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Kati Gegenheimer

Stars Align

July 1 - 31

Sterling Shaw

Unreliable Narrator

July 1 - 31

Ed Bing Lee


July 1 - 31

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Kati Gegenheimer: Stars Align
Sterling Shaw: Unreliable Narrator
Ed Bing Lee: Festivity
July 1 - 31, 2021

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10 - 5 pm


Stars Align  40" x 32"  Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

Stars Align

40" x 32"

Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

Kati Gegenheimer: Stars Align

“I was here.
You were here. 
I am here. You are here.
Stars aligned.
Stars align."

In her paintings, Kati Gegenheimer uses color, pattern, decoration, and symbolism as ways to express love, ritual, and radical sentimentality. Her sensitivity to touch and brushwork on the canvas as a love letter to being present in a moment; asking us to slow down to see the everyday magic that we often only glance out of the corner of our eye  - a shimmer, a twinkle, a cloud passing in the blue sky, a butterfly hovering to look at you. Gegenheimer emphasizes this need to be present in the moment.  She writes:

Time stopped when you entered the room.
You are here for a reason, at this very moment.
Some would say it is luck, others would say it was meant to be.”

The title of the show, Stars Align is particularly appropriate since the works in this exhibition were made in the winter of 2020 and spring of 2021 - shortly after Gegenheimer moved back to Philadelphia, just as the pandemic was coming to an end and at the time the opportunity for Gegenheimer’s first solo exhibition came together. It was important to the artist that this inaugural show took place in Philadelphia, given her personal history in the city.  The artist says, “In nature, stars don’t really align but in a metaphorical sense, situations do come together like magic. When this happens, and you can recognize it, it can be like music, it can be like a painting.  When the elements come together harmoniously, they can transform into something completely new.”

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Alight  48" x 54"  Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper


48" x 54"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper

Sterling Shaw: Unreliable Narrator

Bible stories, nursery rhymes, and references to mythology intermingle in Sterling Shaw’s dream-like narratives. While his approach to surface and media is varied, Shaw’s dedication to storytelling is apparent throughout the entire body of work. In many cases, the protagonists find themselves swept into mysterious situations and settings, as forces of nature factor into the stories.  Shaw’s larger-than-life figures inhabit and stride through their environments like giant deities; however, they are deities with human flaws. Not wanting to be strictly allegorical, Shaw seeks a reaction to his subject matter that invokes a shifting interpretation depending on the individual associations made by each viewer.

Shaw says, “My early life was overflowing with wonderful strong women. Women are the  ‘heroes’ in my life: my support, my teachers, my wise counselors, my advocates…The women in  my paintings are deities - major, minor, lesser, semi and demi, similar to the gods of ancient  Greece. The divine figures of my paintings usually have their faces covered, as a viewer may  only be permitted to see her face with her permission.”

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Popcorn I (Detail)  10" x 8" x 8"  Synthetic Raffia, Ribbons, And Polyester Shoe Lacing

Popcorn I (Detail)

10" x 8" x 8"

Synthetic Raffia, Ribbons, And Polyester Shoe Lacing

Ed Bing Lee: Festivity

Ed Bing Lee’s intricate, knotted sculptures are elegant, humorous, and festive. Gross McCleaf is pleased to exhibit a grouping of work from several series created over the course of the last 17 years. Some from the “Delectable Series” playfully depict food, while works from the “Chawan” series appear as functional objects, bowls, and cups - chawan literally meaning “tea bowl” in Chinese. While Lee constructs each object in detail, the work immediately presents as soft, threaded sculpture rather than trompe l’oeil or facsimile. Challenging our expectations about the world, the artist plays with textures in ways that are reminiscent of Claes Oldenburg’s “soft sculptures”.

Drawn by the immediacy of the process and the satisfaction of an art form that is reliant on meticulous handwork, Lee has perfected his painstaking knotting practice over a career spanning more than 40 years. The artist constructs each sculpture out of thousands of tiny knots from various kinds of thread, ribbon, and lacing. To create shapes, Lee alters the tension of the thread, changes the style of knot, or selects a different material. Lee likens the additive nature of his process to the painting style of pointillism, most known through the works of George Seurat who created painted forms through the repetition of small, dot-like brushstrokes.

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