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Morris Blackman

Save For Future Use

July 1 - 30

Ed Bing Lee

The World On A String

July 1 - 30

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Geometric Abstract 007, 49.5" x 76", Acrylic

Geometric Abstract 007, 49.5" x 76", Acrylic

Morris Blackman: SAVE FOR FUTURE USE

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to host the first major retrospective of Philadelphia-native Morris Blackman. SAVE FOR FUTURE USE features two galleries filled with sculptures, paintings, drawings, and more from Blackman’s prolific practice through three distinct periods of formal investigation.

Drawings and a small, painted self-portrait are among the earliest pieces in the exhibit and attest to Blackman’s draftsmanship and artistic training. His softly contoured graphite drawings depict various casts and statues that Blackman studied during his arts training. His self-portrait presents a young man in front of a field of bright yellow paint. His face in shadow, a critical gaze reveals the discerning and determined personality of Blackman as a young artist...

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First Love, 19" x 19", Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

First Love, 19" x 19", Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Ed Bing Lee: The World On A String

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to present a survey of knotted sculptures by Ed Bing Lee in The World on a String. The exhibition contains a selection from several of Lee’s early series: a grouping of fan-shaped works made in the 1960s and never-before-seen decorative rings from the 1960s and 70s. Additionally, colorful new works from Lee’s Chawan, or “tea bowl”, series and a linen hot dog from his Picnics series are on view, both representing contemporary developments in the artist’s decades of art practice.

Ed Bing Lee incorporates diverse sources into his imagery, including Pop Art, folk art traditions, fashion, art history, and iconic items of East Asian and American culture – such as tea bowls and fans, ice cream cones and cupcakes. Although his subject matter is often contemporary, his knotting techniques are ancient skills that were used in basketry and woven fabrics, predating recorded history by tens of thousands of years. Lee is a master of the specialized art of knot-making. Utilizing the Double Vertical and Horizontal Half Stitches most often, he includes additional knots as the subject requires, using The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley as a reference. Lee says, “The medium in crafts is the vocabulary.” He is fascinated by how threads, ribbons, and string can become limp or structured depending on the form. Thus, it is through the material possibilities that the forms emerge. 

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Val Rossman - John Thornton

Val Rossman featured in John Thornton's Val Rossman, Unexpected Interference, New Paintings at Gross McCleaf

Artist Val Rossman exhibits two different but related bodies of paintings at her 3rd solo show at Gross McCleaf. She talks about her work, both the process and the philosophy that animates her.

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Benjamin Passione & Mickayel Thurin - John Thornton

Benjamin Passione & Mickayel Thurin featured in John Thornton's Family of Artists, Ben Passione, Mickayel Thurin, and the Legendary Maurice

Artists Ben Passione and Mickayel Thurin are a young couple trying to raise their son Maurice through one of the most difficult periods in memory. I got a chance to film both of their recent exhibitions and talk to, and film them, at their home in North Philadelphia.

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Michael Gallagher - John Thornton

Michael Gallagher featured in John Thornton’s Beauty and Consolation, The Art of Michael Gallagher

America and the world have been suffering through a prolonged and miserable darkness, and Michael Gallagher’s paintings of joy, color and light bring hope to all who witness them. And they align with my own favorite aesthetic, a perfection of idealized forms and shapes, with an abraded and disfiguring surface. It’s the human need for perfect beauty, stymied by the limiting realities of this world. The irony being the beauty is made more poignant through the world’s grinding sorrows.

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