Pie Hole
new work from Simone Kearney

On View:
September 9 to October 21, 2017

Gallery Hours:
W-F: 10 to 4:45
and anytime by appointment

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Lighthouse Works is pleased to present Pie Hole: New Works by Simone Kearney, the third show this year in the Legacy Exhibition Series.

Pie Hole is a meditation on the dinner table as a site of gathering and exchange. Often this overlooked daily ritual of dinner becomes a stage where much of our lives play out, a site for both communication and consumption. By installing three “tables” in the gallery, Kearney invites the viewer to join her for dinner. Monstrous ceramic utensils are both intimidating and humorous, while the empty tables seem lonely, perpetually waiting for the other guests to arrive.

On one of the wooden tables sits a pool of grey ceramic food. This piece called “All Bodies Eat” is a sampling of what someone might eat over a given period of time. Kearney is concerned not so much with accuracy or veracity of representation, as she is with gesturing towards the fact of accumulation. The heap of food here is a testament to our constant need for sustenance, also revealing our constant state of being incomplete. By glazing this mound in a uniform thick grey, this food becomes a monument to the human necessity for both physical and emotional nourishment.

In addition to ceramics, Pie Hole features a series of aquatint and dry point prints. Here Kearney uses the shape of a circle to represent a form which might either be full or empty. This duality of the circle also represents presence and absence. And with this one cannot help but think of how the circle represents time, the start or finish of a dinner party, a mouth eating or talking, even the beginning or end of an eclipse.

Simone Kearney (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1984) is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist. She received an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2016) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College (2010). She been awarded residencies at The Lighthouse Works, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild and Ragdale. Exhibitions, performances, and poetry readings include the Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Kunsthalle Galapagos (Brooklyn, NY), St. Anne’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY), and the Penthouse Gallery (Baltimore, MD). She has been awarded a NYFA Grant in Poetry (2014) and a Hoffberger Scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2014-16). Her chapbook, “My Ida,” will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse this October. She teaches at Parsons School for Design and Rutgers University.




The Legacy Exhibition Series seeks to create opportunities for our past fellows to re-engage with our community through an exhibition and reading series hosted at the gallery in the Annex.

Past Exhibitions

Zoe Nelson
New work from Zoe Nelson
July 15 to August 26, 2017

Hahn & Hertz
new work from Heidi Hahn and Dmitri Hertz
May 28 to July 8, 2017

Rose Marcus and Jennifer Sullivan
A Public Space, Fishers Island, NY
September 4 to October 8, 2016

David Whelan
A Public Space, Fishers Island, NY
August 15 to August 27, 2016

Wilder Alison
A Public Space, Fishers Island, NY
July 28 to August 11, 2016

Matthew Fischer
Corner Apartment
A Public Space, Fishers Island, NY
June 30 to July 14, 2016