Dirty Pretty Things

  • Gallery 102
  • July 10th – July 26th
  • Reception: Thursday, July 12th 6-9:30pm
  • Wednesday-Saturday 12pm to 6pm (Sunday By Appointment Only)
  • Free & Open To The Public

The title to this show is in reference to E.E. Cummings poem, “Anyone Lived in A Pretty How Town” and the artist who work and live in close proximity to one another. Stylistically, Cummings gives us an insight to many individual perspectives to provoke common sensations and create a singular experience within the livelihood and structure of a city through the people who inhabit it.

Literature and imagery have always been a reflection of one another and a common place to understand a person’s livelihood. Showing these artists in one room who live and work close to one another within Philadelphia exemplifies the depiction written in the poem. Although we are surrounded by similar things, we develop diverse translations to common daily activities. Through our practice in developing images or objects based on interest influence by daily events, we find common parallels to that work of which we are making and looking at with the places we inhabit.

The exhibition was visualized over a period of time as I kept track of several artists working in Philadelphia. As an artist who curates, I am drawn to other artists working in a similar vein or the complete opposite. The notion of polarities which in turn may connote balance has always presented itself when evaluating work. Showing these artists in one room instead of seeking them in different spaces, I am interested in allocating their synthesis among one another. It is through this convergence, we navigate in space to interpret structure, meaning, content and thought provoking ideas.

-Fabian Lopez, Exhibition Curator

Participating Artist:

Chris Hartshorne
Dustin Campbell

Fabian Lopez

Jessie Hemmons

John Roebas

Rubens Ghenov

Ryan McCartney

Shanna Waddell 

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