QUARTER SHEET CHALLENGE
Each month we will feature a new artist in this ongoing exhibition series. The one requirement? Prints must be quarter sheet prints (15″ x 11″). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October: Luke O'Sullivan
Artist Statement: I create architecturally inspired sculptures and prints. My art focuses on undiscovered places beneath cities and landscapes. There is a playful nature to my work rooted in my early interests in Nintendo games, maps, and science fiction movies. I like to describe my process as creating a lego set using my own hand drawn pieces. I use those pieces to create elaborate sculptures of cities, labyrinths and fantastical objects. Exploration and adventure are central to everything I make with each drawing and sculpture contributing to an ongoing catalogue of a strange invented world.
O'Sullivan is currently working on new series of sculptures and prints for “Rise and Shine”, a solo exhibition at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The opening reception is on Friday September 22, 6pm-10pm and will be on display through November 11. You can find his work at lukeosullivan.com and @The_Lewko on instagram.
September: Alexandra Harmel
Artist Statement: Prior to 1992, U.S citizens were not allowed to adopt from China, but as relationships between these countries developed, policies changed and an influx of Chinese girls were adopted into white American homes. I grew up in one of those homes, comfortably adapting to a white American culture that is responsible for my Chicago “posh” accent, loud voice, heavy walk, 1980’s inspired clothing style (inherited from my mother), and undercut hairstyle.
In 2011 I returned to China (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou) and despite feeling like an outsider, uncomfortable in a foreign country I was often mistaken for being a local. I had a similar experience in Osaka, Japan last year. I lived there for four months and while the city landscape felt familiar, the culture was not easy to adjust to. Traveling to these places made me aware of the impact my American landscape has had on my development and the ways in which my adoption story loosely ties me to an East Asian landscape.
Recently, I have been answering the question, “where are you from?” initially, through a verbal response, and now through drawing, printmaking, and video as the answer becomes less concrete.