WP GALLERY is excited to have an exhibition unique to their gallery program. WP has been striving for diversity and looking for creatives with vision. Every challenge an artist faces should be treated with professionalism and sincerity; from preliminary thumbnails and experiments with color and mark-making; to large artworks and installations that occupy entire rooms. As WP GALLERY goes into their 25th year of selling art in Philadelphia, it is refreshing to go back to the root of every artist’s creations; the mind, the hand and the page. WP Gallery presents the first of many exhibitions from this exciting new collective, ‘The Codex Project’:
“The Codex is an intensive project and exhibition of artists, who are annually invited to create authentic, open-ended artwork individually within a bound book over the course of a year.”
Organized and founded by artists Kaitlyn Basta and Mostafa Darwish in 2018, the Codex Project is a long-term project, with the first of what will be an annual exhibition in January of 2020. In partnership with lead fabricator Bryan DeProspero and gallerist Evan Slepian of WP GALLERY in Philadelphia, PA, the Codex Project seeks to support a community of artists with innovative ideas and who are recognized as having a strong sense of authenticity in their work. Selected participants for the Codex Project work by hand in distinctive styles and methods. The exhibition will display books as pieces in themselves, rather than as supplements or preliminary studies to larger work. The book’s use as a composition is a deliberate choice. The project’s organizers encouraged participants to treat the pages as finished works, to utilize all their books’ pages, and to expand their own sense of quality in their work in whatever sense that means to them. It is an intensive project with only these limitations. The project is meant to encourage artists to question what drives and challenges them, inviting proactive change and potential in as many ways as possible. By showing the artists’ books together in the same format, WP GALLERY hopes to strengthen the idea that the pursuit of quality work is equal, and the differences between the pieces inside them shows how quality is self-defined.
Claire Ball , Kaitlyn Basta, Astrid Bowlby, Elise Broadway, Hillary Butterworth, Ivana Carman, Adrian Cubillas, Denis Dalesio, Mostafa Darwish, Bryan DeProspero, Justine Ditto, Milo Hartnoll, Diego Hiromi, Seppe de Meyere, Maisie O’Brien, Hà Ninh Pham, Joseph Rodriguez, Stuart Shils, Megan Webb