Posted on April 06 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 22nd • 5:30 - 10:00pm
Gallery Open Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: email@example.com / (267)266-0073
Closing Reception: Friday, May 27th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 S. 4th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19147
www.ParadigmArts.org • @ParadigmGS
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The connection between you and the portrait is a personal one. What is a portrait, after all, but a story of another, guided through interpretation. It represents an ideal that the power of portraiture in a gifted artist’s hand can impose constraint on a moment of fragility. The magic is that, real or imagined, the subject of the portrait is the real author of the story, yet perhaps not of their faces.
"Portrait" will explore how 5 different artists chose to define their subjects. Jason Andrew Turner’s drawn faces will gaze directly at you – defiantly inviting you in; while Jean-Paul Mallozzi's distinct portraits haunt and hide behind their psyches. Lauren Rinaldi’s sketches are delicate and subtle searches into her subjects’ vulnerability. Jason Chen’s photographs capture decisive moments that trail off into larger stories. And Buddy Nestor’s eerie portrayals seem to dissolve the essence of the subject into a surreal side of their humanity.
We spend so much time studying the portrait -- locking eyes, visually reaching for some shared connection to this emotionally charged version of a person. Yet, the artist search to capture the essence of that moment traps us in a complicated game of altered perceptions – people as they wish to be seen versus how they are seen.
This band of storytellers know how to penetrate to the core of their subjects. But there’s still something vaguely lonesome about an image needing a viewer to tell its story to - this need we have to preserve in preparation of an absence.
Perhaps the beauty of it, this fascination with a most basic artistic form of communication, is that we are always searching for the soul of it – for the rest of the story – and we hope that gives permanence to these moments of truth.
Lauren is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in 2006. She is a painter, illustrator and has worked on projects with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She is represented by Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and son.
My latest series of paintings are portraits of female artists. These physical and psychological images are my attempt to capture the true nature of humanity. They are spiritual X-Rays. The models that I use in my work are all beautiful women. However, there is nothing beautiful about the portraits I create.
Mallozzi's work explores the broad spectrum of the human condition. Ranging from youthful to mature content, the work encompasses and reveals the idea that while emotions are amorphous, each one emits a color that echoes complex emotional states that all of us can relate to--no matter what language we happen to speak.
Jason Andrew Turner was born in 1982 in Birmingham, AL. He previously lived and worked in Philadelphia, PA and is most recently based in Brooklyn, NY.
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