East of Here
January 11 - February 23
“Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What are we waiting for? What awaits us?”–Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope. Artist Emmanuel Osahor explores these questions by investigating constructed natural environments that mirror an edenic tendency to create sanctuary like spaces within nature. He explores the complexities within the concepts of hope and the utopia through the languages of painting and photography. His photographs function as seemingly objective documentations of these constructed spaces, while the paintings shift into poetic interpretations that reveal the tensions in utopic hope through the interplay of concrete and abstract forms.