“PICKET FENCES” BY TEXTUAL ARTIST 
GERARD SILVA @ WILLIAM WAY CENTER

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“PICKET FENCES” BY TEXTUAL ARTIST 
GERARD SILVA @ WILLIAM WAY CENTER

March 10 - April 28

Opening Reception: March 10, 2017 6:00-8:00pm

“Picket Fences,” a solo exhibition by textual artist Gerard Silva, will make its debut at the Art Gallery at the William Way Center on March 10 and run through April 28, 2017.

Each of the exhibition’s 26 works on paper has been hand-printed by Silva and culled from a larger group in his “Picket Fences” series, serving a symbol of the way we choose what parts of ourselves to present to a society that makes judgments of approval or disapproval, of acceptance or rejection. While Silva strives for perfection, the hand-printing process produces slight variations that he can’t help but leave for the viewer to pass their judgments on.  “These screen prints relate to our daily lives in which we strive for acceptance; we are selective and we seek some kind of perfection in ourselves and in others,” Silva explains. “And it is this search for perfection in the many roles we all play that leads to insecurities that we have a difficult time admitting to or sharing with someone: insecurities that I’m acknowledging here.  But ultimately, I am who I am.  We are who we are.”

This project originated from the artist’s own frustrations and discouragement while working in his studio, often resulting in insecurities and self-doubt that spilled over into the many other roles in his life: a son, a friend, a gay man, a minority, a citizen, an outcast, a non-white, a non-black, a punk, a skeptic, a sinner, a foreigner, an American.  When pondering how he measures up, Silva’s collective work asks, “Is there a perfect state of being out there? Is the grass greener on the other side? Where is my white picket fence?”

Details

Start:
March 10
End:
April 28
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Website:
http://gerardsilva.com/section/441144_PICKET_FENCES.html

Venue

William Way LGBT Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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