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Cool Shelter: Press Release

Posted on July 06 2015


Sara McCorriston
Tel: +1 267 266 0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents Cool Shelter works by Luke O'Sullivan
July 24, 2015 – August 22, 2015

Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others?
-Philip Kindred Dick

Familiar buildings, defined by their purpose, with vibrant worlds to discover below. Philosophers to city dwellers explore their shelters underneath of our day to day. Discover the worlds of Luke O'Sullivan's "Cool Shelter".


Important Dates for Media 

Opening reception*
Friday, July 24, 2015 • 5:30pm – 10:00pm
*Artist will be in attendance.    

Exhibition Hours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073 

Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

Social Media
Instagram: @ParadigmGS / @the_lewko
Twitter: @ParadigmGS

* Please email to receive a collector preview catalog and/or for additional media information and images. * 

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From left to right: "Staircase Place" silkscreen print, “Layer Lair" sculpture, "Under Construction (Progress Tower)" silkscreen print, "Search Party" sculpture close up

Luke O'Sullivan

Artist Statement
My work is about the intersection of built environments and subterranean systems. I create drawings and sculptures of fantastical urban environments. Often inspired by dystopian and science fiction films, I combine recognizable architectural forms and impossible buildings to make diorama-esque works. Early Nintendo games, animations, and maps of caves helped shape my imagination and approach to drawing. The recent works in “Cool Shelter” explore the relationship between an overworld and underworld. Screen printed drawings and patterns on wood occupy the underground labyrinths with various stations, ladders, and wiring. Three-dimensional textures and two-dimensional façades blend together to create a layered industrial landscape.

Luke O’Sullivan was born in 1984 in Boston, MA. He received his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2006. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.


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