May 13 - June 26, 2016
It has been a dramatic time at Art House recently. The facility suffered significant damage following a raining flood from burst pipes in the upper floors of our building. The theatre, the offices and gallery were all engulfed. The resulting damage was devastating—valuable theatre equipment beyond repair; walls, floors, ceilings all in need of repair or replacement. The one miraculous event we can claim is that the exhibition installed in the gallery at the time, just days away from an opening celebration, was spared harm. The staff worked swiftly to move the artwork to a secure location. Once that was achieved, Founder and Executive Director of Art House, Christine Goodman, noticed an eerie vestige... the grey lettering on the gal- lery wall that spelled the title of the exhibition: Vanishing Point. In that moment, it did indeed seem as though everything had just vanished. It was a sorrowful declaration.
Since then there have been fundraisers and repairs. All the while Art House programming has continued. The exhibition Vanishing Point found a home at the former Jersey City Museum. The Art House STAGES! Youth Company presented their latest production at The Landmark Loews. In Full Color, an evening of monologues, poetry and song continued its run, as well as numerous other Art House programs and events. Now, we are back in the gallery with our latest exhibition.
Ecco Domus features the work of artists whose interests deal with the built environment. Coming in the form of architecture or furniture, the artists of Ecco Domus use the created space of our habitats as fodder for their conceptual visions. Conceived and curated by our guest curator Enrico Gomez, Ecco Domus not only continues our visual art program at Art House, it also reminds us of how precious and tentative having a place to call home can be.
In addition to his curatorial work Enrico Gomez is an artist and art critic. He is the monthly art critic for WAGMAG Brooklyn Art Guide and a contributing writer for esse: art + opinions. He has been featured in The New Criterion, The New York Times and Hyperallergic among other publications and has shown at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, The Painting Center, New York, NY, Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn NY, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY, Momenta Art,
Brooklyn, NY and many others. He was co-founder of both the former Parallel Art Space in Queens and Camel Art Space in Brooklyn. He is the Founder and Director of The Dorado Project, an artist-run project space and contemporary art compendium based in New York and North New Jersey.
The strengths and vulnerabilities of the structures we occupy for work and play, in solitude and in community is something weâ€™re sensitive to at this moment in the history of Art House. Ecco Domus is an opportunity to consider our built environment through a range of media, art practices and points of view. For ourselves, and on behalf of Art House, we're honored to present this fascinating exhibition and inquiry. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Enrico Gomez, The Dorado Project and the artists of Ecco Domus for all they've done to make this special collaboration possible.