March 7 – April 20, 2014
First Friday receptions: March 7 and April 4, 5 – 7pm
Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
InLiquid presents Grafting Ammunition, a solo exhibition by Jillian Sokso, at the Painted Bride Art Center from March 7 – April 20, 2014. Grafting Ammunition is a series of 76 monoprints using relief printing and serigraphy, from which this exhibition will display selected works and a vinyl drawing installation. This work is a product of the collaboration POST NEWARK, and was created with Kevin Shook in 2013. The work was printed at Yellowhammer Press in the Department of Art and Art History at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL. The title of the project, Grafting Ammunition, refers to the ways in which opposing viewpoints draw their arguments. Underlying conceptual themes relate to culture wars, theology and politics.
Sokso is a visual artist working and living in rural western New York state. She studied printmaking at Moore College of Art and Design and the University of Delaware, and she teaches print and drawing media in the Department of Art at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. Sokso’s work is a visual extension of thoughts; part personal archive, part printmaking evangelism. She’s influenced by biographical history, her immediate surroundings of rural western New York State, and pondering connections between humankind and the natural world. Her current research interests surround the history of feminism, gender as a social construct in connection to family structure and occupation or vocation, trophy taxidermy, and the anthropomorphism of furniture. Since 2010 she has worked alongside Kevin Shook as half of the collaborative team POST NEWARK, which uses printmaking, artists books and mail art as narrative tools. Sokso is the recipient of numerous honors and solo exhibitions and has presented many lectures. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections.
Jillian Sokso writes about her art:
“The juxtaposition of organic, natural, landscape-derived images to the fine, detailed, textile-reminiscent patterning makes an interesting contrast. This contrast calls to mind a struggle between allowing nature to be itself, undisturbed, and humankind’s desire to move, shape and alter the landscape for a multitude of reasons.”
Gallery Hours at the Painted Bride Art Center are Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 6pm.