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A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CHERYL LEVIN WITH WORKS BY AIDAN AND ROBERT PHILLIPS @ DVAA
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January 31st, 2021 – 2pm
Forms for a Continued Life is an exhibition of ink drawings by Cheryl Levin shown alongside sculptures and fragments by her late husband, metal worker Robert Phillips (1962-2012), and their son, Electrical Engineer and Generative Artist Aidan Phillips. This visual art exhibition contrasts weight and form to investigate impermanence, collective grief, and emergence of life from loss. Forms for a Continued Life will be on view physically by-appointment January 28th – February 14th 2021 at Da Vinci Art Alliance and as a recorded video tour on the Da Vinci Art Alliance website.
Cheryl Levin and Aidan Phillips’ minimal works on paper contrast with Robert Phillips’ metal work to tell a story of art intertwined and connected by its forms. Cheryl Levin uses salvaged metal pieces from the studio of her late husband to inspire the shapes for her ink drawings. Since Bob’s death in 2012, Cheryl’s work has become eulogistic in nature. She writes, “I have a desire to form an identity, like a fingerprint of a shape connected by the repetitive line. I call these my Grief Journeys. Whether using Bob’s ‘cut-offs’ or the entire page as its own shape, the sentiment of a Grief Journey remains the same.” Her appropriation of form represents a rebounding through loss and provides formal evidence for a continued life.
Cheryl Levin and Robert Phillips worked together during their 20 year marriage on fine art and commissioned metalwork from their Fishtown studio. Levin’s works presented in Forms for a Continued Life demonstrate an intimate and subtle view into her explorative practice and art making’s mediating nature.