Jun 30, 2016 - Aug 20, 2016
Paradigm - Phillidelphia, PA Antler -Portland, OR Gallery hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat 12:00pm - 6:00pm Gallery hours:M - Sat 11am - 6pm , Sun 11am - 5pm
Review by Danielle Schlunegger-Warner
The opening at Antler drew a large crowd staying packed all evening for Alberta St.'s Last Thursday art walk in Portland. While attending the opening I had the opportunity to speak with the curators and a few of the artists visiting from Philadelphia. Sara McCorriston explained to me that when the two galleries were conceiving the show, they needed to find a theme broad enough that could facilitate two pieces from all the artists. "We gave each other the opposite theme... I see Antler as more of a 'growth' gallery, and Paradigm leans more towards themes of decay... "
The abundance of flowers and animals that were present in these artworks and previous exhibitions show the curators' draw to artists working with themes of nature. This is certainly a true for Antler Gallery. David Rice, Christina Mrozik, Brin Levinson, and Zoe Keller are just a few examples of artists that speak to artists' connection with nature and their reaction to human led climate change. While still within the themes of nature, Paradigm generally seems to curate towards the breakdown, complexities, and the absurdities of being human in a natural world by bringing in artists like Drew Leshko, Caitlin McCormack, Nick Penderson and Jeremy Hush to their roster.
All of the works Growth/Decay can be viewed online and purchased through Antler Gallery & Paradigm Gallery
We live in a time when progress and destruction -- physical, economic, and sociological -- seem to go hand in hand. This theme opens up space to consider the binary nature of the world we live in. The theme was selected as we felt it was universal enough to be explored by the vast majority of artists yet also offered a distinct duality which fulfills the desire to open different shows in each city. Both aspects of the theme needed to be cohesive with the other but also be able to stand alone as its own show in isolation, as all of the "Growth" works will be on display in Philadelphia at Paradigm Gallery and all of the "Decay" works will be on display at Antler Gallery in Portland, with openings less than one week apart. The works may be viewed as stand alone pieces, but many also serve as diptych works.