Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Trestletown, 10th and Hamilton 10th Floor, 2012
acrylic on linen
36 x 48 inches

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Animal Thirst, 2012
egg tempera on gessoed panel
24 x 24 inches

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Trestletown, 13th and Noble, 2012
acrylic on linen
48 x 36 inches

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Studio 2013, 2013
egg tempera on wood
36 x 48 inches

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Trestletown, North from Goldtex, 2013
egg tempera on wood
36 x 48 inches
Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown

Twilight, 2012
egg tempera on gessoed panel, diptych
20 1/2 x 36 inches

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

Winter Wildlife, 2011
acrylic on linen
48 x 24 inches
Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Sarah McEneaney Trestletown Locks Gallery

West Poplar, 2013
egg tempera on wood
36 x 48 inches

Sarah McEneaney Locks Gallery

SP Studio, 2013
egg tempera on wood
20 1/2 x 18 inches
Collection of the Hood Museum of Art

 

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of seventeen new and recent paintings and drawings by Philadelphia artist Sarah McEneaney. Trestletown will be on view October 18th through November 23rd, 2013. There will be a reception for the artist on November 1st, from 5:30–7:30 pm.

Trestletown, also known as the Eraserhood, Chinatown North, or Callowhill, is the artist’s longtime neighborhood. Central to the to this post-industrial landscape is an abandoned elevated rail line that was in use from 1891-1984. McEneaney depicts her home and neighborhood with intimate scenes that rely on personal narrative and occasionally fantasy. In the painting Future Vine Street, she imagines a bridge connecting the neighborhood to Chinatown and Center City, where the rail line now abruptly ends.

Aerial skyline views, each from a distinct vantage point over the trestle, have a special poignancy for the artist; McEneaney is a co-founder of the Reading Viaduct Project—dedicated to the reuse of the elevated structure as Philadelphia’s next great public space. Echoing Joel Sternfeld’s Walking the High Line project and other preservation efforts spearheaded by artists, Trestletown celebrates the poetics of life in the urban landscape while galvanizing efforts for community revitalization.

Many of the paintings are egg tempera on panel, a technique the artist has worked with extensively throughout her career. Autobiographical subjects have been continuous themes in the artist’s work. Curator Ingrid Schaffner noted in 2004 that McEneaney’s paintings expand a personal viewpoint into a “cultural tale” that represents the essence of contemporary practice. Schaffner described the paintings as “an art history that transforms McEneaney’s art from being a limited act of circumscription, into a relevant contemporary practice. What could be more engaging, within a post-modern and contemporary global art world, than attempting to find newly inclusive, if not simply different ways of telling the story of art itself?”

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November 18, 2013

"Sarah McEneaney, Trestletown” by Daniel Gerwin