Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lorna Williams: nothing (k)new JULY 25 - AUGUST 15




JULY 25-AUGUST 15

Opening Reception:
Saturday July 25, 2015 - 6-9pm

Closing Reception: Saturday August 15, 2015 - 6-9pm

at AIRSPACE Gallery
40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program
4007 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor
Phila. PA 19104

Gallery Hours: by appointment. Please email 40th.AIR.app@gmail.com

ARTIST BIO
Lorna Williams was born in 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 2009, she attended the Norfolk Program at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Williams’ work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, The New York Times, FLATT, Boston Magazine, Concierge Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. She was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalist, ARTS Recognition Finalist, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Finalist, Art and Change Grantee of the Leeway Foundation, Ellen Battell Stockel Fellowship Recipient. Her work is included in the collection of 21C Museum, The Pizzuti Collection and Wellington Management. Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE WORKWilliams’ anthropomorphic sculptures are meticulous amalgams of unlikely and often provocative material juxtapositions. In nothing (k)new, Williams continues to use the body as her primary subject while focusing on the specific and essential processes of birthing and digesting. Plastic teeth, locked hair, root systems, pipes, stones, thorns and snakeskin, are some of the artist’s materials, assembled to form the ecosystem of each piece and a collective narrative throughout the body of work.
In held, djet, fabricated from the carcass of a taxidermied reptile, Williams compresses metaphors of life, death and re-animation into the form of a digestive track. The piece bears an intimate acceptance of life cycles, as the snake was once the artist’s pet living, dying and then re-born. Revealing what is literally hidden beneath the surface, Williams’ unflinchingly embraces bodily function. The serpentine creature is known for its own unique digestive processes; an ideal material for the twisting, turning intestines. held, djet. alludes to human movement through life—gathering, breaking apart, taking what is essential and discarding the waste.
Williams’ collaged sculptures serve as a means to express specific, and at times, personal narratives alongside those of the collective human condition. Focusing on the processes of digestion and birthing, she offers the matter-of-fact reality of each as a means to express their symbiotic relationship. While birthing creates and builds life, digestion consumes, breaks down and extracts; yet ultimately they find similarity in the simple event of expelling. Williams’ artistic process itself is grounded in both mechanisms as she accumulates, fuses, extracts, creates, and releases.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Lorna
the roots of my body: the power of art-as-ritual 


As the primary site of expression, the body is the tool and subject of my work. I closely analyze and deconstruct human anatomy to speak to the reality that human-made materials mimic nature. These processes organically unfold through external support systems, timing, cause and effect. My works are intricately constructed with detritus from my life, including various hardware, bike parts, music instruments, ropes and chains. I also use natural materials such as raw wood, root systems, bird’s nest, insect hives, animal corpses, hair and snake shedding- of which has been collected over the course of travels, living, and circumstance. These materials unify the concept of what is created artificially and what manifests organically through natural processes.

My anthropomorphic sculptures are meticulous amalgams of unlikely and often provocative material juxtapositions. I am fascinated by the functions that all materials, whether human-made or natural, are subject to performing and am always searching for the possible relationships among them—always seeking to assemble, arrange and connect them in ways that speak to concepts that I am visually processing. I question everything and take time to research materials- considering their historical/timely functions and associations. It is in the way I arrange and assemble the materials that gives space for the concepts to take form and present themselves. I enjoy discovering the many different ways a material can be manipulated, taken apart and put back together. I am always looking for the double/triple meanings/functions of the words that are used to define, describe and label the various materials. I draw upon this language for guidance in my decision-making assemblage processes.

My works represent rituals of rebirthing and initiation, of reevaluating, dismantling and rebuilding “self” through natural and man-made materials. Its focus is considering every perspective and then shedding—letting go in order to reinvent, redefine, rediscover and reintroduce. Distilling collected material into anthropomorphic forms, my sculptures address the cross-section of personal narrative, cultural heritage and a shared human condition. The material and figurative interconnectedness of my works creates an on-going mythology that speaks of life and death, birth and decay. My hope is that viewers will experience their own initiation ritual for the release and (re-)introduction of our shared anatomical foundations.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Althea is having a closing reception! JUNE 11

Join us on Thursday June 11, 6-9pm, as we bid farewell to Althea Baird's show. This will be your last chance to see her work, take away some mural broadsheets, and experience the myriad unique performances that result from her infamous cootie catchers. Don't know what we're talkin about here? Well, come to the reception to find out!
The Facebook event is HERE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEXT RESIDENT SHOW COMING UP: Tenbroeck Cripps

Coming up, the fourth resident show of the year, featuring artist TENBROECK CRIPPS. 40th Street Artist-in-Residence presents "Insects and Angels: the Secret Show" with past and present works by Tenbroeck.

