Posted on November 16 2023
Lone Splendor: A Group Exhibition Celebrating the Wonder of the Cosmos
Curated by Christopher Jobson, Founder of Colossal
December 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024
All artwork available to view/purchase here.
Adrian Landon Brooks • Allison May Kiphuth • Andrew McIntosh
Bunnie Reiss • Christina Keith • Danielle Clough (pictured artwork) • Danym Kwon
Lindzeanne • Lorraine Loots • Lucy O'Doherty • Michael Dandley • Toni Hamel
From the curator:
“Growing up in rural Texas, our nearest neighbor was a three-minute hike across a long dam. As it happens, that neighbor, Larry, was an astronomy professor at the University of Texas, and next to his house was an enormous white building capped with a huge dome. On warm summer nights, he would invite students from the university to look at the sky, unobstructed viewing away from the lights of Austin, complete with a cardboard “STAR PARTY” sign that hung from his mailbox. When I was seven years old, we made the walk at night across the dam and through a yard filled with telescopes on trailers and telescopes mounted in the back of pickup trucks, everyone smoking cigarettes, drinking beer, and pointing at the sky.
My mother walked me up to the strange domed building where I encountered a telescope the size of a refrigerator angled toward the night sky. Larry lifted me onto a stool, and I peered into a small lens. It seared something into my mind forever. A speck of light in the sky had been magnified to such a degree that it was suddenly right here in front of me, and it wasn’t a moon or even the shape of a star as I imagined. Instead, it was an orb banded in brilliant colors and ringed by a wide halo swathed in a gradient of light: it was Saturn. A pinprick that glimmered in the sky right above me every night was infinitely more complex than a twinkle. It was an entire world. And another realization: there were things all around us that we could see but not see. Only with the help of science, art, and technology could we ever hope to make sense of these invisible things all around us.
I have since developed a deep love for unseen worlds. Borrowing a phrase from John Keats’ famous love poem “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art,” Lone Splendor brings together 18 artists from around the world who have interpreted their own imaginations and realities for us, revealing a love for art, wonder, and the unknown. With paint, thread, paper, and light, they have each taken this poem and held a telescope to it, sharing their visions of the night sky and illuminating our unceasing interest in what lies just beyond.”
Friday, December 1, 2023
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursdays • 10 AM – 6 PM
Fridays • 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays • 11 AM – 6 PM
Sundays • 11 AM – 5 PM
And by appointment outside of hours.
12 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For all inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About the curator, Christopher Jobson
Deeply fascinated by contemporary art and visual culture, Christopher launched Colossal as a personal blog in the fall of 2010 to catalog the work of both established and emerging artists across a wide range of artistic disciplines. The site attracted millions of monthly readers seemingly overnight, and within two years he was able to quit his day job to publish full-time and also opened a fun design shop. Colossal is the recipient of the Utne Media Award for arts coverage, a Webby Award nomination, and has received accolades from the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS Art21. Called the "Tate Modern of the Internet," Colossal now has multiple regular contributors and is committed to making art accessible to everyone, exploring street art, design, photography, illustration, and craft from all reaches of the globe. You can find him on Instagram and on his website.
About Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. The gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. In 2022, Paradigm announced the opening of its new 5-story, 7,000 sq. ft. home, The Paradigm Arts Building, in Old City, Philadelphia. Now open to the public, the building boasts multiple floors of exhibition space, integrated in-house design and printmaking, a dedicated events floor, and art advisory offices. With this, Chen and McCorriston expanded their vision for the greater Philadelphia arts community. The gallery is at the heart of this vision, anchoring Paradigm’s overall mission of increasing access to the commercial art world, supporting artists and advancing their careers, and collaborating with like-minded partners to build a more equitable, sustainable arts economy for all.
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