Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Past is Over: An exhibition of Illuminated assemblages by Mike Harpring; opens FRI JUNE 14!

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
Opening Reception:

Friday, June 14, 2013. 6 - 9pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays June 21 and 28, 3-7pm & by appointment (email 40th.air.app@gmail.com)

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 mikeharpring@gmail.com or call (229) 444-4688.

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