Bridgette Mayer Gallery announces a solo exhibition by gallery artist Eileen Neff. Traveling into View will be on view from March 4 – April 18, 2015, with an opening reception Friday, March 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
PHILADELPHIA - Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition by Eileen Neff. Traveling into View will feature new photographic and mixed-media works drawn from a recent artist residency in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. Neff’s response to this unfamiliar landscape is embracing in its scope, moving from confounding abstract reflections to her own photographic taxonomy of tropical leaves, proposing a kind of portrait gallery where each leaf is celebrated for the remarkable individual that it is. Within the mix, she offers an imagined night, a place where a white horse walks alone and the leaves themselves transform to suggest the mountain ridges where they grow. And all the while, Neff stays close to her underlying concerns, engaging ideas of representation and display within the complex conversation we expect from this artist. A catalogue with an essay by Nathaniel Stein will accompany the exhibition.
Eileen Neff lives and works in Philadelphia. She received a BA in English Literature from Temple University [Philadelphia, PA], a BFA in Painting from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and her MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University [Philadelphia, PA]. She has had recent solo shows at Bruce Silverstein Gallery [New York, NY], Locks Gallery [Philadelphia, PA], The Royal Hibernian Academy [Dublin, Ireland], the Weatherspoon Art Museum [Greensboro, NC], and the Institute of Contemporary Art [Philadelphia, PA]. Her work is held by numerous important collections, both public and private, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art [Philadelphia, PA], the Hood Museum of Art [Hanover, NH], The Fabric Workshop and Museum [Philadelphia, PA], and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [Philadelphia, PA], among others. She is the recipient of many awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Leeway Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.