Tuesday, 06 July 2010 16:24
A GUIDE TO SALVATION Ryan Travis Christian, Go To Work, 2010, 22" x 30", Graphite
by Hilary Pecis
Andrew Schoultz, David Kazprazak, Hilary
Flynn, Kelly Lynn Jones,
Marcie Oakes, Michelle Blade, Ryan Travis
Friday, July 9th, 7 -
July 9th - 30th, 2010
1026 Arch St. 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
tradition of western
painting has historically focused on the Divine in a variety of ways;
icons, revelations, mysteries and ecstasies, all pointing to the path to
A Guide to
Salvation examines the approach contemporary artists take to
the Divine or to illustrate a creed of his or her own. Dave Hickey
wrote in Art in America, the "Edenic dreamers are transparent, exposing
dreams undisguised and, standing in the light, are completely naked".
artists in this exhibition put forth work bearing both the governing
suggestions of the celebration and devotion to what they hold sacred.
offer to decode the world, provide guidance and attempt to grant
the devoted. Their work suggests the working of miracles, the worship
contemporary icons, hyper intense scenes of ecstasies, end of life
cautionary warnings, and most importantly a simple pathway to a
experience. The artists, whose work is not intrinsically religious,
in the ritual of paying homage to their motivational source and driving
as well as offering deliverance to the chosen. Please join us for an
reception for A
Guide to Salvation on Friday, July 9th from 7:00 to
10:00pm at 1026 Arch St. in Philadelphia.
A native Californian,
curator Hilary Pecis resides
and works in San Francisco, where she is a recent MFA graduate from
California College of the Arts. Pecis' work is a depiction of landscapes
influenced by Internet, television and other media sources. Images and
shards from glossy magazine pages are reassembled into a surrogate image
the new composition in combination with code imbedded drawings of rock
formations. With an interest and focus on the interchangeability of
images and the
capability to perceive and ignore them, Pecis draws
attention to how we are conditioned by the media's overwhelming supply
information. She has been the recent recipient of San Francisco Weekly's
Mastermind Grant and San Francisco Arts Commission's Murphy and Cadogan
Michelle Blade lives
and works in Oakland,
California. Her work is based on exploration and questioning, and points
history, philosophy, spirituality, nature, anthropology and common
both inspiration and fodder. She received a BFA from Loyola Marymont
University and a MFA from California College of
the Arts. Blade's work has been
exhibited through out the US and Europe, with solo shows at Jack Hanley
and Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco. Currently she is directing and
curating exhibitions at Sight School in Oakland, California.
Andrew Schoultz combines meticulous
with imagery both familiar and fantastical. Themes of chaos and
destruction forewarn current political
and environmental climate, taking from in large-scale installations,
paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Schoultz has exhibited his
work widely at galleries including Roberts and
Tilton in LA, V1 in Copenhagen, Morgan Lehman in New York, Marx and
Zavaterro in San Francisco
amongst many others. He currently
lives and works in San Francisco with his furry co-pilot, Kaba Kitty.
Tracy Timmins uses colored pencil to
poetically illustrate the
delicate features of her subject matter. Born in Eugene, Oregon, Timmens
lives and works in both California and New York. In 2006 Timmins
received a BFA from California College of Arts
and is currently a Masters candidate at NYU. She has exhibited her work
Bransten in San Francisco, Hinter Conti in Hamburg, Germany and Roberts
and Tilton in Los Angeles.
Flynn's site-specific installations
incorporate painting, drawing, collage and sculpture by weaving string
complex system of interactions at varying levels. The space she carves
serves as a psychedelic monument
influenced by her interpretations of eastern philosophies, elements of
and the cosmic order. Jana was
born in San Francisco, and earned her BFA from San Francisco State
She received a MFA from Parsons School of Art and Design in Visual Arts
currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited at
Gallery in New York, The Kitchen in New York and Johansson Projects in
attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in
Columbus, Ohio, where he received his BFA in Fine Arts and was awarded a
scholarship to SACI in Florence, Italy, where he focused on ancient art
and Italian cinema. Kasprzak's work deals
with subjects such as: geometry, destruction, displacement, and paranoia
humorous light, which he executes through a variety of mediums.
Kasprzak lives and works in San Francisco
and is currently pursuing his MA at the California College of Art in
Practice. His work has been exhibited in various galleries such as Park
and Baer Ridgeway, both in San Francisco.
Marcie Oakes lives and works in Chicago. She has exhibited her
work at Heist
Gallery in San Francisco and The Northern Illinois University Art
Christian is a Chicago area artist that works primarily with
and ink. His images are active and often psychedelic, but his muted
makes these explosive composition exceptional dreary and almost
received his BFA from Northern Illinois University. He has exhibited at
Western Exhibitions in Chicago,
Synchronicity in Los Angeles and Baer Ridgeway in San Francisco.
Jones is a Los Angeles native living in the Bay Area where she
her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work
is inspired by moments disrupted by the unexpected
in life. She explores the illusions of stability, both structurally and
psychologically under the notion of the home as only an imagined
has exhibited her work at Park Life Gallery and Giant Robot, both in San
Francisco and Krets
Gallery in Sweden.
Space 1026 was
founded over a decade ago by a handful of artists and tricksters
who organize rowdy public events and outrageous installations at their
building and at other institutions. At the heart of Space 1026 is a
communal screen-printing workshop and gallery space for monthly
exhibitions by local and international artists.
Curated by Hilary Pecis
Andrew Schoultz, David Kazprazak, Hilary Pecis, Jana
Flynn, Kelly Lynn Jones,
Marcie Oakes, Michelle Blade, Ryan Travis
Opening Reception: Friday, July 9th
7 -10 pm
June 9th - 30th, 2010
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