The Kelicia Project. Una Nueva Posibilidad
May 8 – June 9
Second Thursday reception May 9, 6 – 9 pm
Crane Arts Building
1400 North American Street
Influenced by Latin American and African mythology and folk art, in this exhibit Henry Bermudez creates wall-sized cut paper collages combined with giant cut-out photos featuring Kelicia Pitts, a fine art model and local curator. The installation also represents the latest art collaboration of Ms. Pitts’ ongoing “The Kandy Project,” in which she acts as the primary model/subject for a visual artist’s body of work.
For Bermudez, The Kelicia Project. Una Nueva Posibilidad connects his memories of being a young art teacher in the village of Bobures, Venezuela to his present day experiences teaching art at a youth program in North Philadelphia. Bermudez reflects on the similarities and differences of the communities of African descent in each place and the significance of these two moments in his life as an artist.
Henry Bermudez attended the National Schools of Art in both Venezuela and Mexico and studied in New York City’s Art Student’s League, as well as in Rome, Italy. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia and the United States. He was selected to be the Venezuelan representative for the 1986 Venice Biennale and has been the subject of numerous articles. Since returning to the U.S. in 2003, Bermudez has been based in Philadelphia, has worked with the Mural Arts Program on several major projects, and maintains an active studio and exhibition schedule.
Opening Reception sponsors:
The public hours for the Crane Arts Building are noon – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday, and until 9 pm on the Second Thursday of each month.
Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.