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Lucky 13

Posted on February 11 2023

Lucky 13
A group exhibition celebrating the 13-year anniversary of Paradigm Gallery + Studio


Eva Redamonti, Hollow, 2022, Ink on paper mounted on board, 12.5"h x 19"w
Exhibition Dates: February 24 - March 19, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:00PM

In honor of Paradigm Gallery’s Thirteenth Anniversary, we are pleased to present Lucky 13, a group exhibition exploring themes of luck and superstition and the traditions around these concepts. Lucky 13 features the work of 26 artists, some presenting for the first time in the gallery and others well-seasoned on our walls. The work included in the exhibition spans across mediums, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, fibers, craft, mixed media and everything in between. 

We are certainly feeling fortunate this year as we prepare to enter a new and exciting chapter for the gallery, making 13 an unconventional lucky charm during the final exhibition in our Queen Village location. As we say this month-long farewell to our beloved space at 746 S 4th Street, this exhibition will demonstrate the variety of mediums and artists that have shown in Paradigm over the years, and how we will grow exponentially once we move into a five story building in the Old City neighborhood. 

The public opening reception will be on February 24th, 2023 at 5:30-8:00pm. Lucky 13 will be on view February 24 through March 19th, 2023. 

Lucky 13 will feature the artwork of: 

Adrian Landon Brooks

Andrew Pinkham

Brock DeBoer

Calo Rosa

Christine Kim

Clint Tillman Reid

Colette Fu

Danielle Krysa

Darla Jackson

Debra Broz

Eva Redamonti

Henry Hablak

Hollie Chastain

Jim Houser

John Slaby

Kate Glasheen

Keith Garcia

Lexicon Love

Luke O'Sullivan

Lydia Ricci

Mz. Icar


Pam Lethbridge

Sean 9 Lugo

Simona Ruscheva

Ziui Chen


Friday, February 24th • 5:30 - 8:00pm

Saturdays • 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sundays • 11:00am - 5:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment.

Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147 / (267)266-0073

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Adrian Landon Brooks (b. 1983) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Brooks works predominately in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas. He has exhibited in Texas, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Germany , Spain and Amsterdam. In addition to his gallery work, Brooks has been included in museum exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin and Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMOA). Brooks has also been featured in Juxtapoz, VNA, Art Maze Mag and selected into the West #126 issue of New American Paintings.


Andrew Pinkham is an illustrative portrait photographer who is inspired by 18th century Dutch masters. He was born in Evanston, IL but grew up Chester County, PA. Pinkham studied communications and photography at Dean College, Franklin, MA, and Antonelli Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA. His career in photography has spanned a period of more than 30 years. Pinkham's artwork has been included in exhibitions at area galleries and has appeared in many publications and books, including the cover of poet laureate Billy Collins' “Aimless Love”. He currently resides in Philadelphia.


Brock DeBoer’s artistic process as a ceramic sculptor utilizes porcelain, historical motifs, and surface treatments to re-contextualize everyday objects, items from his past, and objects of popular culture. Many are highly nostalgic to his generation and beyond touching on many facets of everyday life. DeBoer’s highly crafted casts in porcelain become archival, altering their permanence while questioning the value of these everyday objects. DeBoer draws influence from his midwestern upbringing combined with the ever-changing and vastly diverse landscape of Los Angeles and the rural landscape of Joshua Tree. Using his extensive knowledge of ceramic materials and processes, DeBoer brings his sculptures a new life becoming heirlooms of the 21st century. By using classical motifs of cobalt patterns and true to life finishes DeBoer’s casts become suspended somewhere in the past and disguised in the present. Brock DeBoer born in South Dakota, 1985, currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. ​

Calo Rosa Born in San Salvador, lives and works in Philadelphia.
From a family of artists with diverse media including graphic design, Brazilian percussion, oil painting, and cake-making. He holds a degree in Fine and Visual Arts from the Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and a degree in graphic design from Don Bosco University. After becoming frustrated with the exclusivity of the San Salvador gallery scene, he began to define his own street art style. His colorful pieces portray the vibrant Latin American culture, and mirror the sounds, roots, and forms of the urban-tropical lifestyle.

