Featuring: Eli Smith
3rd Street Gallery presents Spoken in Silence, a solo exhibition by Eli Smith in the Main Gallery from January 31st – February 25th, 2018.
About Eli Smith:
Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist working in oil paint. Most of his work deals with the human figure, with an emphasis on form eliciting emotion. He draws much of his inspiration from his experience growing up with mental disability, specifically his Tourette Syndrome and OCD, as well as his brother’s Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. He uses this personal history as a starting point for creating his imagery.
Spoken in Silence is a series of paintings by Eli Smith which depict statues and sculptural work in some form. In the same way that the original stone works used power, posture and fidelity to describe the human body, Eli repurposes their forms for his series in an attempt to convey an emotional impact. He states that he wants to depict how we see ourselves through the imagery of these monolithic representations of our ideals, since many of the original statues were created as memorials or symbols of power and authority.
About 3rd Street Gallery: The Gallery has been in existence since 1978, opening in its first space on the corner of 3rd and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia. As one of the oldest artist-run, fine art galleries in the City it has been home to thousands of Philadelphia artists. The members are a diverse group of artists of all ages and backgrounds. They are multigenerational, have advanced degrees in the arts as well as the sciences, work in diverse media from the traditional to the digital, range from the classically trained to the self-taught and include arts educators, award-winners, and artists whose work is collected by museums as well as by corporate and private collectors.
First Friday – February 2nd, 5-9 pm
Reception – Saturday, February 10th, 12-4pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm