Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City

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Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City

August 26, 2020 - September 13, 2020

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“The past as we know it is not immutable, the present is important because we are daily participants in shaping it, and the future is not something so beyond us that we can just ignore it.”
– John James Pron

John James Pron’s solo-exhibition of fables exploring Philadelphia’s past, present, and future.

Lifelong Philadelphian John James Pron has created a sequence of fables that explore Philadelphia’s past, present, and future for his upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City. From William Penn’s arrival to Philadelphia, to the Bethel Burial Ground, this exhibition reminds viewers that history is created through mythology, and that the myths of our present-day will determine how we perceive our future.

John James Pron collages historical imagery with drawings of cultural and architectural legends to examine the history, myths, stories, and architecture that signify the change of an urban landscape.  As an artist and architect who has lived in Philadelphia his entire life, John James Pron has witnessed the impact that tales like Betsy Ross’ creation of the American Flag or William Penn’s relationship with the Native Americans has on the perception of current issues. His collages in Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City use the fallacies of these origin myths to shed light on contemporary issues and propose practical and visionary solutions for the future.

The partial truths of “historical-accounts” and “breaking-news” have constructed a growing indifference to Philadelphia’s contemporary issues of clergy abuse, the state of our public schools, and the opioid epidemic. However, John James Pron proposes that we, as citizens and conduits of mythology, are capable of shaping history.

Opening Reception and artist talk: August 26th, 6pm
Gallery Hours: by appointment only, email in… or call 215-550-1446

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August 26, 2020
September 13, 2020
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Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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