CURATED BY MARC BLUMTHAL
SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 28, 2016
They work in new media, photography, poetry, sculpture and sound. They use minimalism as a form of protest. They abstract, exploring themes of death, disaster, loss and unrest. They manipulate ambiguous forms to ask existential and rhetorical questions.
Presenting work by Sarah Anderson, Brandon Coley Cox, Micah Danges, Christina P. Day, Susan Fang, Randy Grskovic, Dan Haun, Sascha Hughes-Caley, Jacque Liu, MOUTH, Theo Mullen, Matt Neff, Heather Ramsdale, Jonathan Santoro, and Jessica Vaughn.
THEY is an exhibition of 15 interdisciplinary artists curated by Marc Blumthal. They work in new media, photography, poetry, sculpture, and sound. They use minimalism as a form of protest. They abstract, exploring themes of death, disaster, loss, and unrest. They manipulate ambiguous forms to ask existential and rhetorical questions.
Using the language of minimalism to contain the empathic, THEY surveys the work of 15 interdisciplinary artists whose work spans the breadth of new-media, poetry, and sculpture. Finding common ground in the photographic, signifiers to form, place, and identity are presented as ambiguous signs for memory to abstract, creating a space where the infinite takes precedence over the finite. However dissociative this body of work becomes, the familiar is important in summoning any existential questions the forms may question.
THEY presents work by : Sarah Anderson, Brandon Coley Cox, Micah Danges, Christina P. Day, Susan Fang, Randy Grskovic, Dan Haun as @h1def, Sascha Hughes-Caley, Jacque Liu, TJ Ghose as MOUTH, Theo Mullen, Matt Neff, Heather Ramsdale, Jonathan Santoro, and Jessica Vaughn.
Marc Blumthal is an artist, curator, and master printer whose work uses photography as a material to define and abstract the finite, often using found images and pre-existing systems. Looking at identity and how it is collectively defined through loss, memory, and surveillance, his body of work weaves between the personal and private, and sometimes engaging that of his alter ego Mark Blumenthal.
In 2015 he mounted Super Cuts, a solo exhibition at NAPOLEON Gallery in Philadelphia that removed the viewer from physical interactions with the exhibition by building a wall and streaming the work on screens outside the gallery. Other recent curatorial projects include Negotiations With The Other Side, an installation of performance documentation, sculpture, and new video work by Sascha Hughes-Caley at NAPOLEON, and Lost In Transit at SOIL Gallery in Seattle. In 2013 he presented a solo exhibition as installation entitled Gift Shop at The Print Center in Philadelphia.
Currently living in Philadelphia, he teaches in the printmaking department at the University of Pennsylvania and in the foundation program at Delaware County Community College and Drexel University. He holds a BA & MA from Eastern Illinois University and an MFA from the school of design, University of Pennsylvania.
His work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and can be found in numerous private collections in California, France, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. He is a member of the Philadelphia-based artist collective NAPOLEON and has lectured at Washington College in Chesterton MD, and Moore College of Art and Design and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.