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Posted on August 05 2016

Burst! Works by Kelly Kozma, Charles Clary, and Ryan Beck
Charles Clary, Kelly Kozma, and Ryan Beck
August 26, 2016 – September 17, 2016 

Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 2016 • 5:30pm – 10:00pm

It’s obvious at first glance to train your focus on the vibrant color that inhabits the palates of these three artists. Beneath the surface of their playful mastery over the color wheel lay abstracts transforming their space; meticulous stitches, brush strokes, and paper sculptures ingesting layers of fabricated realities.  These visual representations of weighed thought burst forth and explore the contemporary appeal of the sensations of the eye.

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 / @CharlesClary / @KellyKozma / @RyanBeck
Twitter: @ParadigmGS

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Charles Clary's artwork at Paradigm Gallery


Bio // Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He has shown in exhibitions at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, Pierogi Gallery and Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, Spoke art in San Francisco, and museum shows at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Gadsten Museum of Art, and Cornell Museum of Art. He has also completed a three week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, This is Colossal, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi Fructose,, Bluecanavs Magazine, and This Is Colossal as well as a recent feature in American Craft Magazine. He was also featured in the Art On Paper Art Fair with Kenise Barnes Fine Art. He has also been featured in publications including 500 Paper Objects,Paper Works,Paper Art,Papercraft 2,PUSH: Paper,and The New Twenties.

Charles has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by: Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL, and Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, Utah. Clary currently lives and works in Conway SC.


Kelly Kozma embroidery stitching french knots


Bio // Mixed media & fiber artist Kelly Kozma, grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design. She is represented by Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia. Kozma has participated in several solo and group shows in Philadelphia as well as New York, Delaware, and Miami, Florida for Art Basel. Her current work combines drawing, painting and hand embroidery with elements of chance and probability to create vivid, pattern driven pieces.

Artist Statement // My work is extremely process driven. There are elements based on probability and chance, as well as ones that incorporate exceedingly planned out details. Often I use dice as a way of determining which colors to use, while other times I will draw a thousand tiny bricks by hand. Combining these methods creates an organic rhythm that could not exist if I were making all of the choices solely on my own accord.

Within this framework, I create brightly colored, pattern driven imagery of abstracted worlds. The geometric and geographical forms being used are often reminiscent of this earth but seemingly exist elsewhere. I combine techniques of hand embroidery, drawing and painting, which breathes a contemporary life into traditional craft. With each meticulous stitch an intimacy generates between the work and myself and an excitement builds as a flat sheet of paper transforms into a textile-based piece.


Ryan Beck at Paradigm Gallery + Studio


Bio // Ryan Beck (American, born 1979) is a Philadelphia-based artist who has exhibited in reputable galleries and spaces around the country including Space 1026, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and Urban Outfitters World Headquarters. He has also exhibited in international art fairs, including SELECT Miami Art Basel.

Artist Statement // I work in an abstract style that aims to link contemporary art sensibility with the studied traditions of fine art. The colorful forms and vibrant hues are representative of the energy that I get from creating these works and the overlaid, linear forms work to reflect attempts at reigning in that unbridled excitement. In recent years, my focus has become geared towards the actual process of creating and I set out to make my work a reflection of the many, varied stages that go into the creation of a single piece. My focus on process intends to draw the viewer in by clearly showing the marksmanship, brush strokes and human touch of each piece while simultaneously making the actual steps of the creation process ambiguous. I aim to create works that are appealing and inviting while also allowing the viewer to question the process through which each piece came to be. I am interested in my work being a reflection of the shared human experience of sorting through layers of meaning in everyday life and the exciting challenge of determining the process through which those layers have been created and maintained.