Amze Emmons


Contact Information

chimpamze@mac.com

http://www.amzeemmons.com/

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Installation

Drawing/Painting

Printmaking

Artist's Biography

Amze Emmons is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Born in rural upstate New York, he received a BFA Ohio Wesleyan University. He went on to receive his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. His work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Currently, he teaches art at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Prior to that he taught art at Muhlenberg College, the University of Iowa and the University of Vermont.

Artist's Statement

POINT OF DEPARTURE
We live in a world of flux and migration. Over thirty million people are currently displaced and that only includes the ones who were forced from their homes by strife. If one were to expand the view to include the ongoing rural-to-urban migrations, as well as the non-permanent forms of migration (the mobilization from seasonal employment, long distance commuters, global trade, troop deployment, and relief workers), it becomes apparent that we live in a world where the local has been replaced by the mobile. The ability to be anywhere in the world in a few hours is collapsing our idea of place and community. With greater frequency our relationships and worldviews are mediated by virtual moments, 24-hour scrolling news, and flight patterns. This nomad consciousness contributes to the sense of transience and dislocation that is common in our global age.

PRACTICE • PROCESS
My studio practice is built on systems of research; everyday I scan the media-scape for cues, images or phrases that hint at these deeper narratives. In making I engage in hybrid methods, working at the point where drawing, print and painting intersect. The images have a sense of minimal realism that is inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, old signs, graffiti, graffiti removal, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, instructional manuals and cinematic space/time.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2013
Informal City: Amze Emmons, Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Amze Emmons: Recent Works on Paper, Brodsky Gallery, Kelley Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Field Office, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA

World Headquarters, The Painted Bride Art Center, Inliquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Mistaken Advances, Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
The Opposite of Romance, Gallery Katz, Boston, MA

2006
Self Storage, Scuola Internationale Di Graphica, Venice, Italy

Two-Person
2011
Disintegration & Sprawl: New work by Amze Emmons & Kevin Haas, Kesting/Ray Gallery, New York, NY

2009
Interrupted Lives: Human Migration in War and Peace, The Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD

Group
2013
Paper Space, Duke Gallery, Wallingford, PA
Curator: Ron Rumford

Collection, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Beth Heinly and Andrew Suggs

2012
Beginning, Beginnings Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Invitational

America Now, McColl Center for the Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC
Invitational

Not the Usual Politics, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME
Invitational

Pattern Language, Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2011
Fountain Art Fair, Miami, FL, represented by Kesting/Ray Gallery
Invitational

Seaworthy, EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Invitational

Printer’s Proof, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY
Invitational

Fourth Estate, New Editions, The Wild Project, New York, NY
Invitational

2010
Philadelphia Flight, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
Invitational

On The Rise, The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Boat Show, OH Projects, Boston, MA
Invitational

The Figure and Space, an intimate Relationship, Gallery Ami & Kanoko, Osaka, Japan
Invitational

The Extra Dimensional Print Invitational, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Mark/Remarque: A Collaborative Portfolio, The Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

IFPDA Print Fair, New York, NY, represented by Works on Paper Gallery
Invitational

Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, NY, represented by Forth Estate and The Philadelphia Print Center
Invitational

2009
The American Scene, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Invitational

Intaglio-a-go-go: Etching Moves Forward, The Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

IFPDA Print Fair, New York, NY, represented by Works on Paper Gallery
Invitational

2008
INK MIAMI, Miami, FL, represented by Works on Paper gallery
Invitational

Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, NY, represented by The Philadelphia Print Center
Invitational

Gallery Artists, Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2008 Miami University Young Painters Competition, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Miami, OH
Juried Exhibition

2007
51st Annual National Juried Print Exhibition, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Voxxoxo, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Collections

Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT
Bradley University, Cullum-Davis Library Collection,Peoria, IL
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Iowa City Library Collection, Iowa City, Iowa
New York Public Library Print Collection, New York, NY
Ohio Wesleyan University, University Permanent Collection, Delaware, OH
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Southern Graphics Council, Print Collection and Archive
University of Mississippi Museum, MS
Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History Collection, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa, Printmaking Department Permanent Collection, IA
University of Southern Indiana, Art Department, Ellensville, IN