Think Happy

Gallery One

An exhibition by grad student Zachary Pritchard MFA '14 (Studio Art) featuring brightly colored paper mache sculpture of varying sizes.

Pritchard holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in Sculpture from Buffalo State College. He is an international artist with work in Latvia and Finland, and has shown in such places as Lexington Art League, in Lexington, Ky., Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, Minn., and the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, Mass.

His sculptures use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By choosing mainly formal solutions, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

His work often radiates a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. His works are based on formal associations, which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.

This particular group of sculptures try to laugh off moments of anxiety, confusion, anger, and violence in a nervous fashion. Each one depicts a subjective moment that exists to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. The intent is to have the viewer gain an emotional comprehension of the narrative as opposed to an illustrative story.

Reception: February 22, 6 – 9 p.m.

Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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