Mark Blavat, Syd Carpenter, Quentin Morris, David Stephens at Art Around Gallery
Opening Friday, January 19, 2007
From the press release:
Philadelphia, PA- , an exhibit of four accomplished Philadelphia abstract artists: Mark Blavat, Syd Carpenter, Quentin Morris, and David Stephens. The exhibition will continue through February 24th.
Making a rare and long awaited re-appearance, Mark Blavat exhibits his recent abstract paintings. The abyss of his cavernous spaces, imbued by his unadulterated mastery of color, place him comfortably in the company of Cézanne. Blavat is a member of the faculty at Temple University and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in their graduate department. Before going into a ten-year hiding, Mark exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mangel Gallery, and the Painted Bride Art Center, and was a recipient of the MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He received his MFA/MA from the University of Iowa and his BA from Temple University.Syd CarpenterSyd Carpenter’s most recent sculptures are arresting, living in the clay out of which they form and entrap themselves. The body of work fluidly manifests itself into something more, at times residing inside new domiciles of Carpenter’s conjure. Ms. Carpenter is the chair of the Art Department and associate professor of art at Swarthmore College. She received the Pew Fellowship, The National Political Congress of Black Women Chisholm Award, and the Mid-Atlantic National Endowment for the Arts Award. Her work is in collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Philadelphia African-American Museum, and she has exhibited extensively across the country, including the Sande Webster Gallery, the Center for Visual Arts in Denver, and the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. She received her MFA and BFA from Tyler.Quentin Morris
Born out of the practice of Buddhist meditation, Quentin Morris paints with shades and sheens of black. Allowing us to depart from the limitations of our visual experience, Morris silently discerns spaces of our refuge and increase. Morris has been included in exhibitions locally at the Philadelphia African-American Museum, Arcadia University, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Elsewhere, Morris has shown at the Chicago Cultural Center; the Drawing Center, N.Y.; Emory Museum of Art Morris exhibition, and Archaeology, Atlanta; Gray Gallery at East Carolina State University, Greenville, N.C.; and the Museo de Arte Contemporaria, Recife, Brazil. He is represented by Larry Becker Contemporary Art and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
David Stephens’ distinguished and varied career includes exhibitions as well as participation as a teacher, dealer, and administrator (with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts). He has served on the board of the Fabric Workshop, Nexus, the Woodturning Center, the Brandywine Workshop, as well as advised and nurtured many community art programs including those at Taller Puertorriqueno, the Painted Bride, and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Stephens has exhibited at Gallery Joe, the Slought Foundation, the Philadelphia Airport, and Moore College of Art. He has also participated in a residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. In 2003 at the Noyes Museum, he exhibited his work, entitled “144 Crosses for the 144,000,” the fourth in a series of installations generated by his interest in the work of visionary artist James Hampton. Now blind due to the early-onset of glaucoma, Stephens works solely in sculpture. Incorporating Braille into the work, Stephens addresses the complex relationships between violence, technology, and communication.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 19th from 6-9pm. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12- 5:30 pm.
Art Around Gallery
2011 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 972-1644
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