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The Inaugural Exhibitions of 12 N. 3rd Street

Posted on March 02 2023

(L) Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. (R) Paradigm Arts Building, 2023 © Jason Chen.

Paradigm Gallery Announces Grand Opening of New Location in Old City
Two solo exhibitions by artists with Philadelphia roots  will launch the expanded program

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new location in Old City at 12 N. 3rd St. on Friday, April 7th, 2023. The 7,000 sq. ft., 5-story building was purchased by Paradigm founders Sara McCorriston and Jason Chen in Fall 2022. In addition to serving as the gallery’s new, permanent home, the mixed-use commercial space will actualize McCorriston and Chen’s mission to further grow and contribute to the arts and culture landscape of Philadelphia. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the gallery and its two inaugural exhibitions on Friday, April 7th, from 7-10 PM. On the first floor will be Nazeer Sabree’s debut solo exhibition Pursuit of Healing, curated by Ginger Rudolph of HAHA Magazine. The second floor will present a solo exhibition by Jason Andrew Turner, entitled Welcome Home. Both exhibitions will be on view April 7–30, 2023, at the new Paradigm Arts Building.

1st Floor
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Nazeer Sabree: Pursuit of Healing
Curated by Ginger Rudolph
Nazeer Sabree, Where Do The Eyes Lead, from the series “TRF-98”, 2023. Digital print on archival paper, 20 x 30 in.

 Sabree’s first solo exhibition will explore the process of healing from the artist’s perspective, building upon his previous work in the “False Face” series. Rudolph’s curation is informed by her intimate understanding of Sabree’s practice, having mentored the artist since 2020 in the Philadelphia Mural Arts Fellowship for Black Artists Program. In addition to an expanded body of work from “False Face”, the exhibition will premiere a new series of predominately black and white photo collages entitled “Transgenerational Rorschach Fragments 1998” (“TRF-98”), and a striking video work that tells a transformative story about Black masculinity in three acts – life, death, and rebirth. With photographs and clippings sourced from his family’s archives and broader cultural and historical references, Sabree shares a blueprint for what healing might look like from within a Black body. Vulnerability, pain, and hope collide in Pursuit of Healing, charting an ascendent course from trauma to radical empathy. 

About Nazeer Sabree
Nazeer Sabree is an emerging Black artist from Philadelphia with a unique practice that blends traditional techniques with contemporary ideas. Inspired from a young age by the artistic heritage of the city and the rich cultural scene surrounding it, Sabree has developed a distinctive style that reflects his own story of growing up in Philly. Sabree creates painted portraits and collages that explore the construct of masculinity and its intersections with race, identity, mental health, and the artist’s lived experience. Shifting between figuration and abstraction with practiced ease, Sabree foregrounds the nuances of manhood and boyhood through potent, evocative, and impactful series of works. The artist’s dynamic scenes employ bold brushstrokes and vibrant, meaning-laden color palettes to question societal norms and the expectations placed on boys and men. Sabree’s work exudes a profound social and political awareness of the ongoing, transgenerational struggle for justice and equality, inviting viewers to join the artist in his pursuit of radical healing.

About Ginger Rudolph
Ginger Rudolph is a Philadelphia-based art curator and writer with a passion for developing multidisciplinary connections with artists. She is the Founder & Editor of an online art magazine focusing on contemporary and public art, HAHA Magazine (High on Art, Heavy on Antics), and co-founder of HAHAxParadigm, a civic and social art initiative. She received her B.A. from Tyler School of Art + Architecture in Art History.


2nd Floor
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Jason Andrew Turner: Welcome Home

(L) Jason Andrew Turner, Bind, 2023. Acrylic on MDF, 9.5 x 11 x 2 in.
(R) Jason Andrew Turner, The Ladder, 2023. Acrylic on MDF, 22 x 9 x 2 in.

Turner’s exhibition will showcase his gestural, process-based practice and its surface applications from furniture to textiles. Interior vignettes within the gallery’s expansive second floor will set a rhythmic flow throughout the exhibition, punctuated by bold and intimate painted portraits. Turner often begins with a sketch in sumi ink, redrawing and repeating the lines of the brushstrokes in countless iterations. In each phase, the artist attempts to make sense of a messy, maximalist, overwhelming reality; mental health and the nature of perception are key themes in Turner’s work. Intuitive color relationships and intentional spontaneity permeate the exhibition in a visual representation of organized chaos.

Welcome Home highlights Turner’s collaborations with Philadelphia artists and designers, as well as Paradigm’s commitment to nurturing and showcasing innovative crossovers between creative disciplines. Stained glass works made by Flannery Cronin from Friend of All, felted textile works made by Krysta Knaster of Camphill Soltane, and tufted rugs made by Philadelphia’s Tuft the World bring Turner’s hard-edge style to their respective mediums. The collaborative works compound upon the visual density of the exhibition and complement Turner’s work while introducing new textural and technical elements.

About Jason Andrew Turner
Jason Andrew Turner (b. 1982, Birmingham, AL) is a visual artist currently based in rural North Carolina. In these newest works, he begins with an armature of sumi ink, laying a thread of black ink as a pathway. Color is applied along the linear architecture relating to the emotional and cultural reflection of color meaning. This slows the immediate path to create a narrative that is both reflective and a reaction to society at large. The configurations are often repeated gestures that relate with behavioral actions, emotional states, anxiety, and symbiotic community. Turner holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Friday, April 7, 2023 • 
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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Paradigm Arts Building
12 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thursdays • 10 AM – 6 PM
Fridays • 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays • 11 AM – 6 PM
Sunday • 11 AM – 5 PM
And 7 days a week by appointment.

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About Paradigm Gallery
Paradigm Gallery was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. Globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within the greater Philadelphia arts community, the gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork from around the world. As Paradigm grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible and continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.