August 2007, Philadelphia, PA - Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Philadelphia artist, Eileen Neff. The exhibition coincides with a major presentation of the last 10 years of her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. The ICA exhibit will be accompanied by a catalog with an essay by Jeremy Sigler and will travel to the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland in 2009.
Using the camera, the computer, and the space of the studio, Eileen Neff poetically reconstructs moments experienced outside of it. Clouds move from outdoors to in. Windows appear as apertures onto completely other places. The landscape doubles but does not mirror itself. A blur of motion is bifurcated by one strangely still tree. These arresting images show how unfamiliar the world can be. To cut these moments out of the flow of events and images that daily surround us, Neff uses the camera like scissors.
This is Eileen Neff’s third solo exhibition at Locks Gallery. Her work has been previously exhibited at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Artist Space in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art among others. She is the recipient of numerous commissions and awards including fellowships from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She is currently an adjunct professor in the MFA program in Painting at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, a Graduate Seminar instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a Senior Critic in the Graduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania.