Building Houses in Our Homes

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Building Houses in Our Homes

June 13, 2019 - July 6, 2019

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An exhibition of PAFA Alumni, produced Sophie Brenneman and curated by Kate McCammon.

Opening Reception: Second Thursday, June 13, 6-9 pm.

PAFA Alum Sophie Brenneman wrote a poem entitled Static, which acts as a catalyst for uniting the various investigations of space and structure in this diverse exhibition Building Houses in Our Homes. This body of work reconsiders the familiar, even comfortable, notions of house and home. The works included in this show allude to isolation, whether by referencing the inaccessibility of human-to-human interaction as a result of the virtual houses we build and inhabit, or by imaging the body-as-house and the psychological impacts contained therein. Is our impulse to build a structure within an existing one and exercise in closing ourselves in; an act of voluntary isolation for self-preservation? Do we build to evoke the illusion of control, or are these our attempts to curate a semblance of what home once was?

There are no
channels on
TV screens anymore,
we’re just watching
sad commercials loop
and holding
our own hands.

We know nothing
is free of meaning
anymore, meaning
we’re just withering
and withouting,
building houses
in our homes.

There are no
outsides in
our daytimes anymore,
we’re just crying
into alphabet soup, listing regrets in noodle letters.


June 13, 2019
July 6, 2019
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Spillway Collective
1400 N. American Street, 100B
Philadelphia, PA 19122 United States
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