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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    antique decorative objects from her mother s family prosperous Boston merchants who used Chinese export porcelain as ballast in their ships Inspired by these two seemingly disparate family narratives Hatch became an artist with a life long passion for the decorative arts and the dialog between old and new She has developed a robust studio practice that encompasses both works of art and design for industry keenly aware of the different concerns and goals of each while engaging with the ambiguity of objects that seem to exist in both the decorative and fine art realms Reverie her first exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance is inspired by what Hatch describes as her continued effort to claim the functional surface of the dinner plate as a painting surface Drawing from 18th and 19th century plates from her family s own collection Hatch has created a series of plate paintings in which design elements from source plates are drastically scaled up and applied in a matrix on a grid of new plates forming an image all its own In response to the domestic history of the Philadelphia Art Alliance once a private home Hatch has also created wallpaper called Tea For Two Working closely with curators at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown MA Hatch studied the teacup collection of Francine and Sterling Clark and began painting teacups and designing a pattern that employed both their intricate surface designs and their silhouettes The resulting wallpaper invites the viewer to contemplate this complex identity is it a work of art or is it decoration and can it be both and provides no definitive answers only provocative questions In addition to her exhibition at the PAA Hatch s work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition New Blue and White at the Museum of

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/molly-hatch-reverie/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    piece in this exhibition is a work of trompe l oeil mastery A vanitas painting that appears to glow from within is actually a cast glass frame containing three dimensional objects illuminated by sunlight mirrored balloons appear vulnerable to bronze arrows a magpie gazes down at his reflection recognizing himself in a glass jar that contains shiny objects Her highly individual approach includes a combination of blown and cast glass pâte de verre mirror and found objects giving life to an array of works inspired by historic interiors superstition and the power of illusion Artist Statement My work captures and animates liminal moments revealing a world in which objects beings and places are interconnected in a state of flux I appropriate objects that exist in the world as a device to engage a universal audience Through spatial configuration context and material I use their context as objects to bring about an extended dialogue I use glass in my sculpture to encourage reflection both physically and metaphorically in the viewer It is the transparency of glass a solid state of atmosphere that simultaneously reveals and barricades that I find most compelling Through the intrinsic material properties and historical associations with glass I use the medium to create installations that speak of human emotion cultural identity and the passage of time This results in a seamless rendering of surface that appears free from human touch Biography Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University and a First Class Honors BFA from the University of Wolverhampton England She has worked studied and taught in Japan the UK and the US She earned a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination for Excellence in Glass in 2008 and the first Hans Godo Frabel Award for Outstanding Achievement

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/presence-in-the-past-new-work-by-joanna-manousis/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    term used to describe an illustration or to explain the symbols on a map Cobb s premise and installation concept reflect a desire to situate her work in the storied wood paneled galleries of the PAA with the aim of giving visitors the impression that they have been invited into an eccentric and wondrous library Cobb s mastery of CAD computer aided design has allowed her to develop a vocabulary of forms in unusual materials such as photopolymers which lends her neck pieces earrings and brooches the extraordinary precision and specificity required by her ideas The descriptive titles and captions are meant to encourage further interpretation of the objects Cobb says and through the juxtaposition metamorphosis and abstraction of representational forms my work is intended to captivate the imagination The exhibition includes a station where viewers may record their own endings or responses to the stories on view as inspiration strikes them and these responses will be shared online at http legendsjewelryexhibition tumblr com Emily Cobb recently earned an MFA at Tyler School of Art Temple University in Philadelphia with a major in Metals Jewelry CAD CAM and she is currently focused on creating work with 3D modeling software and

