The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists 1 year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Sts. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc. Founded by artist Edward M. Epstein in 2003 and managed by Gina Renzi since 2008, we address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia, assist artists with career development, and make the 40th Street area a nexus for visual arts.
The Past is Over: An exhibition of Illuminated assemblages by Mike Harpring On display June 14 - 29, 2013 at 40th Street AirSpace Gallery, 4007 Chestnut St., First Floor
Friday, June 14, 2013. 6 - 9pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays June 21 and 28, 3-7pm & by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program is pleased to present The Past is Over, a solo exhibition of new work by 2012-2013 artist-in-residence Mike Harpring. Please join us at the 40th Street Gallery on Friday June 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.
In the exhibition, Harpring presents a body of work created during his year-long residency at 40th Street. The work explores personal transition and the reinvention of identity through the collective experience. As the title of the show suggests, the main theme is letting go of the past and moving forward on an intentional trajectory.
Harpring's installation is comprised of ten illuminated assemblages that combine screen-printed illustrations and salvaged building materials with laser-engraved acrylic panels (each of which glows from an internal LED light source). Individual narratives are expressed within each composition, engaging the viewer and carrying them through each layer of the piece. By incorporating reclaimed materials and traditional printmaking practices alongside more advanced art-making technologies, the work suggests a nod to the past while embracing the future.
Native to Louisville, Kentucky, Mike Harpring received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Indiana University in 2008. He moved to West Philadelphia in 2011, where he currently resides. For more information or to obtain more images of his work, contact email@example.com or call (229) 444-4688.