Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Brock Enright employs familiar processes to create works based on anarchic, violent, or occult phenomena. The artist’s work has taken many forms, using disparate materials for aesthetic ends in paintings, immersive installations, and objects. His works have incorporated biodegradable items (fruit, Ritz crackers, Doritos chips), with traditional media, like oil paint on fabric, or pastel on paper, mounted on board. Enright has also worked with paper as a substrate for drawings that imitate industrial materials (such as iron pigment to approximate a metal throwing star). Brock Enright’s work walks a line between the innocent and immoral, between spirituality and commodity, surface beauty and a seedy underbelly. These sentiments are echoed in his 2015 paper variable of Ouija Boards–a hand-crafted version of a mass market product. The Ouija Board, invented in the late 19th century as a parlor game, has a reputation as an occult means of communication between the living and the dead, while at the same time is a staple of grade school sleepovers and sold in toy stores. Speaking to the works’ charged uncertainty, the artist has said, “Ouija boards to me can be fun and scary, or at least their reputation can be. I use the image as a concept of belief hoping to raise questions to re-examine existence of things, thoughts, and us, "humans."
Enright has held solo shows at Kate Werble Gallery in New York, White Flag Projects in St. Louis, and Vilma Gold Gallery in London. His work has been exhibited at venues including MoMA PS1, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Royal Academy of Art in London. Enright is the subject of a 2009 feature length documentary titled "Good Times Will Never Be The Same."
Courtesy of Dieu Donné