Christine Kim is a Korean-Canadian paper artist. She lives and works as an artist and arts educator north of Toronto. Christine explores portraiture through drawing, painting, cutting and layering. Through this process of collage, Kim examines the surface, shape and volume to conceal and reveal the figure. The interplay between layers and the shadows they cast offer the viewer moments of stillness and movement, fragility and solidity, rigidity and organic flow.


Clint Tillman Reid is a designer, illustrator, screen printer, educator, worrier and a lister-of-things. Clint has a BFA in Graphic Design (2005), was a partner in Studio & (Durango, CO), received the State Superintendent's Award for Arts Excellence for Oklahoma Visual Art Educator (2020), and is a Paradigm Gallery Artist. He currently operates Unlucky Press, a small independent print shop, with his wife Amy and their kids.


Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award-winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Greenpeace, Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection, and many private and rare archive collections. In 2014, Fu attended a 6-month artist residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, where she continued her “We Are Tiger Dragon” project, an extensive visual exploration of China’s ethnic minorities. There she also designed China’s largest (1 spread) pop-up book measuring 2.5 x 5 x 1.7 meters high. In October 2017, Colette created the world's largest – Tao Hua Yuan Ji, a 13.8 x 21 feet pop-up book that people could enter, at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.


Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, and a post-grad in design from Sherian College. She began her career as a painter, but her love for graphic design quickly changed her interest from painting to mixed media - specifically collages filled with narratives, negative space, and pop cultural references. (Danielle Krysa is also is the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator, and the author of Creative Block, Collage and Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk.) Danielle lives and works in British Columbia, Canada.


Darla Jackson is a sculptor living in Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Moore College of Art in 2003, and after receiving a John S. and James L. Knight Arts Challenge Grant in both 2011 and 2013, founded the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a membership based community sculpture studio.
Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions locally, including galleries and museums such as the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Seraphin Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Woodmere Art Museum, and a Wind Challenge exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and across the country at galleries such as Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, and Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She has shown internationally in Belgium and Germany and has lectured about her work at venues including The Barnes Foundation.
Jackson currently teaches Figure Modeling at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Animal Sculpture at the Fleisher Art Memorial and Mixed Media Sculpture at Stockton University.


Debra Broz collects and deconstructs secondhand ceramic kitsch figurines, then combines them into reimagined versions of their former selves. Using ceramics restoration techniques, she effaces history by creating seamless reconstructions that are part humor, part mad science, and part tender sentimentality for the rural Midwest where she grew up. Broz received her BFA with honors from Maryville University - St. Louis in 2003. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Austin, Texas where she trained as a ceramics restorer and began using ceramic figurines in her art practice. Broz moved to Los Angeles in 2014, and then to Seattle, Washington in 2022. Broz shows with several galleries in the US, and has had exhibits at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Austin Museum of Art, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her work has been featured in print in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and Frankie magazines; in a number of online publications; and in two international surveys of contemporary ceramics.


Eva Redamonti is an illustrator, musician and animator based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. "Drawing for me is a positive place in my mind which is deeply personal and connected to my well-being. After Studying Music Composition at Berklee College of Music, I moved to New York and I now work here teaching, drawing, and making music."


Henry Hablak is a tattoo artist and illustrator based out of Philadelphia. His art is inspired by ancient civilization, the occult, mythology, folk art and mysticism. Henry’s work traces the history of the occult tradition and looks for the similarities between cultures who practice ancient religions and pagan rites.


Hollie Chastain is a paperphile artist and illustrator working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Coming from both a graphic design and studio art background, her work has a story-telling quality, mixing found material, strong graphic elements and modern palettes. Texture plays an important role for her so her illustration process, like her studio work, starts with an analogue foundation. She’s deeply inspired by folklore, music and the unknown and has a passion for folk art and self-taught artists. Her first book, If You Can Cut You Can Collage was released in November 2017 through Quarto Publishing.


Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary founding member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houser’s installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his thinking . His work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts , the art of children and the gravity of fatherhood , codes and code breaking, music and music making . Through Houser’s signature style of visual poetry and personal iconography, the artist extends his practice of self-examination to include the topic of art making itself. Works serve to consider Houser’s relationship to the artwork he creates, the compulsion to create it and how his lifestyle has been formed, consequently. Houser’s collages become visual poems through which he cathartically communicates his most private thoughts and emotions with surprising candor. By cataloging his experiences and feelings through a unique pictorial language, the artist creates his own brand of curative iconography. Houser’s aesthetic often mixes stylized figures, hand-drawn typography and geometric shapes, creating quilt-like collages in a cohesive color palette. Houser layers acrylic on wood, fabric and found objects, blurring the lines between collage and sculpture. Once combined, it becomes clear that all of his works are associative and directly related. This deceptively dimensional quality is further highlighted when the pieces are assembled into one of the artist’s elaborate installations, adding to the complexity of each individual piece by emphasizing a greater inter-connectivity to the body of work as a whole.Houser’s collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


John Slaby Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Live and work in Philadelphia, PA. Much of my work comes from a personal narrative. Observation mixed with lore, nostalgia, and emotional experiences typically lay the groundwork for my paintings. Having come from the coal region of north east PA, I have developed a fondness for disintegrating infrastructure and inspiration in places reclaimed by nature or reappropriated by new generations. 


Kate Glasheen graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Kate has since been a creator, artist, and contributor for several critically acclaimed books, participated in exhibitions across the country, and worked on some of the biggest properties in entertainment. Her artistic interests find communion in fine and sequential art under the notion that there's something hilarious about something that's not funny at all. Kate has exhibited her work in spaces such as LA’s Gallery 1988, Philadelphia’s Paradigm Gallery, and Brooklyn’s Gristle Gallery. Published works include Top Shelf’s A Radical Shift of Gravity (with collaborator Nick Tapalansky), contributions to the Adventure Time series (BOOM! Studios), Hybrid Bastards! (Archaia Entertainment), The Sakai Project (Dark Horse Comics), several entries in the Graphic Canon series (Seven Stories Press), Resist! (Françoise Mouly, Nadja Speigleman, and Desert Island), Kickstarter funded Bandage: A Diary of Sorts, and Line Webtoon’s dark teen drama, Varsity Noir.


Keith Garcia My work focuses on the spatial relationships between playful color gradients, shapes, and iconography. There is a narrative built from a societal aberration––whether it’s dreamt up through deviance or kept inclose proximity of innocence, it will be left to the preconceived misunderstandings of human nature. Coincidingly note simpler times: there were things wrong with the 80’s but it was still a beautiful place. Keith lives and works in Philadelphia. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA and grew up in the neighboring small town of Dallas. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he studied Psychology and Studio Arts. He also completed a Post-Baccalaureate program at the Wharton School. He’s most recently shown works at Deep Space Gallery, The Fridge DC, Pink Slime, Everhart Museum, and the West Collection.


Lexicon Love "Australian born and bred, I am a self-taught collage artist who works under the name Lexicon Love. I love collage art essentially because I enjoy the process. I am less preoccupied with the end result. I am drawn to the surreal and unsettling and try to inject that into my work where possible, always seeking out the unexpected connections between humour and tragedy. Ultimately it’s the way in which collage art challenges traditional notions of aesthetics, which I find most appealing. My aim is to transport the observer to a time and place of their own choosing. By hiding the faces I disrupt the observers gaze. I remove any distraction and invite the observer to slow down and join the dots in order to seek out the hidden. I guess the real power of the final composition is what can’t be seen. At this point the observer holds all the power and the artist none! Although my mental approach is analogue, my physical techniques are digital. The most significant challenge for me is giving each artwork the slight imperfections of hand and the general look and feel of being made entirely from traditional analogue practices. To achieve this, I do not use any sophisticated software such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Instead, my tools of choice are extremely basic and closely mimic analogue techniques. It’s like working with your hands in the traditional sense. My process begins by finding the trigger for each piece. This is usually a single image that really catches my eye, grabs me by the throat, and triggers the all-important starting point. Remixing the old with the new to create new truths, I organize and reorganize until it ‘feels right’".


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, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Urban Nation Museum (Berlin, Germany), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston), Boston Public Library (Boston, MA) and Art Institute of Boston (Boston, MA).


