Altered Realities

Gallery 224

Curated by third-year MFA students at the University of the Arts, “Altered Realities” features four Philadelphian artists, including alumna/faculty member Christina P. Day BFA ’99 (Crafts), as well as Marc Blumthal, Ryan Wilson Kelly and Tim Portlock. All four artists are participants in the alternative art scene within the city and have shown in numerous spaces.

The exhibition embodies a broad topic of defining what many artists grapple with in their work; that is, memory, loss and how their world is transformed by personal experiences. The artists all deal with these themes in a variety of ways, utilizing the mediums of sculpture, photography and installation.

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Reception: August 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

Crafts Senior Lecturer and alumna Christina P. Day makes free-standing sculptures as stand ins for dimensional space. She is interested in the intersections of person, place and object that are held in found and dated materials. In addition to her BFA in Crafts from UArts, Day received her MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Marc Blumthal is interested in the oneness of that experience and how the world affects us in our personal and political lives. He makes work concerning the personal, familial and communal, because he feels they all have the same goal or at least they’re all working towards some kind of advancement. Blumthal received his MFA from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and his MA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University.

Ryan Wilson Kelly’s work currently involves installations of and performances with the objects he makes. The subject matter comes from American history and folklore, pop culture and mythology. Kelly received an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University.

Tim Portlock was born in Chicago, which inspired his lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and formation of identity. His current body of work is created using 3D-gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the abandoned and foreclosed buildings in biking distance of his home in Philadelphia.

Homepage image: "Sistering" (detail), flush-mounted extracted vintage wallpaper, wall paint, 28" x 32", 2013 by Christina Day.

Anderson Hall
333 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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