Disrupted Realism Returns to Stanek Gallery in An Exhibition that Redefines the Figure

Stanek Gallery challenges traditional definitions of figurative painting, inviting local artists whose work reflects the contemporary human experience

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Stanka Kordic, Sleep of Dreams, 2021. Oil on cradled birch panel, 24 x 24 inches.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PHILADELPHIA, PA) April 22, 2021 –  Stanek Gallery, a nationally-recognized, Old City-based pioneer in the gallery community, announced today the opening of upcoming summer exhibition titled “Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure.” Following Stanek Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibition “Disrupted Realism” in 2018, the upcoming “Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure” features new works by painters Jacqueline Boyd, Martin Campos and Stanka Kordic, and will open to the public on First Friday, July 2nd, 2021.


Disrupted Realism, a term coined in an exhibition first held at Stanek Gallery in January of 2018, describes a highly significant tendency in contemporary painting with an international reach. Following the inaugural exhibition, local Pennsylvania publisher, Schiffer Publishing commissioned a book titled “Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World,” written by art historian and curator John Seed in collaboration with Stanek Gallery's second exhibition by the same name. The book and exhibition featured dozens of highly accomplished artists from 6 different countries, with many working and living in Philadelphia. This summer, Disrupted Realism returns to Stanek Gallery in an exhibition that challenges the traditional definition of figurative painting and the role of the figure in contemporary painting.


Over the past year we have become more dependent on virtual experiences to maintain our connections to each other and our world. This has inevitably altered the ways in which humans communicate and consequently influenced the work of many artists. “Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure” presents three artists whose unique approach to depicting the figure in their work reflects this dynamic of the contemporary human experience.


Featured in this exhibition are new works by Stanek Gallery artists Jacqueline Boyd and Stanka Kordic, along with works by Philadelphia-based painter Martin Campos. Each with a distinctive visual language, these artists depict the figure in vastly different modes. With imagination and emotion at the core of creation, their works speak to the contemporary experience of many, dealing with concepts of dreams and reality, past and present, and the inexorable passage of time. The figures in Martin Campos’s paintings emerge from a tangle of rich colors and bold mark-making, often confronting the viewer directly with an arresting stare that is up for interpretation. In contrast, the soft transitions of Stanka Kordic's paintings provide a sense of mystery and fragility, her figures appearing to pass through time and space. Jacqueline Boyd’s paintings are the embodiment of memory, with ghostly figures hidden amongst disrupted interiors.


"Change is inevitable," adds Gallery Owner and Director Katherine Stanek. "The artworks in the realm of Disrupted Realism remind us that intrigue and beauty can be found in those spaces in between."

“Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure” debuts with an Opening Reception on First Friday, July 2nd, 2021 in Old City, Philadelphia. Exhibition Catalogues will be available for purchase at the Opening Reception. The exhibition continues through August 14th, 2021.


“Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure”

Public Opening Reception, First Friday, July 2nd, 5:00-8:00PM


Exhibition continues through August 14th, 2021



Stanek Gallery

242 N. 3rd Street

Philadelphia PA 19106




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Stanek Gallery is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City District. With a signature museum style exhibition program and collaborations with professional curators, Stanek Gallery has become a pre-eminent force in Philadelphia’s art landscape. Dedicated to creating an engaging forum where art can be seen, shared and discussed, Stanek Gallery displays a unique collection of representational and abstract, figurative and conceptual work of exceptional craftsmanship in a wide range of styles, techniques and subject matter.


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