Lydia Ricci is a sculptor that makes imperfectly perfect replicas of quotidian moments and objects from a pile of scraps and everyday detritus accumulated over the last 30 years. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and also studied design in St Gallen, Switzerland and printmaking in Cortona, Italy. She teaches classes in design and storytelling at The University of the Arts. Her sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Marfa, Boston, Philadelphia, and featured in publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Vice. Her animations have been included in The San Francisco, Mill Valley and Philadelphia Film Festivals.


Mz. Icar is an anonymous art collective composed primarily of Black Women. Our name is racIzM, backward. We started this collective to create works that celebrate Women, Global Blackness, and Play. We create narratives in the form of geometric mixed-media street art and fine art that explore histories and imagine the best-case scenario future from the perspectives of women and people of color. Our work has been exhibited at Pyramid Hill Museum in OH, MINT Gallery Atlanta, Culture House DC, Welancora Gallery, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Westwood Gallery, i-20 Gallery, WNYC Radio's Green Space, Rush Gallery, Andeken Gallery, SXSW and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. We have done site-specific installation work at Etsy's HQ, Publicis, the City of Boston and branded art projects for Ms. Lauryn Hill's world tour, BET, Essence magazine and Nickelodeon. Our Value series was included in the 2020 Photoville Exhibition, Downtown Brooklyn. We are cohorts of Philadelphia’s 2021 Fellowship for Black Artists, Presented by Mural Arts Philadelphia.


NDA is a public and gallery artist based out of Philadelphia. Although his background is in printmaking and illustration, he is now mostly recognized for his focus on murals and large-scale public work. By combining surrealism, comic humor and real life observations, NDA seeks to shine light on the human condition while at the same time making his audience laugh. His bright and expressive work can be seen around the world from Mexico to Norway. Recent projects have brought him to the Lower East Side for a pop up show in an abandoned market as well as the Newark Museum and a mural with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. NDA has also exhibited his work in cities along the east coast such as New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Miami. He has been an artist in residence at Staufferstadt in Strasburg, VA and the Sunnhordland Folkehogskule Teaching Residency in Norway. Additionally, he has been featured in the New York Times, Ginko Press and Esquire.


Pam Lethbridge "Inspired by her years of experience in the mental health field, the distinct psychological themes found throughout Pam Lethbridge's work highlight the complicated relationships we have with our childhoods and with one another. Both vulnerable and curious Lethbridge's childish figures ache for tenderness and companionship yet cannot seem to overcome their collective detachment. Their careful arrangement quietly illustrates Lethbridge's own whimsical, secretive stories."- Emily Smith, Gallery Director Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

Sean 9 Lugo Brown boy representing the duality of both Latin and American culture and experiences through masks that can either misconceive or stereotype perceptions.


Simona Ruscheva "I graduated Fine Art Painting in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. I am currently living and working in London, UK. I had my first UK solo show “Transitions” in London, 2022 and my first international solo show “The source” at Keep Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, USA in 2021. I have also participated in various international group shows and across London, including Royal Institute of British Artists Annual exhibition, where my work was Highly Commended by the De Laszlo Foundation, and Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition. I was longlisted in Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2022 in the Portraiture category. I was also shortlisted for Kate Bryan art prize in July 2021 and for Artrooms Awards in 2019. My works are also part of the global art collection of Standard Chartered Bank."


Ziui Chen "I have come to believe and address affection as a chaotic force, urging us to seek the good or hurt of others. I am interested in understanding affections as an embodied experience that defines the most hidden acts as meaningful. Curiously, I lean towards asking what space is safe for us to show affection? And how might even the most minuscule of an outwardly flickering finger translate to inner emotions? My work on affections focuses on the power dynamics of women, particularly the perceptions of their body and identity amongst themselves, and the empowerment of Asian women by transforming biased judgments in public life into nuanced gestures between subjects in a painting. The most notable characteristic of the recent paintings is the ungrounded sense of personal space. I am displacing both the audience and the subjects as I believe the absence of gravity intensifies the voyeuristic feeling in observing the chaos of their engagement."

About Paradigm Gallery
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 from around the world. Paradigm Gallery is globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within their greater Philadelphia arts community. As the gallery grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible. Through monthly donations, free public art installations, and initiatives like Insider Picks, Paradigm Gallery, continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.