Here's the rundown!
WHAT: The 4th Annual 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program Friends and Neighbors Exhibit
Opening Reception: Friday January 24th, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays January 25th, February 1st, and February 8th, 1-4pm, and by appointment (please email email@example.com)
WHERE: Our gallery, which we are calling AIRSPACE from now on!
It's located at 4007 Chestnut Street, First Floor, Philadelphia
Justin Duerr: "I see my body of creative expression in total as part of a story being told down the centuries, within our human species, beginning at least 20,000 years ago. While cultures rise, flourish and crumble, empires run their course, and technologies change the speed and mode of our communication, our human story, which we tell to ourselves, continues to captivate us. I view myself as a participant in an archetypal story-line, which enables us to commune with our ancient past. The past to which our decorative story-song instinct ties us is one which, I think, arcs back to the beginning of time. Our relation to all life-forms, both extinct and yet to come, strands together in a lace-like pattern, which we are both shaped by, and participants in the active creation of. This is a past which predates even our current status of human-hood, which traces ever further back to our origins from the primordial chaos of cosmic upheaval, and also propel us forward, into the unknown of the future..." Visit Justin's web site for his full bio and statement.
Lauren Hansen-Flaschen is a freelance, fine art and documentary photographer. She uses her lens to explore the worlds around her and capture curiosities of human experience. Her fine art photographs are intended to provoke questions, emotions and unexpected connections across seemingly unrelated moments or concepts. Lauren has shown work in Philadelphia and Boston, and was named an "Emerging Documentary Photographer" at the 2010 Bread and Roses Annual Tribute event.
Najee Haynes-Follins is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Hampshire College with a BA in costume design. Her primary interests are mask-making, self portraiture and illustration. She is currently using mask to understand different ways of performing identity.
Johnny Plastini: "Rather than obsess over a clear vision of future image, I invite the elegant clumsiness that can result between the interaction of man and machine, the rational and the instinctual. With the aid of a printing press and power tools, I am able to partially abandon the self and embrace the unpredictability and indirect nature of the medium. I view printing not so much as a series of technical steps trapped within a passive reproductive process, but rather as an opportunity to activate variables which become less about reproducibility and engage a more intuitive and alchemical process. When I make my own handmade paper I view it as a drawing and sculptural practice because the authentic surface of each handmade sheet is just as important as what is printed on it. At the root of my practice is always material investigation. I love wet paper pulp, gobs of aromatic ink and the aura of a tangible work of art..." Visit Johnny's web site for his full statement.