Featuring InLiquid Artist Jeffrey Stockbridge
Opening Reception, Friday, May 5, 2017
May 5 – June 2, 2017
319 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA
SAVERY GALLERY presents Kensington Blues, the recently completed body of work by Philadelphia-based artist Jeffrey Stockbridge, in an upcoming exhibition on view May 5th – June 2nd 2017. There will be a reception for the artist and book signing on Friday, May 5th starting at 5pm.
Jeffrey Stockbridge’s first solo exhibition at the gallery coincides with the publication of his book by the same name, and features several large format color photographs (shot with a 4×5 film camera) of men and women caught in the grip of drug addiction and prostitution along Kensington Avenue in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his large framed works, Stockbridge has created a special installation for the exhibition that reveals the magnitude of his five year long documentary project. Comprised of 125 8×10 inch photographs, audio recordings, and written transcripts of interviews he conducted with his subjects, Stockbridge brings to light the personal stories behind his haunting images.
In the Artist’s words: “The focus of my work is portraiture… I am interested in how people survive the neighborhood and themselves. I ask residents to share their stories and I record the audio or have them write in my journal. The goal of my work is to enable people to relate to one-another in a fundamentally human way, despite any commonly perceived differences. I rely on the trust and sincerity of those I photograph to help me in this process.”