Hanny Ahern -
Penumbria Passage
February 11 - March 11, 2022

February 11, 5-7pm

Hanny Ahern
Hanny Ahern’s Penumbria Passage is a preview to a new body of work on the art of noticing: of capturing and retaining minutia, trace particles, and inconsequential specks. As each bit makes its way into Ahern’s studio, a larger networked constellation emerges in which she invites others to immerse themselves—collectively, relationally, each of us guiding destiny together. For her 1x1x1 installation, Ahern projects a holographic image in the Gallery window, adversting a hidden array of small works throughout the main space for visitors to discover via flashlight. 


The clouds are drifting overhead. The moon rises. The night falls. In the darkness, a strange light hits the window pane and in a second’s glance, a rainbow.

You are invited to and through Penumbria Passage. A world captivated by the forces of continuous change. A world lit by the constrained penumbral illumination of the earth’s shadow cast on the moon. A world seen through the penetrating light of adapted senses. A world awash with the detritus stranded as the passage of time materializes into leftover things. Lay low in this sunken River Valley…patiently waiting, collecting, capturing, forgetting, and rediscovering discarded fragments. Sift through this fragmentation, like storing files in separate areas of memory scattered throughout a hard disk. Until one day, it suddenly appears, the evidence of our subconscious knowing: a hyper-realized hologram of real life—glistening like stirred dust in a sunlight space. 

1x1x1 is ann street gallery’s series featuring one artist, one work, for one month in the Gallery window. 1x1x1 aims to be a nimble platform giving artists experimental space for solo exhibitions.
Hanny Ahern is an American artist living and working in New York. Her work blends and builds worlds with ubiquitous materials such as human breath, wind, caution/danger tape, telephone numbers, as well as traditional and electronic media into participatory installations. Ahern's practice is a poetic restructuring of visual landscapes, physical experience, and immersive environments. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bennington College and masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Hanny has exhibited with Bitforms Gallery, Artist in Vacnacy, Strongroom. Hanny was the inaugral artist educator for the Teens Program at Dia: Beacon, and most recently taught at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts.