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Reception: Friday, March 2, 5:30 – 8 PM
Photographing found and discarded objects, Jaime Alvarez’s Consumption explores intimacy, sentimentality, and loss. The show stems from his 2016 residency at RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) which operates out of a recycling center in North Philadelphia. There, by the process of manipulation and composition, he continued his investigation into the resonance of abandoned objects that were begun in Memento, an earlier series of work.
Alvarez shapes these discarded items by painting them either white or black, thereby muting any differences due to its color or quality of the material. The painting levels off the objects, helping to focus the viewer on its weight, contours, and emotion. Although the figures can often fit into the palm of your hand, his prints are large and almost monumental in size.
The show also includes an installation by the artist based on his current work.
Jaime Alvarez is a photographer based out of Philadelphia. His work questions the world around us, through different themes such as privacy, institutional design, concepts of time, memory and meaning, homogeneity, and as of lately, consumption. The Puerto Rican born Alvarez studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
As part of the exhibition, there will be a free workshop with RAIR, Disposable and Indispensable, on March 24. Learn more and RSVP here.