A Woodblock for Every Season

 

communitypg1What’s a better way to celebrate your birthday than with friends? And if those friends throw you a fun, creative and easy-access pass into the world of local Philadelphia art, who can complain?

Paradigm Gallery + Studio, reaching the ripe old age of three, is holding a Community Arts Project from March 22 to April 27 and featuring all the artwork local Philadelphians could fit on a 6” x 6” woodblock (and then sometimes a little bit more than that).

If you find yourself wandering Fourth Street with an hour in your pocket and a hankering to see what young Philadelphia has to offer, stop by the impressively renovated gallery at 803 S. Fourth St., where you can see pyramidal or flower-laden pieces of sculptural art next to spectacular examples of inked, painted, pasted, or traditionally cut two-dimensional woodblocks. And if you happen to like a piece so much that you want to make some lonely 6” x 6” spot in your own home just like it? Well, every block is only a $20 suggested donation away.

Each woodblock is unlabeled, which gives the whole process an air of sporting anonymity, but if you’ve got your art appreciation hat (or possibly your World’s Greatest Detective Cowl) on, you’ll spot here and there among wildly different styles some similarities in theme and method. Sean Martorana, for example, put together a collection of richly symbolic pieces, achingly evocative of the first interaction between the nobility of the natural world and Homo sapien artifex. Daniel Zyk’s depiction of autumn has a flow across his three woodblocks that immediately stands out among the singular efforts that surround it.
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The string and glue piece by Caitlin McCormack (who had a verifiable hit at InLiquid’s own Benefit v13) is the sole exception to the twenty dollar suggestion price with an on-going bidding contest. The delightful detailing on the skull flows down to the base where a floral collar gives the diminutive rodent a Shakespearean vibe; an empty eyed Yorrick staring out from a ruffled collar.

With more woodblocks flooding in as the month goes on, it’s certainly worth your spare time to see Paradigm’s offerings and support the local Philadelphia art community.

Susan Shipley is an abstract painter. She paints spontaneously. While enjoying the work of many abstract artists, she finds that the consistency and sameness, while calming, offers little surprise. She prefers to work spontaneous using dramatic colors in a dynamic fashion. The end results fall in the category of abstract expressionism.  Rather than providing calm, she prefers to provoke an immediate emotional response.  A short while ago, she fused and slumped glass creating 3 dimensional work; however, of late she just paints. She received a Ph.D. later in life and practices psychology in the schools with children. Susan is a Baby Boomer and a happy grandma.
Susan Shipley
Susan Shipley

Susan Shipley is an abstract painter. She paints spontaneously. While enjoying the work of many abstract artists, she finds…

Susan Shipley is an abstract painter. She paints spontaneously. While enjoying the work of many abstract artists, she finds that the consistency and sameness, while calming, offers little surprise. She…

Susan Shipley is an abstract painter. She paints spontaneously. While enjoying the work of many abstract artists, she finds that the consistency and sameness, while calming, offers little surprise. She prefers to work spontaneous…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

Arlene Solomon is a collage and mixed media artist who has been studying art for 15 years. Her collages have a definite sense of playfulness and nostalgia.
Arlene Solomon
Arlene Solomon

Arlene Solomon is a collage and mixed media artist who has been studying art for 15 years. Her collages have a definite sense…

Arlene Solomon is a collage and mixed media artist who has been studying art for 15 years. Her collages have a definite sense of playfulness and nostalgia.…

Arlene Solomon is a collage and mixed media artist who has been studying art for 15 years. Her collages have a definite sense of playfulness and nostalgia.…

Jerry Bennett is a paper clay artist in Philadelphia working in functional ceramics.
Jerry Bennett
Jerry Bennett

Jerry Bennett is a paper clay artist in Philadelphia working in functional ceramics.…

Jerry Bennett is a paper clay artist in Philadelphia working in functional ceramics.…

Jerry Bennett is a paper clay artist in Philadelphia working in functional ceramics.…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.
Virginia Joyce
Virginia Joyce

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

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