Alternative Realities

C_Day_Casement Chrissy Day 1999 BFA UArts

The University of Arts will host an exhibition of four Philadelphian artists from August 8-16th, 2013 at Gallery 224, Anderson Building, 333 South Broad Street. Reception will be held on August 8th from 6-9pm.  The show, curated by Third Year MFA Students, features the artwork of Marc Blumthal, Christina P. Day, Ryan Wilson Kelly and Tim Portlock.  All four are participants in the alternative art scene within the city and have shown in numerous spaces.

The exhibition, entitled “Alternative Realities,” embodies a broad topic of defining what many artists grapple with in their work; that is, memory, loss, and how their world is transformed by personal experiences.  The artists all deal with these themes in a variety of ways, utilizing the mediums of sculpture, photography and installation.

For additional information, contact Beth Scher at bscher@uarts.edu

Marc Blumthal is interested in the oneness of that experience and how the world affects us in our personal and political lives.  He makes work concerning the personal, familial, and communal, because he feels they all have the same goal or at least they’re all working towards some kind of advancement.  Blumthal received his MFA from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and MA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University.  www.marcblumthal.com

Christina P. Day makes free standing sculptures as stand ins for dimensional space.  She is interested in the intersections of person, place, and object that are held in found and dated materials.  Day received her MFA Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. www.chrissyday.com

Ryan Wilson Kelly’s work currently involves installations of, and performances with the objects he makes.  The subject matter comes from American history and folklore, pop culture and mythology. Kelly received an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University. www.ryanwilsonkelly.com

Tim Portlock was born in Chicago which inspired his lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and  formation of identity. His current body of work is created using 3D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the abandoned and foreclosed buildings in biking distance of his home in Philadelphia.  www.timportlock.net

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