Sep 9–Oct 21, 2017
Simone Kearney (21), Pie Hole: New Works by Simone Kearney
Lighthouse Works is pleased to present Pie Hole: New Works by Simone Kearney, the third show this year in the Legacy Exhibition Series.Pie Hole is a meditation on the dinner table as a site of gathering and exchange. Often this overlooked daily ritual of dinner becomes a stage where much of our lives play out, a site for both communication and consumption. By installing three “tables” in the gallery, Kearney invites the viewer to join her for dinner. Monstrous ceramic utensils are both intimidating and humorous, while the empty tables seem lonely, perpetually waiting for the other guests to arrive. In addition to ceramics, Pie Hole features a series of aquatint and dry point prints. Here Kearney uses the shape of a circle to represent a form which might either be full or empty. This duality of the circle also represents presence and absence, and with this one cannot help but think of how the circle represents time, the start or finish of a dinner party, a mouth eating or talking, even the beginning or end of an eclipse.
The Legacy Program, at Lighthouse Works, seeks to create opportunities for our past fellows to re-engage with our community through an exhibition and reading series hosted at the gallery in the Annex.
Simone Kearney is the author of My Ida (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming 2017) and In Threes, a limited edition artist chapbook (Minute BOOKS, 2013). She was a 2014 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and a 2010 recipient of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College and an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies at the Lighthouse Works, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild, and Ragdale. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and Ramapo college.