Erica Wessmann: HUNGER
Center Gallery
March 5 – March 30, 2014

BOSTON, MA Kingston Gallery is pleased to present guest artist Erica Wessmann’s exhibit, HUNGER, in its Center Gallery from March 5 - March 30, 2014. A reception for the public will be held in the gallery on Friday, March 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Through a series of sculptural works, Wessmann takes us on a journey through the streets of New York City drawing out an imbedded history of violence, classicism, AIDS and our deep- seated cultural alienation of the body. The shape and content of the artist ’s work could be expressed in an analogous literary image:

A woman is dragged for twelve blocks up 6th Avenue - Avenue of the Americas - it is an accident, a flat-bed. Ambulances arrive. People gather. White curtains are hung from white retractable columns to shield the scene - banners strung across the landscape. Cleanup crew protected head to toe power wash the asphalt.

New York City in the late 80's and early 90's was a time when reality included the atrocious suffering and humiliation, frequent and daily passings of loved ones, friends, acquaintances and strangers. The urban landscape was twisted by fear and fantasy of easy contagion, generating distinctions between assumed carriers of AIDS (sexual deviants, reckless drug addicts and essentially the poor) and those considered the innocent "general public." Eventually, with improved and wider access to drugs, those living with AIDS in the United States were absolved as a new quantifiable credit-card-carrying demographic.

A man shoots his former co-worker outside of the Empire State Building. Cinematic, a story of rivalry and revenge. He is shot down. Briefcase in hand, neatly tailored suit, shining cameras.


Erica Wessmann lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2007, and is excited to be showing in her hometown Boston. Her work can be seen at www.ericawessmann.com.

BOSTON, MA Kingston Gallery is pleased to present guest artist Erica Wessmann’s exhibit, HUNGER, in its Center Gallery from March 5 - March 30, 2014. A reception for the public will be held in the gallery on Friday, March 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Kingston Gallery is an artist-run alternative space founded in 1982. The gallery is committed to showing work by emerging and established artists, hosting one-person and group exhibitions by gallery members as well as offering opportunities for non-members via its Center Gallery. The gallery is located in Boston's historic South End between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street in the vibrant SoWA gallery district.

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