Spoken in Silence, Works by Eli Smith
Jan
31
to Feb 25

Spoken in Silence, Works by Eli Smith

Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist working in oil paint. Most of his work deals with the human figure, with an emphasis on form eliciting emotion.
He draws much of his inspiration from his experience growing up with mental disability, specifically his Tourette Syndrome and OCD, as well as his brothers' Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. He uses this personal history as a starting point for creating his imagery.
Spoken in Silence is a series of paintings by Eli Smith which depict statues and sculptural work in some form. In the same way that the original stone works used power, posture and fidelity to describe the human body, Eli repurposes their forms for his series in an attempt to convey an emotional impact. He states that he wants to depict how we see ourselves through the imagery of these monolithic representations of our ideals, since many of the original statues were created as memorials or symbols of power and authority.

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Point, Sculptures by Bethany Rose Rusen
Jan
31
to Feb 25

Point, Sculptures by Bethany Rose Rusen

I am interested in exploring the body as an interface for how we navigate the world, how we use it to form relationships with ourselves and with others, and how it functions within our visual culture to help us more fully understand ourselves and the society we move through. The physical body is the lens through which I experience my own sense of self; my psychological and emotional state is intimately tied to the state of my physical body, whether it is comfortable, lonely, confident or threatened. The acute sensitivity of my body fascinates me, and has led me to create objects that attempt to capture how it feels to live inside my skin.

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