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Barbara Sosson

Sensuous Shapes & Mimicry

February 1 - 25

Caleb Stoltzfus

Signs Of Life

February 1 - 25

Family Matter

David Campbell, Scott Dickson, Aimee Gilmore, Aubrey Levinthal, Adam Lovitz, Kate Moran, Kristen Neville Taylor, Bethann Parker, Sterling Shaw, Ashley Wick

February 1 - 25

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Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10 - 5 pm

127 S 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

215 - 665 - 8138

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Cubist Parrot Finches, 30″ x 30″, Oil On Canvas With Spot Glitter & Mirror Marker

Barbara Sosson: Sensuous Shapes & Mimicry

Throughout her career spanning over 50 years, Barbara Sosson has developed stature in the Philadelphia arts community as a painter, designer, and gregarious personality. In Sensuous Shapes & Mimicry, Sosson struts her stuff with a grouping of new oil paintings that combine two wings of her practice: abstraction and representation.

Sosson began this exhibition with two fully abstract, shape-based paintings, Chills and Knotted, that use formal devices to suggest the effects of specific physiological experiences. Moving deeper into the series, namable components begin to appear. Parts of the human form and the trunk of a tree are nested within flat planes of expressive color and texture. The bulk of the series further incorporates representation by presenting colorful, exotic birds within dynamic shapes, patterns and colors that complement their beautiful plumes.

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Material Culture, 14″ x 18″, Oil On Linen

Caleb Stoltzfus: Signs Of Life

In Signs of Life, Caleb Stoltzfus’ grouping of representational oil paintings create unexpected and mysterious narratives set within rural, suburban, and urban landscapes and interiors. His chosen imagery lacks the literal depiction of human forms, yet evidence of life abounds through his intentional placement of tools, clothing, structures, and piles of discarded items that have ostensibly been touched or at some point inhabited by humans.

Stoltzfus’ scenes give the impression of some unidentified action having freshly taken place, perhaps moments before viewers ‘arrive’. There is an implied invitation to investigate the meaning of what is being observed, the objects individually, how they arrived at their current orientations, and what can be inferred...

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Bethann Parker, A New Tiger Skin, 5″ x 7″ x 15″, Plaster And Acrylic On Found Object

Family Matter: Group Exhibition, Curated by Joseph Lozano

Family Matter brings together twelve artist-parents whose lives and art practices have been forever changed by parenthood. As is typical for all new parents, the burden of new responsibilities can be a surprise or even a hardship. Resources and overall flexibility are depleted in unpredictable ways which can be particularly challenging for artist-parents who need time to work in their studio or on location for their career opportunities, exhibitions and residencies to flourish.

For this reason, historically, parenthood has been stigmatized within art spheres, especially for women. But the artist-parents in this show have found that the very transformation of their identities through parenthood has ignited their practice anew with purpose and focus, and that what might have been a limitation has now become a creative force.

There is immense joy in watching children create. Whether they are drawing, playing make-believe, or stringing words together...

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Susan Moore featured in John Thornton's Remembering Artist Susan Moore

Susan was a few months younger than me and sadly passed away last September at only 69 years of age. She had dozens of one-person shows over the course of her career...Her subjects were the human face, mostly women and sometimes figures. Her media were paint, oil sticks, collage, and photography. She wrote of her “exploration of the unique tensions that the portrait reveals about the self and the assertion of individuality in relation to the quietness of anonymity.”

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Staghorn Fern, 44" x 48", Oil On Canvas

Naomi Chung featured in John Thornton's Artist Naomi Chung, Greenhouse Garden

Naomi Chung has a fantastic show of botanical paintings at Philadelphia's Gross McCleaf Gallery. I talk to her about her career and how she moved from abstraction to realism.

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