Gallery Talk: Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers on Robert Overby
September 20, 2023
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
Join us for a conversation between our Director of Exhibitions, Sid Sachs and artists Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers on the work of Robert Overby (on view through Oct 7). The talk is free and open to the public, and is being held in our gallery.
Jonathan Santoro is an artist based in Philadelphia working in sculpture and installation. His work considers the slippages between form and language to explore alienation, societal fractures, and the human condition as seen in contemporary American life. Creating compound visual misnomers that literalize figures of speech in concretized form, the work employs pop cultural reference, humor, and cartoonish intervention to undercut tragedy. Solo exhibitions include: In Praise of Folly at Peep Projects in 2023 and Always Chasing Rainbows at Moore College of Art and Design in 2021. Other recent projects include exhibitions with New Scenario, High~Tide, Lord Ludd, EFA, Ki Smith gallery, and the Brooklyn Army Terminal for Kara Walker Presents: The Colossus of Rutgers. Jonathan received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2020 and was an Artist-In Residence at the University of the Art’s iLab from 2022-2023.
Meredith Sellers is an artist and writer based in Philadelphia. Conflating the centuries-old concept of the painting as a window with the infinite windows of the digital screen, her works utilize images appropriated from stock photography, digital advertisements, art history, and news media to examine systems of power and violence. Sellers holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Fragment Gallery (NY, NY). She has exhibited at Workplace (London, UK), Take It Easy, Atlanta, USA, (2022); Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at UArts, Philadelphia, USA, (2021); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA (2013); Lord Ludd, Vox Populi, Icebox Project Space, and Pressure Club, among others. Her work has been featured in Art Papers, Young Space, Maake Magazine, and White Column’s Curated Artist Registry. She is an editor for Philadelphia-based online art publication Title Magazine; her writing has appeared in publications including Hyperallergic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ICA Philadelphia’s Notes, Pelican Bomb, and American Craft Magazine.