In her Go Fish exhibit, Leslie Friedman invites us to think of identity, social inclusion and exclusion, as well as gender and culture stereotypes, in a humorous way. Have you gone fishing? Where and with whom did you go? Do you prefer not to think about where your fish come from? Questions of how to define groups, and the activities that describe certain groups, plague us — regardless of our ideology or ethnicity. Those questions may divide and separate us, to exclude collaboration, alienate sympathy, and undermine group values altogether. How do we celebrate differences and cross the boundaries we’ve created?
Leslie Friedman is an artist and educator who specializes in printmaking, sculpture, and installation. In her work she ties together parody, appropriation, and collage-techniques to produce art that deals with political and social themes like identity, simulacra, stereotype, gender, and religion. She has a BA in political theory from Brown University and an MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Between her undergraduate and graduate course of study, Friedman spent two and a half years living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and built a screenprinting studio in her apartment there. She founded the art collective NAPOLEON in 2011 which is comprised of ten artist and curatorial members with a gallery space in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. She is currently a member of Good Children in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Gallery in Baton Rouge. In 2014, Friedman completed a fellowship at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and won the Fleisher Wind Challenge. She has participated in residency at Shiro Oni in Japan and the Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with some highlights including solo shows at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington.
In this two person exhibition, artists Laura Boles Faw and Andre Rubin examine the ways we prop ourselves in the world and borrow from art historical references, specifically from classical antiquity, in order to create new meanings and transformative fictions. Laura Boles Faw will present installations, drawings and mixed-media works, and Andre Rubin will present collage art works.
Laura Boles Faw received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute where she held the position of Lecturer in the Sculpture Department from 2012-2018. She recently relocated from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
Boles Faw was recently named SBC-VCCA Teaching Fellow to teach at Sweet Briar College while in residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in August/September 2019. She has also been in residence in LongLi, China where she was commissioned to make a permanent public work for the Second (Longli) International New Media Art Season and at Kala Art Institute and LOOP Arts in the Bay Area. She is a recipient of a California Arts Council Artist Activating Communities Grant with the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco. Boles Faw has recently exhibited in the Bay Area at [ 2nd floor projects ], The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Chinese Culture Center, Minnesota Street Project, Scrawl Center for Drawing, Meridian Gallery, MAX Occupancy, Alter Space Gallery, Kala Art Institute, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Root Division, and Ever Gold Gallery. Additionally she has exhibited at Ms. Barbers, Los Angeles, CA (solo exhibition); Practice Space, Cambridge, MA (collaborative solo exhibition); Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; and Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas, NV (collaborative solo exhibition).
Andre Rubin is a Philadelphia-based collage artist. He frequently makes large format collages from found images and archival materials. Stylistically, his artworks are concise, bold, colorful and delineated in the tradition of pop art, political posters and advertisements. Thematically, his work deals with classical art and architecture, philosophy, art history and cosmology, and he often makes series of collages about a particular idea: Hegel's Owl of Minerva Who Flies Only At Dusk, Apres Nous le Deluge, Accelerationism, Faustian Culture, Wormholes. Rubin's work has been in shows specifically about: climate change, feminism, postmodernism, the future, zeitgeist. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including such venues as the Roadshow at the ArtVenice Biennale 3, CICA Museum in South Korea, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. In 2017, he was a Leap Public Art Program speaker in NYC. Rubin is a member of the Brooklyn art collective, Amos Eno Gallery. He holds philosophy degrees from Harvard and Columbia.
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Leslie Friedman: Fish on Chain, 34" x 22" x 3", screenprints on laser-cut acrylic and metal chain, 2019; Spring 24" x 36", screenprints on compositive vinyl tile and wood panel, 2019.
The ARTillerie is pleased to present
Two exhibitions at PII Gallery
Leslie Friedman's solo exhibition "Go Fish"
Laura Boles Faw and Andre Rubin in "Antiquity 3.0"
November 1 - 23 , 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5 - 8 pm
PII Gallery, 242 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Laura Boles Faw, Gum Heads, Hubba Bubba gum on book pages, 2017; Andre Rubin, Vitruvian Woman, 11" x 14", collage on paper, 2019.
Laura Boles Faw and Andre Rubin
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