Exhibition on view until: Monday, September 13, 2021
Rise from your grave to meet your new god.
Pomerium: Ancient Roman city limits inside which it was illegal to bury the dead.
In Pomerium is a forsaken plane, a vacant Eden studded with only the remnants of piety and worship, and inhabited by the works of Roxana Azar, Summer J. Hart, Caitlin McCormack, Emily Selvin, and Allison Sommers. The artworks in this necropolis sprout sinewy and complex systems of overgrowth, reaching out from their desolate landscape towards the light of a new god.
Bleak yet heavily textured environmental elements drape over an extensive, immersive miniature necropolis by Allison Sommers, juxtaposed with sculptural and wall-mounted fetish objects by Emily Selvin and Roxana Azar. Emily Selvin’s stained glass reliquaries and embroideries meet Roxana Azar’s glowing, dichroic photographic works on plexiglass which are reminiscent of gothic windows. Luminous, surreal plant forms by Summer J. Hart accompany the textural canopy, adding punctuations of light and color. These elements commune with unraveling structures, and sculptural amphora by Caitlin McCormack, evocative of medieval tapestry motifs.
Join us In Pomerium for a moment of absolute stillness in an ontological Wasteland. Be aware of the silently creeping new growth from the culmination of these dynamic artists’ works, against the backdrop of a post-human and possibly immaterial world.
About the artists:
Roxana Azar (they/she) is a Philadelphia-based artist whose light art and dichroic plexiglass works utilize photography, digital manipulation, and sculpture to create biomorphic objects and speculative artifacts influenced by science fiction, Persian miniatures, and the Memphis Group. By using vibrant and holographic NASA-engineered materials, a dynamic visual experience of both the image and object is created where there are color shifting shadows, transparency, and reflections all at once. Azar has exhibited their work nationally and internationally and has been featured in Vice Magazine, The Paper Journal, and Elephant Magazine. They received a BFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art and an MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Summer J. Hart (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist living in the Hudson Valley. Her written and visual artworks are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Boomhouse (2022, The 3rd Thing Press) & the microchapbook, Augury of Ash (Post Ghost Press.) Her mixed-media installations have been featured in galleries including Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; and LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.
Caitlin McCormack (she/they) is a Philadelphia-based fiber artist and art educator. Their meticulously crocheted sculptures of disintegrating objects and skeletal avatars have been displayed across the US and internationally in solo and group exhibitions at The Mütter Museum, The Taubman Museum of Art, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Museum Rijswijk, Rhodes Contemporary, Hashimoto Contemporary, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Field Projects and SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC. McCormack’s works have been featured in publications including Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Fiber Art Now, and Bust Magazine. They are an instructor at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received a Joseph Robert Foundation grant in 2021.
Emily Selvin (she/her) began her academic career at Philadelphia Textiles and Sciences studying Geotextile Technology, fiber engineering for the space industry. She then studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she became drawn to glass arts. In 1997, Selvin started her own stained glass restoration business. Currently, she designs and fabricates glass reliquary-inspired boxes that surround her delicate paintings of thread in her “Cataloging of Tiny Death” series, where she collects photographs of dead birds and other animals she stumbles across on her walks; honoring their life by memorializing them in her intricate and delicate embroideries.
Allison Sommers (she/they) is a mixed media artist, working primarily in drawing and installation. They are preoccupied with self-contained worlds and one’s perceived location within them, with nostalgia and loss, and with gender and genitalia on the body. Sommers has exhibited across the US and Europe since 2007, including solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, Oregon, and multiple installations at the Governor’s Island Art Fair (now Portal Art Fair). They are currently located in Berlin, Germany, having moved from NYC in 2019.