There are enormous gaps between what we know and what we think we know. Art creates a paradigm shift, where a viewer comes to the work with a lot of assumptions about what they think they are seeing and then the work offers something outside of those assumptions: a new way of seeing, thinking and being. In Eleanna’s work, she highlights these assumptions by creating perceptual shifts through investigations of materiality. Using Hydrocal and paper pulp, her works sits at the cusp between painting and sculpture.. Ambiguous in form and substrate they are hard to locate in time and the subtle perceptual shifts in the work make them hard to place in space. They simultaneously retain a visceral presence. Eleanna grapples with concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time and space. In her work she bridges the gap between the corporeal and intangible.
Eleanna Anagnos is a New York-based artist and curator. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and was included in this year's BRIC Biennial in Brooklyn, NY. Anagnos is currently the 2018-2019 Grant Wood Fellow in Painting. Other awards include: The Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019), Yaddo (2017), BAU Institute (2016, The Anderson Ranch (2011), The Atlantic Center for the Arts (2009), and The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2011, 2009). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artsy, and Artnet, among others. Anagnos has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective located in Brooklyn, NY, since 2014. Her curatorial projects have been featured in the New York Times, Art in America, and the New York Observer. 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).