Solo Exhibition 2018
Space 776 is proud to present “Deep in the Knowing,” a solo exhibition by Kerri Ammirata.
Kerri Ammirata creates sculptural paintings that explore the complexities between the mundane and the sacred. In her newest body of work, she deconstructs the iconography and ritual between Catholicism, Christianity, and American secular spiritualism.
Working with woodcarving and woodblock printing techniques, Ammirata creates her own symbolic language through the combination of grids, mapping tools, astrology, constellations, scripture, snakes, megaliths (i.e. dolmens, passage tombs), petroglyphs, and graveyards. The painted wood objects are installed together as movable parts in an unfixed installation where each surface is carved and shaped by hand, adding ritual and history to each piece.
In the piece Home Altar, she expands on the idea of building and creating a space for energy, spiritualism, and domesticity without the weight of permanence — an altar built to no one or no god. Women for centuries have been relegated to the home, restricted from the male-determined, high-religious spaces, but here Ammirata builds a space she is allowed to be in.
The exhibition will be on view from Sept 7 - Sept 16. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 7 from 6 - 10 pm. Gallery hours are Thursday thru Sunday from 12 - 6 pm or by appointment.
Kerri Ammirata is a Queens-based artist born in Long Island and partly raised in the Midwest. She earned her MFA from Boston University in 2010 and a BA from Anderson University in 2006.