An article about Brener and her work recently appeared in The American Scholar, a publication of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The article, “Amy Brener: Totems to Knick-Knacks,” describes her large sculptures created from “discarded materials like auto fuses, buttons, tooth flossers, and safety pins.”
“Much of the impetus to create these specific sculptures comes from the desire to feature tiny disposable objects inside of monumental looking forms that demand reverence,” Brener said.
Of her use of such items in her work, she said, “These are highly recognizable things that I seek to defamiliarize, so that they can be appreciated anew.”
Jack Barrett is located at 89 Franklin St. in Tribeca. According to its website, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.