Look At Us, DVAA, Rosalind Bloom

Rosalind Bloom, White Faces, collage and text

Look At Us

Artworks by Da Vinci Art Alliance members:
– Rosalind Bloom: collage, transfer print and mixed media installation
– Sarah R. Bloom: photography and mixed media
– Colleen Gahrmann: ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and photographic installations
– Charlotte Schatz: drawings, prints and sculpture

Artist Reception: Sunday July 22nd, from 1-5pm, Artist Talks start at 2pm.

DVAA, the artist run gallery in South Philly, is hosting a group show by member artists exploring subject facts concerning painful, difficult, controversial social memes about race and discrimination. The collection of artwork addresses the theme with an experience design that is engaging, thought provoking, and beautiful; the gallery is arranged to create a flow between art forms, concepts, and compositions. A meme is a unit of cultural information that spreads like a virus from mind to mind; cultural ideas, biological and social anxieties, historic resonance, and deeply packed phycological concepts are transmitted with language, image, gesture and tone. Presenting an art exhibit with disturbing imagery challenges the artists to confront ideas with a plastic language of line, light, shape, and color; social practice connects the conceptual context to an inquiry through mark making, composition, and activity by the artist. Social Practice is an important art movement in the 21st Century, artists are addressing ideas that permeate society that feel too hard to look at, too big to wrap your head around, too ugly and mean that words are not enough to explain.

Artist Rosalind Bloom uses collage to process the unimaginably horrific actions of individuals with scraps, tears, and remnants of paper into bits of information, like tessera in a mosaic, depicting modern monsters and sociopaths as memetic subjects integrated into artwork. The randomness of found object and collage abstracts the visual and textual cues into deep empathic passages of consciousness; the edges of the idea integrated into all the other edges creating a network of concepts in a resonate, communicative unit of cultural information, a meme. Through color and texture, a pathway of thought pattern is coded into neural networks of experience, the dialog is enlivened with hue and tone, shapes overlap and merge into blobs of memory like pseudopodia, and units of information are embedded in mitochondria filaments of emotion and reaction.

 

Look At Us, DVAA

Sarah R. Bloom, photography, Colleen Gahrmann‘s installation

Within the structure of the meme is semiotics, words contain the codes to myth, memory, and self awareness; groupings of alphabetic symbols arranged in circles are informed with memetic patterns of the cultural penetration of the behavioral aberration of patriarchal entities on social fabric; myth is encoded to every fiber of information, each line expressive of experience, and illustrativeness embeds the word pictures into a coalescent narrative. The expressiveness of line and shape provides the superstructure of the concept, action and activity are the engine; line, shape, color, and light are the atomic center of communication.

Social Practice as a plastic tool in the artist’s palette is colored with nuance, liveness, immediacy, and viral transference of units of cultural information; the plane of communication vibrates with energies of a higher level, wave forms that ripple across generations, to be abstracted into objects of resonant fascination. Within the objects are found exquisite beauty, delicate and desirable, with a quality of values, disruptive to culture, engaging the community to communicate on a higher frequency.

Look At Us, DVAA

Charlotte Schatz, sculpture

LOOK AT US – an exhibition hosted @ DVAA in Gallery 1

704 Catherine Street, Philadelphia
July 6th – 29th

Artist Reception: Sunday July 22nd, from 1-5pm, Artist
Talks start at 2pm.

Artworks byDVAA members:
– Rosalind Bloom: collage, transfer print and mixed media installation
– Sarah R. Bloom: photography and mixed media
– Colleen Gahrmann: ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and photographic installations
– Charlotte Schatz: drawings, prints and sculpture

DVAA is proud to host Look at US, an exhibition of works by Rosalind Bloom, Sarah R. Bloom, Colleen Gahrmann, and Charlotte Schatz which critique American culture. This exhibition runs concurrently with the DVAA exhibition in Gallery 2, The City and The Sea.

LOOK AT US is an exhibition of work that addresses issues of contemporary American public concern, some of which are immensely and forwardly pervasive, others which are just as prevalent but often much more subtle. In sculpture, ceramics, mixed media collage, and photography, these artists acknowledge and examine their own privilege, thus opening a dialogue on issues such as gender inequality, social injustice, and the history of American racial tension. In the face of hatred and oppression we all need to own our own complicity.

DVAA thanks our 2018 exhibition sponsors DeFino Law Associates and Seed&Space!

by DoN Brewer

All photographs by Sarah R. Bloom.

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