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/legends-studio-jewelry-by-emily-cobb/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    Stick lets Reconnecting Urban Children with Nature Christina Kazakia B Y O B Build Your Own Building Halee Bouchehrian phenomenArch Examining Accessibility Ridership of SEPTA Alison Merrick Diamond Research Scholars Program Temple University Vacant Lots and Vegetation Dynamics across Philadelphia 1999 2009 Zachary Christman Rowan University and Hamil Pearsall Temple University Into the Fold Brittany Schrum and Meghann Hickson in collaboration with The Free Library of Philadelphia In a State Far From Equilibrium The Think Tank That Has Yet to be Named HONEYSTONE Hexagonal Modular Deck System with Prevegetated Greenroof Modules Joel Erland and Kate Kaman HumanKind Design A Day by the Goat Julie Lorch Jon Wilson The Lure the Perch Jason Austin Austin Mergold Jack Fanning Temple University Sneha Patel Temple University Sally Reynolds Olin SHIFT Nicolas Coia Experience Designer at CloudMine and Dominic Prestifilippo Design Researcher Strategist in collaboration with Dillon Mahmoudi Cynwyd Recumbent Tricycle Scott White in collaboration with Cohen Metals Lynne Rain Sew Fast Mending and Alterations Chris Leswing Cynwyd Heritage Trail Planner PHILLY STAKE Mira Sophia Adornetto Eric Blasco Mallary Johnson Hannah de Keijzer Dave Kim Alyssa Maloof Brett Mapp Theresa Rose Lauren Rosenblum Ruth Scott Elliot Strathmann Kate Strathmann Annemarie Vaeni and Jonathan Wallis VIADUCTgreene A Continuous and Connective Vision for the Former Philadelphia and Reading Rail Line Aaron Goldblatt Liz Maillie Leah Murphy and Paul van Meter The Food Trust Photographer Tyrone Turner Philly Fuel Co Will Belcher Molly Henry Andrea Landau Chris Landau Danni Sinisi and Autumn Visconti The Kiosk First Edition Rent A Grandma Amy Linsenmayer and Eliza Stamps in collaboration with The Best Day of My Life So Far senior writing workshop participants and coordinator Benita Cooper ReStore The Resource Exchange and Manyunk Timber Structure and Surface Judy Hellman Director of Special Projects City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/philadelphia-qualities-of-life/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    Adam Wallacavage s highly imaginative chandeliers In constructing octopus and other creature inspired chandeliers and lighting fixtures Wallacavage utilizes traditional techniques of ornamental plastering including large cast plaster work as well as hand sculpting pieces from epoxy clay His initial work inspired Wallacavage to continue to experiment in form color and technique leading him to develop unique glazes and application techniques that give his pieces a vibrant shimmer Wallacavage also

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/shiny-monsters-an-installation-by-adam-wallacavage/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    based traditions of the 19th century Culling her imagery from the internet as well as other graphic sources such as magazines or product designs Wylie displaces the content of these images from their origin and creates new forms that play with the concepts of ornament composition and spatial illusion The meaning of the original image is stripped of its significance and given over to a structure that becomes decorative Some flat screen prints are molded into elegant amorphous patterns resembling a patchwork quilt while other works screen printed directly onto the wall are rendered as three dimensional objects More specifically Wylie s prints are reminiscent of the Victorian craft of découpage in which women used scraps or prints purchased or cut from periodicals to ornament screens worktables or small rooms Her installations embody the technical mastery of the complex processes of screen printing and the traditions of Victorian craft and showcase Wylie s ability to use these techniques in innovative ways Eva Wylie received her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in 2003 and received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in 2006 Wylie s work has already been professionally recognized by many prominent institutions in the region

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/flat-out-screen-print-installation-by-eva-wylie/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    points His floor and pedestal pieces demonstrate his kiln casting technique a process by which he layers hundreds of varied parts and glaze materials within the confines of a mold that is capable of being fired After the firing the mold is broken away revealing singular elements fused together to create a unique whole Fujita also creates forms from wood using the same process of layering smaller singular forms to create larger pieces Periphery exhibited Fujita s new ceramic work as well as a life sized tree made of wood that was constructed within the gallery Fujita s work captures the mood and sensibility of his surroundings often combining the beauty of nature with the built environment along with conceptual aspects such as the time labor and craft involved in creating the work Fujita received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute Before being awarded the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship from the Clay Studio in Philadelphia 2009 he spent time working and teaching in Portland Oregon As an emerging artist he has been included in group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the country including

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/periphery-multimedia-works-by-michael-fujita/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    her first solo exhibition in Philadelphia held in the first floor galleries at the Philadelphia Art Alliance from January 2 2012 to April 23 2012 Donnelly s process is as intriguing as the finished product The artist first applies a monoprint to hand woven cloth then un weaves and reweaves the cloth into two separate mirror images Donnelly describes this process as a way of rendering the work a literal

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/andrea-donnelly-binary/ (2016-02-12)
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