritualistic journey in search of resolve.
Please join us for “ANEW”, opening Thursday, March 3, with an evening
reception from 6pm - 10pm, where the artists will be in attendance.
The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, March 26.