grayDUCK Gallery presents Amze Emmons: "Momentarily" & Yoonmi Nam: "Arranged Flowers" opening reception
Amze Emmons' studio practice is built on systems of research. For the past several years, he has actively noticed certain kinds of visual phenomena throughout Philadelphia, such as portable and ephemeral building structures, improvised street furniture, and informal sites of exchange that tell a story of local agency, adaptation, and community. When he travels in other cities, he inevitably discovers parallel phenomena. While sorting his catalog of images into typologies, he perceived a consistent improvised aesthetic that revealed a narrative of shared perseverance in the face of uncertainty and hardship. In cataloging these repeating patterns in our daily world, he found the informal temporary structures and ingenious vernacular designs to be evidence of a community determined to survive in the face of system collapse.
Yoonmi Nam's work considers the space where transience and permanence coexist. In the on-going drawings and prints, she used images of man-made environments and objects, and cut flower arrangements as metaphors to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and eternal.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display through February 24.