Philadelphia Sculptors is proud to announce the sixteenth year of 5 into 1, its annual exhibition showcasing the works of emerging sculptors. The exhibition highlights the achievements and artistic merit of selected artists from five Philadelphia colleges and universities: Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts and University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition will be on view in The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, from Friday, May 29 – Saturday, July 25, 2015. The opening reception is on Friday, May 29, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, with a special presentation by the Schuylkill Center’s Environmental Art Director, Christina Catanese, preceding the reception from 6:00 – 6:30 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Continuing its commitment to both emerging arts professionals and emerging artists, Philadelphia Sculptors has selected Jacintha Clark and Samantha Lynch to curate the exhibition, with support by the 2013 5 into 1 Project Manager, Adam Mazur. Jacintha Clark is a prolific practicing artist whose work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including 2013’s 5 into 1. Samantha Lynch is a practicing artist and is an active member of Philadelphia Sculptors’ Steering Committee. Adam Mazur’s return to Philadelphia Sculptors as the Project Manager represents a commitment to the further improvement of the program. As the Curator for 5 into 1 in 2013, his efforts in administrating the exhibition resulted in increased attendance and engagement during the opening reception.
Individual works are juxtaposed with one another to illuminate contrasting ideals, concepts, and materials that then coalesce into a brightly stimulating exhibition. 5 into 1 provides soon-to-be graduates with a special opportunity to exhibit their art in a professional gallery, and presents the public with a way to enhance the experience of visiting the art destinations along the Parkway. This exhibition celebrates the strengths of young artists as credits to their individual institutions as it also reveals the value of the statement made by a unified show. The selected artists are:
MOORE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
- Victoria Lattanzi has been focusing on the idea of beautiful decay through the process of Tibetan papermaking. Her works are composed of multiple handmade sheets that are torn, punctured and stained. They are then assembled together to create temporary soft sculptures that are meant to emulate a sense of simultaneous growth and deterioration.
- Jessica Lawrence is based in Philadelphia and is interested in digital image making and installation based art.
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS
- Nadine Baeuharnois creates works that merge the common notions of sculpture and painting.
- Emily Elliott works in between painting and sculpture to mimic conditions of atmospheric spectacle bonded with emotional response.
- Zach Zecha has had work published in various artist catalogs and has been featured once on Saatchi’s artist website. Zecha’s work incorporates painting, video, and installation as a form of artistic language.
TYLER SCHOOL OF ART
- Alicia Courtney McCloskey creates work that is constructed through glass objects that evoke nostalgia through their history in the home environment.
- Casey Poehlein uses found objects, often from thrift stores, or discarded items, along with photographs often taken from her phone or her point and shoot 35mmn to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional collages.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
- Abby Davailus combines found or thrifted furniture with human hair, creating an attraction-repulsion experience for her audience.
- Krystal Gorman uses figure modeling as a basis for her sculptures and incorporates themes of nurturing and decay with her use of unconventional materials and concepts.
- Natalie Reichman frequently involves social engagements and interactive theatrical objects in her work. Recent works include mask making for Carlo Gozzi’s The Green Bird directed by Aaron Cromie and a show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
- Natessa Amin is a co-director of FJORD, an artist-run space located in Kensington. Her works incorporate various unconventional materials, including cardboard, inkjet prints, pigments, and wood
- Michelle Wang forms intuitive interactions and communications between subjects in her pieces by arranging sequences of activities involving sculpted objects, sound, still and moving imagers.
Continuing the sustainable art theme initiated in April at the inaugural event of the PS Dina Wind Lecture Series, Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art for the Schuylkill Center, will begin the evening’s program with a presentation, “Novel Ecologies: Exploring Art, Environment, and Community” Catanese will also present a “Best in Show” award to one of the exhibiting artists during the opening reception. All artists will receive a student membership in Philadelphia Sculptors, as well as a membership from the International Sculpture Center.
The public is invited to attend the free presentation at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 29, and the opening reception, which follows from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Moore College of Art & Design is located at 20th Street and The Parkway in Philadelphia. The exhibition will be open to the public from May 29 – July 25, 2015. Gallery hours during the exhibition: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The gallery is closed during all academic and regular holidays.
Additional support for this exhibition is provided by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Sculptors, and the International Sculpture Center.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA SCULPTORS
Philadelphia Sculptors is the only professional organization of sculptors in the Philadelphia region. Incorporated in 1997, its mission is to promote contemporary sculpture and serve as an advocate for sculptors by expanding public awareness of the role and value of sculpture within our culture. Since its inception, it has organized numerous indoor and outdoor juried and non-juried group exhibitions at both traditional and non-traditional venues and has sponsored programs, conferences, workshops and performances. Membership is open to all.