Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Ellen Tiberino, stained glass, Andrea Kruppwoodcut print

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery

Opening night of the Summer Group Show at Twenty-Two Gallery I chatted with artist Andrea Krupp about weekend plans. My plan was to visit the Tiberino compound and draw or paint on Sunday. Andrea didn’t know about the Tiberino family from West Philly, I told her about how they’re all artists, and a loving tight knit family. We talked about the Tiberino brothers and how much they care for their sister, Ellen, and their wonderful Dad, Joe.

Minutes later, Andrea rushed over to tell me that the artwork hanging between her two prints are two stained glass pieces by Ellen Tiberino. Then out of the steamy summer night Ellen showed up and said, “Hi, DoN.” Andrea and Ellen met for the first time that evening, their artwork already friendly on the wall. The similarities between their artwork is striking with naturalistic angles, atmospheric color and contemplative compositions. They both work with materials from the Earth; Ellen uses cut stained glass and Andrea cuts woodblocks to reveal layers of color. The sand, the wood, the natural world are represented in diverse yet complimentary techniques.

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Andrea Krupp

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two GalleryAndrea Krupp, Mountains and Horses, woodcut print

“”We bones, lying here bare, await yours.”

Andrea Krupp is a visual artist whose mission is to go deeper and find meaning through exploring concepts of place and self. The impossibly ephemeral moments of oneness with the world, the moments that begin to end as soon as they are consciously acknowledged, are inspiration for her work. Her artwork reflects the influence of landscape and light, but synthesized, interior and personal. Her primary mediums are painting and printmaking, with a focus on woodcuts.

Andrea lives and works in Philadelphia. She studied Printmaking at the University of the Arts, graduated with honors and a BFA in Printmaking in 1984.  She recently completed two rounds of visual arts residencies in Iceland (2013 & 2014) and has committed to a third round in 2015.

Contrariwise, she is a rare book conservator and published historian specializing in the materiality of the 19th-century book. She is also a book-artist, diarist and word-hoarder.”  – About Andrea Krupp

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Joann Doneen

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Joanne Doneen, Rich Array, mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Rich Array by Joanne Doneen arranges interrelated color fields in layers of order in a particular way. The ornamental arrangement of color is like a thousand shades arranged in bands, the heavy side layer is ethereal and rich, the base layers supporting the organization with the power of color alone, the top layer pressing down creating a display of serious disposition.

“My work is about immensity as it is revealed in each present moment” Excerpt Joanne Doneen artist statement

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Mahdi Saeedi

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Mahdi Saeedi, Untitled 2, acrylic on canvas, 9″ x 12″

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Katherine Sandecki, William Middleton

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Katherine Sandecki, Backwood Mountains, oil on canvas, 12″ x 14″, William Middleton, Model Study, clay, 14″ x 12″

Who says nudes don’t sell? I’ve been a fan of sculptor William Middleton for years and his figure studies in clay are a staple in Twenty-Two Gallery. The classical studies are beautiful and alive with the touch of the artist’s hand but Middleton also creates electronic sculptures that are based on neurons, cellular structures and living systems. Studying the figure informs his modernist sculptures with classical techniques passed down through the ages.

Katherine Sandecki‘s, Backwood Mountains echoes the classics like calling across the lake to hear your own voice bounce back. Even though landscapes have been studied by artists forever, the paintings still offer modern observation of the natural world. The lake scene may mean vacation or relaxation to the modern eye but also looks to the past when painters ventured into the wild to bring scenes of romantic lands to those back home. Landscape paintings describe our world with an eternal language of color and marks, shapes and shadows, lines and smears to explain the experience of the land.

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Phyllis Anderson

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Phyllis Anderson, Lilacs, Emily Dickenson, acrylic on canvas, 40′ x 30″

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Tyler Lyke

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery, Tyler Lyke, Untitled (Red & Yellow), painting, 12″ x 16″, Untitled (Orange), painting, 12″ x 16″

Tyler Lyke calls his artwork paintings only because he uses some paint but he mixes in other media to build up the surface. The pop quality of the stripes, circles and squares are far from minimalist, the density and abundance of material creates meditative compositions that feel familiar yet are fresh and contemporary. Check out Tyler Lyke‘s website to see more of his eye-popping artwork.

Summer Group Show, Twenty-Two Gallery through August 9th, 236 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103. 215-772-1911

HOURS: Wed. thru Sun. 12 Noon to 6 PM or by appointment.

Written and photographed by DoN Brewer except where noted.

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