First Friday Opening Reception: September 5th, 6-10pm
Closing Reception and Kensington Photo Walk: Sunday, September 28th 4-7pm
Gravy features photographers and artists Mashiul Chowdhury and Joselito Gamalinda for the month of September. The prints in the exhibit show enlarged details of the forgotten and decaying elements of city life and our everyday lives. The compositions reveal inspirations from abstract painters; the energy in Jackson Pollack’s canvases along with the contrasty elements in the work of Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman can be seen in much of their work. Gamalinda’s works are from his travels through Philadelphia and Chowdhury's works show what our walls have in common with ones from around the world.
Chowdhury describes his findings as "remnants of love, of pain, of disgust, of disorder or social or political tensions. “I find such images on walls, dumpsters, sidewalks, rusty pipes, subways—just about anywhere in the urban landscape—and use digital photography to give them another life." Similarly, Gamalinda describes his search for photographs as a "treasure hunt for found abstract art…. Exposed to the elements, the original detritus has long deteriorated. Rust, peeling posters, and paint on distressed news boxes, walls and telephone poles."
Gravy is also collaborating with local gallery, The Art Dept. Workshop to organize a photo walk around Fishtown/Kensington. Inspired by Chowdhury and Gamalinda's work, we will embark on a treasure hunt to find these unique spots in our neighborhood. The artists will lead the photo walk and discuss the environments that inspire them and the process through which they choose to compose their images. Both Gravy and Art Dept. members will be available for technical help and guidance. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online and at the door. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Check out our Ticket page for more info!