Abandoned: Andrew Walker MFA '10

Blick Art Materials

This exhibit by Andrew Walker MFA '10 (Painting) is part of a collaborative effort between the University of the Arts and Blick Art Materials that showcases the talent of UArts students and alumni.

Walker has been working with the subject of abandoned buildings for several years. He currently is photographing and cataloguing abandoned houses in Philadelphia in order to bring attention to this large problem.

In 2011, he projected images of these buildings onto a nine-story building on Broad Street. In 2012, he also completed a project in the UArts-owned vacant lot at 313 South Broad Street called Renewed Urban Studio Tent. It was an artist studio that was made entirely from recycled materials and brought attention to the many abandoned properties in Philadelphia. There was a large collage made of clay tiles that documented the many houses in need of help.

In this current show at Blick, he continues his study of this powerful subject. In this series of digital banners, we see the enormity and grandeur of these buildings. There is a tragic beauty to their presence.

He has shown in the Painted Bride, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Wayne Art Center, and has a permanent sculpture in the Kimmel Center.

In addition to his MFA from UArts, Walker has a BA in Art History from La Salle University and a Masters in Education from Arcadia University.

Opening: June 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

Blick Art Materials
1330 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

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