Eleanna Anagnos (b. 1980, Evanston, IL) is a New York-based artist and curator. Her work explores the nature of human perception and aims to elicit a physiological response where subjectivity, phenomenology, and the conscious act of seeing are addressed. Eleanna has exhibited nationally at: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; The National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL; South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN, and the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, NY, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Maass Gallery at Purchace College. She has shown internationally at 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany; Die Ausstellungsstrasse in Vienna, Austria and at Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, CZ. She has received awards from Yaddo; BAU Institute; The Anderson Ranch, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. Eleanna earned her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art (2005) and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002). She is a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective located in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent curatorial project, debuting the work of Monica Palma, Wish Me Good Luck, was reviewed in the February issue of Art in America. Recently, a profile discussing Eleanna's practice was published in The Coastal Post this March and can be found here.
Somehow, my mother somatizes her emotions. She can physically feel through what she refers to as "heart flutters" and more recently, by choking, when I am troubled, anxious, and confronted with a challenging situation. This feeling she experiences, cuts through space. She feels it in real-time, no matter our positions on the globe. We can be in different continents, in different time zones. She still feels it.
As an artist, living with this unique connection has guided my interest in phenomena outside our definable quotidian experience—the things we feel but we cannot explain. These impressions may evade our common perceptual framework, but they indelibly affect our decisions, emotions, and relationships. Just as a computer’s operating system, or motherboard, runs in the background, and it serves as a platform through which all of our other “programs” are run, even though we are not mindful of it. So to, is our own internal operating system or paradigm. We view the world through a certain lens. The work cuts through existing perceptual frameworks and re-contextualizes them by manipulating the way light and space become form.
photo by Todd Weinstein
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