"Rise and Shine" Exhibition at Paradigm Gallery

"Rise and Shine" Exhibition at Paradigm Gallery

September 6, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA) - Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to present Rise and Shine, an exhibition of new works by Luke O’Sullivan, on view from September 22 - November 11, 2017. The show includes a series of 6 multicolor silkscreen prints and several new sculptures.

O’Sullivan creates invented buildings, places, and objects describing unexplored worlds conjuring a sense of discovery and adventure. Rise and Shine represents a shift from the artist’s earlier work featuring structures, facades, and panoramic landscapes toward a more detailed approach. These new works depict encapsulated, floating environments devoid of humans. The sculptural objects are keepsakes or relics from these faraway places. Each piece plays with the shifting relationships between two and three dimensions, surface and underworld. O’Sullivan’s recent screen prints introduce color, imbuing these works with a certain levity and illustrative quality.

The playful nature of O’Sullivan’s work draws from Nintendo games, maps, science fiction movies, and movie set design. Likening his process to a lego set, the artist employs screen printed drawings in order to assemble two- and three-dimensional works that depict cities, labyrinths, and fantastical objects that embrace themes of exploration and adventure. Each drawing and sculpture contributes to an ongoing catalogue of a strange and invented world.

About Luke O’Sullivan

Luke O’Sullivan was born in 1984 in Boston, MA. He received his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2006. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Urban Nation Museum (Berlin, Germany), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston), Boston Public Library (Boston, MA) and Art Institute of Boston (Boston, MA).

About Paradigm Gallery + Studio

Established February 2010, Paradigm Gallery + Studio started as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, to create a space in which to make artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the local community make their own artwork in a welcoming gallery setting. Over the years, Paradigm Gallery + Studio has become a gallery of diverse contemporary artwork from around the world, but still with a focus on Philadelphia artists.

Paradigm Gallery + Studio provides an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on dedicated, emerging to established, Philadelphia-based visual artists. We provide artists with individualized attention, strong promotional support and a transformable gallery space to make their own. We strive to make art accessible to the whole community through free bi-weekly events and support work that welcomes a wide audience.

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