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--- revel ---

June 5, 2016

 

--- revel --- 

June 5 - June 26, 2016 

Opening Sunday, June 5, 4 - 6 PM 

Curated by Lauren Gidwitz

 

Artists: Lindsay M Burke, Jacintha Clark, Matthew Craven, Evan Fugazzi, Miatta Kawinzi, Sangram Majumdar, Esperanza Mayobre, Paul Metrinko, Ellen Uzane Schneiderman, and Ashley Nicole Wick

 

While conceiving ---revel---, I find myself reading Tate Shaw’s book Threshold again and again. There is a kindred spirit between his gentle commands and the works to which I find myself drawn. As in Shaw’s text, the works in --- revel --- hold me upon a threshold, taking me on a journey. They do not seem to exist in one place or time, but rather reveling in the in-between: the space where everything is connected and not quite what it seems.

 

The ten artists in ---revel--- live in New York City and Philadelphia, but their origins span the United States and to countries of other continents. Each artwork draws one into an intrinsic and magical world, each with its own layered and subtle storytelling. Every piece incarnates memory, past in the eyes of the present, in a very intense, slow and internal way. They are autonomous but speak to one another freely. The personal histories evoked in each artwork’s world focus on their own intimate experiences, but relate to larger ancient histories and contemporary cultural accounts in the making.

 

Lindsay M Burke’s acrylic pieces deftly walk a fine line between whimsy and the uncanny. Jacintha Clark’s porcelain sculptures suggest symbiotic and contradictory relationships of fragility and strength, masculine and feminine, the permanent and the ephemeral. Matthew Craven examines the ties between image-making across cultures from old worlds to present day pattern-play. Evan Fugazzi pushes the boundaries and limitations of color and mark making while maintaining a poetic voice. Miatta Kawinzi uses bodily elements to study the psychological and physical connections of personal and universal identity and struggle. Sangram Majumdar plays with intense elusive content within masterfully laid layers of paint.

 

Esperanza Mayobre uses unassuming symbols of home as metaphors to scrutinize a semi-estranged motherland. Paul Metrinko’s stoneware contains a timeless solitude and clarity. Ellen Uzane Schneiderman sensitively plays with tactility and light in her paper mound pieces. In her flock of paper sculptures, Ashley Nicole Wick’s subtle quirky humor balances a sincere anxiety induced by flying.

 

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