Posted: Feb 19 2016
February 26, 2016 - March 19, 2016
Featuring Work by:
Amze Emmons • Erin Murray • Gabe Angemi • Jessica Hess • John Slaby • Seth Clark • Tim Portlock
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12-6pm
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Waning Worlds makes a visual connection with the state of things as we see them. It captures the things that exist there with dignity, even as they dangle precipitously from one state of being into another.
Among these conceptual ideas of shifting, suspended in moments of intensity, we find reasons to cling to the diminishing aspects of our subjects. Their portraitures reclaim the narratives of our surroundings before they fade away. They validate an existence essential to the relationship between the things we construct and inhabit.
In the ebb and flow, uncovered are the human condition resonating in the inanimate and environmental. Where the viewer will discover an emotional bond to the personal stories each artist strives to connect to the gradual phases – to the waning of worlds.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and non-profit institutions. Emmons has received numerous awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council; and a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. His work has received critical attention in The Huffington Post, Itsnicethat.com, Coolhunting.com, New American Paintings, as well as many other print publications. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Emmons is also a co-founder of Printeresting.org.
Erin Murray is an artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington. In 2012 she was awarded the West Collects acquisition prize and the Fleisher Wind Challenge exhibition grant. You can find her work published in New American Paintings, Tabletop Zine, and Dirty Laundry magazine. She is a current artist member of Vox Populi Gallery and an alumni of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Gabriel Angemi is 40 years old, and has been making art and photography most of his life. Influenced early on by skateboarding and punk rock culture, he has always been a fan of music, art, art makers, photographers and photojournalism. He currently lives in South Jersey with his wife and 3 daughters and works as a firefighter when he is not making art.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Jessica Hess now lives and works in San Francisco, California where she enjoys documenting the street art scene by painting hyperreal graffiti-laden landscapes. Hess’ paintings pay homage to the growing street art movement while also preserving these otherwise fleeting works.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Live and work in Philadelphia, PA. Much of my work comes from a personal narrative. Observation mixed with lore, nostalgia, and emotional experiences typically lay the groundwork for my paintings. Having come from the coal region of north east PA, I have developed a fondness for disintegrating infrastructure and inspiration in places reclaimed by nature or reappropriated by new generations.
Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and studied close to home in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design, focusing primarily on print design and alternative typography. During this time, he discovered collage. This method of hands-on, spatial development took a major role in his digital work as well as his physical works on wood and paper. His drawings and paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the Chautauqua Institution. Clark was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Recent honors include Best in Show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and publication in New American Paintings. He is the recipient of three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pittsburgh and is a 2012 Flight School Fellow.
Tim Portlock was born in Chicago which inspired his lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity. Educated primarily as a traditional visual artist Portlock has worked in the past as a community-based muralist as well as a studio painter. His current body of work is created using 3D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the abandoned and foreclosed buildings in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and San Bernardino California.
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