January’s Gallery Exhibition: In The Palm of Your Hand

At around 2500 square feet with 16-foot ceilings, the physical space of EMP is undoubtedly a character in and of itself. Curator Sara Barnes recently tangoed with EMP, taking in the potential of its vast space.  In playful response to the space, she created In the Palm of Your Hand, a group show of miniature works.

In the Palm of Your Hand debuts on Friday, January 10, from 7-10PM

You’re invited to interact with space in new ways. Change your center of gravity, bend, stoop, crawl, peer, maybe even squint.  The objects in In the Palm of Your Hand are at once nostalgic and alien. Like giants in a dollhouse, you are transported into a realm that is simultaneously familiar and awkwardly foreign.


Leah Goren
Leah Goren is an illustrator and surface pattern designer living in Brooklyn, NY with her curly-haired cat. She graduated in 2012 from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration.

Gregory Euclide
Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley. His work has been featured in Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at MASS MoCA (2008-2009), Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2011), Small Worlds at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio (2011), and was recently on view in the solo exhibitionNature Out There, at the Nevada Museum of Art (2012). Euclide’s work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as: Art News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Ltd Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine and Juxtapoz Magazine. His work is also featured on the 2012 Grammy Award winning album covers of the musical group Bon Iver and on the cover of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #43. Euclide was awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011-12 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. Euclide received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Amy Santoferraro
Amy Santoferraro, Assistant Professor of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, was born in Akron, Ohio. She received her M.F.A in Ceramic Art from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York in 2012. Amy earned her B.A.E (Art Education) and her B.F.A (Ceramics) from The Ohio State University In 2004. While at Ohio State, Amy was an apprentice and Undergraduate Research Scholar. Amy has been a Summer Resident and Studio Manger at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. She spent a year at Louisiana State University as a Special Student and employee of Southern Pottery Equipment and Supplies. Amy was a Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, In Gatlinburg Tennessee and a four year Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amy has taught hand building, and mold making to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Amy’s work is exhibited and housed in permanent and private collections nationally and internationally.


Established in 2011 by Stefan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK), PUTPUT is an interdisciplinary artist collective perched at the intersection where contemporary photography, sculpture and design meet. Seeking to occupy the space between input and output PUTPUT explores the duality of objects and situations associated with everyday life, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and attempting to capture the previously unseen. Perception and recognizability are challenged through distinctly staged scenarios and tableaus that underline a metaphysical relationship to the material world, thus creating a new transcendent logic where images become the manifestation of ideas. The highly stylized visual universe has clear references to Pop Art, surrealism and reinterprets classical genres such as still life through a contemporary lens. With a focus on causing a visual double take, subtle connections are build between idea, meaning, expression and artifact. PUTPUT reconfigures, re-invents and questions the purpose, context and expression of objects and situations by engaging in a visual dialogue and interrogation with the subject. An artistic practice based on collecting and meticulous research constitutes an archeology of the present pointing towards a fictional cabinet of curiosities for the future.


Lisk Feng
Lisk Feng is a multidimensional artist who creates illustrations, books, screen- printing and animation. She was born in Haining, Zhejiang, China, in 1990. She received her B.F.A in 2012 at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, and her M.F.A in 2014 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Working as a successful young artist, Lisk has published several books in China since 2007 and has won several very important awards in China as well.


Karin Hagen
Karin Hagen is a freelance illustrator living in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a BA from the illustration and graphic design department at Konstfack, University College of arts, crafts and design.


Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushima, who was born and raised in Japan, majored in Japanese traditional painting before working as a designer and Illustrator in Tokyo. She later moved to Rome, then Paris, and then NYC. Seven years ago she left New York for Vancouver, Canada where she lives with her family. She is currently also a slow crafter, needlefelter, and stop-motion puppet animation video artist. She has recently been commissioned for a number of commercial music videos, including several for They Might Be Giants, were released on DVDs. Her Illustrations are mainly paper cutout and digital. Her felt sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in NYC, LA, SF, Tokyo, Osaka and other cities, and are published as books and magazines as well. She sells her felt creations and prints on her Etsy handmade shop.



In conjunction with the opening, EMP Collective is excited to present Aztec Economy’s Butcher Holler, Here We Come! Space delivers transfiguration in Butcher Holler, Here We Come!, a claustrophobic descent into the male psyche-in-crisis where secret desires, carnal urges, and hidden memories come boiling to the surface in a primitive territory of Earth that mirrors the subliminal mind. The year is 1973. The place: West Virginia. Following a cave collapse, 5 coal miners struggle to survive the dwindling supply of oxygen, the lack of food and water, the unraveling sense of passing time, and, even more threatening, their own competing natures. Butcher Holler, Here We Come! brutally weaves through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, childhood visions, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, criminal addictions, and the fervent spirituality of a run-of-the-mill Appalachian community.

Butcher Holler, Here We Come! opens with a late-night performance on Friday, January 10 at 10PM

The show will also run Saturday-Sunday, January 11-12, at 8PM.



In the Palm of Your Hand Opening
Friday, January 10, 7-9:30PM

Butcher Holler, Here We Come Late-Night Performance
Friday, January 10, 10PM
Additional Performances:
Saturday, January 11, 8PM
Sunday, January 12, 8PM

In the Palm of Your Hand Gallery Hours
Saturday, January 18, 12-4PM
And by appointment: carly@empcollective.org


Sara Barnes’ In the Palm of Your Hand is part of our guest curator series at EMP. We pair new ideas and new curators with our resources to realize new exhibitions of art. Interested in participating? Have an idea burning a hole in your brain? Contact and submit to us HERE!

Sara Barnes is an illustrator, blogger, and lady-about-town. In addition to blogging, she also enjoys collaborating and has planned projects like Sampler, a love letter to contemporary embroidery, and the Collage Scrap Exchange, which pairs collage artists around the world. She is responsible for Brown Paper Blog, Eyra, and Pìccolo. Sara Barnes has previously shown work at EMP for her solo show, Foundation (2012) and our Exquisite Corpse mural project (2012).

Aztec Economy is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts collective initiated in Spring 2008 to present new live performances for the public. Our work seeks to provide a fresh perspective on American culture and its relationship to ritual, mythology, madness, dreams, and deliverance. AE‘s projects have been featured in NYC at the Obie Award Winning Ice Factory, the Ohio Theater in Soho, 3 Legged Dog in Lower Manhattan, The Tank in Tribeca, The New Ohio in the West Village, Dixon Place in the Lower East Side, P.S.122 in the East Village, Monkey Town & The Brick Theater & Big Sky Works & House of Yes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Fireproof, Bushwick Open Studios, the Bushwick Starr, at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Fridge in D.C., Collaboraction in Chicago, The Spindletop Boomtown Museum Grounds in Texas, at E.M.P. Collective in Baltimore, on board the Historic Steamship Lilac off the Hudson River, and bars, rooftops, churches, and backyards all over Brooklyn.


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