Join us for the show's opening reception, Saturday, June 20th, from 6 to 9 pm, where you will have the opportunity to speak with the artist about her process, inspiration, and ideas. The show itself will run in the AIRSPACE Gallery on the first floor of 4007 Chestnut Street from June 20th to July 9th. Find further details in the postcard image below. Hope to see many of you there!

Friday, May 15, 2015

OPENING TOMORROW: THIRD RESIDENT SHOW OF THE YEAR


Join us for Althea Baird's gallery show opening, this Saturday, May 16th, from 6 to 9 pm in the AIR Gallery at 4007 Chestnut, first floor. The opening will kick off a one month long show featuring new work by Althea. The night will be full of live performances by the artist herself, a chance to discuss with her about her work and process, and some food to munch on. You can find more about the artist here.





 Althea's show will run from May 16th to June 7th. Gallery hours by appointment. Please email 40th.air.app@gmail.com to set up a time. 




Sunday, April 12, 2015

UPCOMING: Second Resident Show

Mark your calendars! 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program presents "Past and Present works by Brujo de la Mancha." On display at 4007 Chestnut Street, first floor, from April 18th to May 9th. More information below:




OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, April 18th, 6-9pm

GALLERY HOURS
Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm
Or by appointment: (215)384-3369/40th.air.app@gmail.com

50% of the sales of this art show will be donated in favor of the caravan tour of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa Mexico, with the verification of RIUM (Red de Immigrantes Unidos port Mexico en PA) Network of Immigrants United from Mexico in PA.

About the artist:
I am a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist, teaching artist. Born in Mexico City in a mixed Mexican-indigenous and Spanish working class family. In my childhood, during visits to my father's family around Xico, Veracruz in Mexico, I experienced the surviving Mayan, Olmec, Aztec and Catholic cultures, traditional farming, and popular crafts that represent and express the life of the indigenous Mexican people. Later, I cultivated a sense of freedom to express my personal dreams and reality by immersing myself in indigenous cultures in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Michoacan and Tlaxcala. I grew up believing and experiencing independent thinking, realizing that people are rich in resourcefulness in their own power for self-control. My paternal grandmother migrated from Xico, Veracruz to Mexico City before I was born, and I have continued this family experience with my own migration to Philadelphia eleven years ago, where I have joined the diversity of lives and cultural exchanges of this city. In Mexico a great emphasis is placed on the connection between human beings and the natural world. In 2007 I got my Aztec name "Tletxayacoatl" (The Snake with the Face on Fire) in a summer solstice ceremony in Chicago with Master "Ocelotcoatl" (The Jaguar & Snake) and Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl". I also won a grant from The Institute for Cultural Partnership to learn how to make "Tlapizcalli" clay flutes with the Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl", my first formal training in art. I have continued this work on my own making a clay instrument called the "Ehekachiktli" -The Dead Whistle- an instrument that is very old.
My artistic name BRUJO DE LA MANCHA was giving to me by my friends through my artistic development. My name, Brujo, means "witch" in Spanish. Because transformation is a magic power that humans have inside, I encourage people to focus on the present, to recycle and embrace what they have around them now.







Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Resident Outreach Project Updates!!

Just to keep y'all up to date on what our artists have been doing to share their work with the community. 

Resident Brujo de la Mancha's outreach project works to generate dialogue about INDIGENOUS OF THIS CONTINENT LIVING IN PHILADELPHIA while resident Althea Baird has been collaborating with BARE TEETH dance group. Find pictures and further details below.

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BRUJO's project discusses indigenous identity in Philadelphia. He wants to include and give a voice to indigenous people, which could include Northern, Central, Caribbean, or South American indigenous people, as well as Africans or non-Africans who mixed with indigenous people and who currently live in Philadelphia. He is currently leading discussions about identity in this city, which will culminate in a collective piece of artwork (possibly a mural or a book). ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION.

Upcoming discussions.
Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22 from 6-8 pm at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street.
Sundays April 12, 19, 26 from 2-4 pm at By My Side Parenting Program at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1542 East Montgomery Avenue.

Some pictures from the first discussion, last Wednesday at the Rotunda:



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ALTHEA has been holding choreography workshops and work-making sessions over the past few months. Pictures of these sessions are displayed below. 








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And don't forget to check out our upcoming artist shows at 4007 Chestnut Street. Brujo's show opens April 18th and Althea's show is coming up in May!!



Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Work by Aislinn Pentecost-Farren! GALLERY SHOW OPENING TONIGHT

Join us at our gallery (4007 Chestnut, first floor) this evening from 6-9 to celebrate the opening of our first resident show!
Afterimage | and other conditions of climate change

Featuring the work of Aislinn Pentecost-Farren. Come meet the artist, munch on some classy snacks, and check out her new work. 

Facebook event here.


Gallery Hours
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesdays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th: 4 to 7 pm
Sunday, March 29th: 4 to 7 pm

or by appointment.

On exhibit until April 7, 2015.