Stanek Gallery Reopens to the Public with Focus on Local Talent
"Shifting Perspectives" exhibition presents vibrant and fresh artwork by Philadelphia artists, communicating a message of hope and joy in the wake of Covid-19 shutdowns.
From left to right: Nicole Michaud “Heirloom,” 2020, oil on canvas, 32 x 32 inches;
Carson Fox, “Sweet Potato Cactus Flower,” 2020, resin and sand, 19 x 12 x 11 inches.
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) September 15, 2020 – Stanek Gallery, a nationally-recognized, Old City-based pioneer in the gallery community, announced today the new autumn exhibition titled “Shifting Perspectives,” featuring exciting new works from three artists with something to say after several months in quarantine. The new exhibition opened to the public on First Friday, September 4th, 2020, and continues through October 31st, 2020.
“When we were instructed to close our doors in March, we had no idea it would be nearly 6 months before we could invite visitors into the gallery again. With so much uncertainty, we are left with a consistent feeling of uneasiness as we grasp for a sense of normalcy,” stated Katherine Stanek, Owner and Director of Stanek Gallery. “The new paintings by Nicole Michaud and Michael Bartmann, and the sculpture by Carson Fox, capture this feeling in a way that reminds us why art is essential to remaining optimistic and navigating a way forward. All three artists have studied art in Philadelphia and their traditional training informs their process without restricting it. The imagery is unexpected and challenging norms. It’s bold, confident and forward thinking—exactly what we need right now.”
Amidst the turmoil of a global pandemic, local Philadelphia painters Michael Bartmann and Nicole Michaud have each developed powerful new bodies of work that challenge the perceptions and perspectives of the viewer. Brooklyn based sculptor Carson Fox’s version of a three dimensional world that is precarious yet playful harmoniously completes the exhibition with bold, joyful, brightly colored works. “Shifting Perspectives” provides a fresh new lens through which we may view the world, a lens constructed of three artists’ unique views, imaginations, and expertise.
Michael Bartmann’s urban exteriors and industrial interiors come alive before the viewer, begging us to enter these storied, abandoned spaces, meticulously planned in graphite and rendered in paint. The paintings and mixed media works of Nicole Michaud provide a glimpse into the artist’s contemplation on femininity, vulnerability, strength and transformation through the rich metaphor of fruit and seeds. On the heels of a major art installation in the new Charles Library at Temple University, Carson Fox brings the same vibrant and whimsical resin sculptures to Stanek Gallery, conveying notions of history, memory, balance and chaos through their abstract forms. “Shifting Perspectives” initiates the reopening of Stanek Gallery with an Artist Reception on First Friday, October 2nd, 2020, in Old City, Philadelphia.
In the interest of safety, Stanek Gallery adheres to all necessary social distancing practices including limited attendance during the reception. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and schedule a specific visit time.
Public Opening Reception, First Friday, October 2nd, 6:00-9:00PM
Exhibition continues through October 31st, 2020
242 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
About Stanek Gallery
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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Elizabeth McClafferty, Gallery Manager