Red Coral (detail), 2020 | Acrylic on Canvas | Kristen Osgood Lamelas
On View February 25 – April 4, 2022
Opening Reception | Friday, February 25 | 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Featured Artists: Heidi Brueckner, Iva Fabrikant, Andrew Gimblet and Kristin Osgood Lamelas
Heidi Brueckner, Painting
Brueckner’s work focuses mostly on cultural allegories and norms conveyed through a collage-like juxtaposition of figurative imagery, symbolism, and elaborate patterning. Often the figures personify the precarious, dark, grotesque, and sleazy side of human nature, subjects by which she is continually fascinated.
These topics seem to require, and in fact dictate, frontal, discomforting, and intrusive compositions. Brueckner revels in playing with bright color and pattern, tilted and flattened space, and distorted form to achieve this needed psychological expression and visual activity, but also to create an element of humor and fun.
Iva Fabrikant, Sculpture
Book Room Gallery
Fabrikant works with recycled materials, with which she explores fluid, natural forms balanced with rigid and geometric features. She is inspired by the curved volumes of the human body and by the twisting and mysterious shapes she sees in plants and rock formations. She observes and sketch these objects, and later uses them as a jumping off point in her studio to make fleshy, alien beings that feel at once curious, familiar, absurd, and enticing.
Andrew Gimblet, Photography
Tile Room Gallery
Andrew Gimblet is a fine art street photographer from Philadelphia USA.
“When I am in the streets it is my happy place. I am constantly people watching and looking for a scene, and tend to use atmosphere, light and shadow against the backdrop of my great city to tell whatever story I am conveying. I mainly shoot in color, though I see only the many shades of blacks, whites and grays as it brings the emotion for me that I would like to share with the world. I tend to shoot a lone figure, finding a connection to represent their feelings.” – Andrew Gimblet
Kristin Osgood Lamelas, Painting
Community Arts Gallery
Kristin Osgood Lamelas was a Philadelphia born artist. She received both her BFA and MFA at Moore College of Art and Design. She donated a kidney to her father in 2011. Since then, her mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her own body. In her most recent work, she explored the issue of how environmental toxins and climate change affect her body and the earth. This exhibition was installed posthumously on her behalf by Laura Petrovich-Cheney.
“Kristen was such a bright light in this world and her light shines on in her beautiful daughter, and in all the memories that her husband, mother, sisters, and friends hold close. She was a high school photography teacher at West Deptford, NJ. She and I had gone to graduate school at Moore College of Art & Design together and her dream was to have a solo exhibit at Abington Art Center like I had done in 2013.” -Laura Petrovich-Cheney