September 14 - November 10, 2018
Rochelle Toner: Tying a Knot in a Cherry Stem
Recent abstract watercolor drawings and collages by this masterful Philadelphia printmaker. New works are complemented by a selection of prints and objects from the artist's idiosyncratic personal collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a 16-page brochure featuring 12 color images and a newly commissioned essay on Toner's work by JudithTannenbaum.
“Over the years my work has evolved, becoming less specifically referential. However abstract some pieces or series may seem, they have always had a referent, a source or a point of departure in the world of nature and human interaction. Over the years, I came to notice that my work’s single most important theme or common denominator is the concept of dynamics, defined by Merriam-Webster as a branch of mechanics dealing with ‘forces and their relation primarily to motion but sometimes to the equilibrium . . . of bodies; . . . a process of change, growth, or activity . . . variation and contrast in force or intensity.’ ”
- Rochelle Toner
Rochelle Toner: Tying a Knot in a Cherry Stem is made possible by special project support from the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.
"In Philadelphia galleries: A former Temple dean gets her close-up," The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com, Edith Newhall, October 28, 2018 pdf
Conversation + Book Launch: Rochelle Toner, Collage Drawings 1873 – 2018
October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lauren Pakradooni: Static Slip
The exhibition features the work of an emerging Philadelphia artist whose practice begins with printmaking and expands into sculpture.
“I am consistently expanding and inventing new ways of using print techniques that experiment with implied dimension, low-relief, and sculptural applications of print media” says Pakradooni. “Imagery is screenprinted and then seamlessly applied to sculpted forms, to create trompe l'oeil or faux surface texture. Traditional intaglio and relief prints are embossed, giving the paper a sculptural quality that becomes visible in raking light.”
- Lauren Pakradooni
Artist Lecture & BYO Social
Lauren Pakradooni and Second State Press
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00pm