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. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artnet, and The New York Observer, among others and her curatorial project Wish Me Good Luck, was reviewed in Art in America. Recent solo exhibitions include: The EWING Gallery of Art and Architecture in Knoxville, TN (2018) and Kent School Place, Summit, NJ (2018). Nationally she has shown at: High Noon Gallery, NYC (2017); dOGUMENTA, NYC (2017); SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC (2017); South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN (2011); The National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL (2009), among many others. International exhibitions include: 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany (2014); Die Ausstellungsstrasse in Vienna, Austria (2012) and at Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, CZ (2009). She has received awards from The Rauschenberg Foundation (2019)Yaddo (2017); BAU Institute (2016); The Anderson Ranch (2011), The Atlantic Center for the Arts (2009) and The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2011,2009). Eleanna has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective located in Brooklyn, NY, since 2014. She 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). A profile discussing Eleanna's practice was published in The Coastal Post and can be found here.
Years ago, the great Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spoke about a work of poetry when he said that it “sat at the seams of definable experience”. That struck a chord with me then, and continues to, because it is precisely what I do in my own work. I occupy a space in the work that cannot be explained within our current paradigm. Here’s a personal example: When I experience something psychologically intense, my mother literally experiences it bodily, physically, in real time, no matter our positions on the globe. While my work is not about my mother or our relationship, as an artist, living with this unique connection has guided my interest in space and phenomena outside our definable everyday experience—the things we feel but we cannot explain. I’m interested in the unconscious way we experience life.
photo by Todd Weinstein
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