November 11th – December 16th Artist’s Reception Saturday, November 11th, 6-9 PM Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-4 PM and by appointment
Mount Airy Contemporary
25 West Mt. Airy Avenue Philadelphia PA 19119
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAC is pleased to present StillTime, an exhibition of works by Philadelphia artists Tom Judd, Cindy Stockton Moore and James Rosenthal. All three artists share a concern with how time slows and stretches during moments of transformation, stillness or crisis.
Tom Judd began working on his Diving Figure series after he fell off a ladder while painting his house six years ago - an accident that resulted in a year long rehabilitation. It was a life changing experience. Judd was drawn to images of diving figures and began to incorporate them into his paintings, where the act of diving, for him, read as falling. Figures froze in mid-air, time expanding between the the moment of launch and impact.
'No More We Can Hold' by Cindy Stockton Moore is a pair of site-specific drawings that explores the intersection of urban Romanticism, drawing and the natural environment. The temporary, large-scale work revisits Devils Pool, a contested site of leisure within Philadelphia city limits. In this version of the tableau – created specifically for Mount Airy Contemporary —a frozen scene unfolds. Nature is in the midst of occupation; actions hint at a new narrative of sustenance and subsistence. Simultaneously still and in motion, the figures gather against the coming night. The pair of ink drawings is created to last only as long as the exhibition.
In the paintings included in this show, James Rosenthal depicts World War I battleships, painted in an early modernist style that reinforces the brute physicality of these early 20th century military vessels. In various nautical vignettes, these ships cruise through high seas or sink into the deep ocean. When a ship is sunk, there is some time before it goes under - time that accordions out and slows for those on the boat as they seek shelter off the ship. In that frozen time, the ship hangs suspended before finally dropping out of sight.
We look forward to sharing this work with you.
Mount Airy Contemporary was founded in 2009 by co-directors Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe. Based in northwest Philadelphia, MAC focuses on providing low key, high quality art experiences in an informal residential setting.