Andrew Chalfen


Artist's Statement

Andrew Chalfen’s abstract geometric work revels in precise, dense pattern-making: ripples, radiance, fractal blooms, and clustered shapes reference aerial views, cartography, architectural renderings, musical notation, urban-like densities, circuitry, and other natural and man-made patterns, many spilling out over edges, suggesting unseen continuations. His process mirrors that of his songwriting and music arranging, involving the repetition of a small selection of formal elements, subtle variation, the timbre of color palate, rhythm, and randomization strategies. Themes include nostalgia, climate change, play, allusions to scientific data visualization, musical expression and notation, architecture, and accelerating social/psychic instability.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2015
Selected Drawings, Aksum Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Two-Person
2019
Patterns of Obsession, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Paintings and Drawings: Andrew Chalfen & Nicole Donnelly, Seeds Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2019
Hatch, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalists, SCOPE, Miami Beach, FL
For the piece "Vibration Lands"

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional, Arch Enemy Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, InLiquid with Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

New Now, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

Chalfen, Andrew Look Up Coloring Book, Thunder Bay Press, 2017 (a collection of 84 pen and ink drawings)

Professional Experience

Album Cover Design
• I Think Like Midnight “This Land Is Your Mind,” 2018
• I Think Like Midnight “Kompromat” Wilber Records, 2018
• I Think Like Midnight “Warm Seclusion Structure" Quadrapus Records, 2014
• The Trolleyvox “Your Secret Safe/Luzerne” Transit of Venus Records, 2008
• The Trolleyvox “Present the Karaoke Meltdowns” Transit of Venus Records, 2006
• The Trolleyvox “Leap of Folly” Groove Disques Records, 2002
• The Trolleyvox “Ephemera for the Future” Groove Disques Records, 1999

Related musical life
I Think Like Midnight

Awards

2019
Apero Fine Art Catalogue, October: Places
3rd place finalist

2018
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist

Collections

Private collections in
Philadelphia, PA
Newtown, PA
New Haven, CT
Lexington, MA
Denver, CO

Education

Continuing Education
2015
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Oil Painting

2003
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Graphic Art and Digital Design

2001-2002
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
3 courses in Graphic Art and Digital Design