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Amze Emmons and Kevin Haas . Disintegration and Sprawl

Christina Ray
30 Grand Street, Ground Floor, 212 334 0204
October 6 - October 30, 2011
Reception: Thursday, October 6, 7 - 9 PM
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CHRISTINA RAY is pleased to present Disintegration and Sprawl, a collection of paintings and print-based works on paper by Philadelphia artist Amze Emmons and Washington state artist Kevin Haas. Embarking on a visual road trip, the artists explore relics of industrial cities remixed as imaginative landscapes. The exhibition opens on October 6th and runs through October 30th. A reception will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 7–9pm at CHRISTINA RAY, located at 30 Grand Street, New York.

Emmons and Haas arrive with the daunting question of how ruins from a post-modern/late-capitalist society could adapt to a new era of resourcefulness and sustainability. The spatial dislocation of communities resulting from weather and political disasters as well as suburban sprawl is of major concern to both artists. Abandoned terrain is reclaimed by Haas’ weblike network of street signs while Emmons finds refuge in scattered rubble and debris. Haas’ softly layered, monochromatic lithographs are calming despite their desolate depiction of towering billboards. Emmons brings a disarmingly playful and colorful vibrancy to urban wastelands.
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