Friday, October 14, 2011

Tonight! Crossing Jordan at the Skybox

For anyone who has never seen a show curated by Eileen Tognini, you've been missing out! She really puts together the whole package...the work is amazing, its promoted well, the openings are packed, the food is always great, AND she's one of the sweetest people I know. Sounds great, right? It will be. I'm really excited to see this exhibition of work by Alison Stigora...the Skybox space at 2424 studios is massive and it always takes strong/huge work to fill it. From the images I've seen so far it looks like this exhibition will not dissappoint, so check it out tonight, or this weekend during POST, as the space will be open from 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. See below for more details!

Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday October 14, 7-10pm
Exhibition Runs October 14, 2011 – November 19, 2011

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 6pm

Open for the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours on October 15th and 16th from Noon to 6pm
The Skybox at 2424 Studios, 2424 East York Street, Philadelphia PA 19125
In conjunction with Eileen Tognini, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists presents a solo exhibition and larger-than-life installation by CDP Fellow Alison Stigora, where the charred remains of salvaged timbers are juxtaposed with a turn-of-the century industrial space to create a powerful story of survival and rebirth.
The charred remains of salvaged timbers are re-imagined into a large site-specific installation by Alison Stigora in the soaring space of The Skybox at 2424 Studios.  Stigora presents an original installation utilizing 10,000 hand-charred tree limbs, which were gathered from fallen wood from two nature preserves and two private estates and burned over 184 hours.  Sprawling across the floor and climbing up two stories, the burnt wood undulates and inspires both physically and metaphorically. Juxtaposed with the turn-of-the century industrial space of the Skybox, Crossing Jordan communicates a powerful story of survival and rebirth.
For Stigora, burnt wood is a powerful medium that resonates with people in a primal way – fire creates a deep blackness that cannot be achieved otherwise. In the burning process, wood cracks and scales from the heat, creating a maze of scars on the wood’s surface.  The process of destroying and recreating is what allows a sculpture or drawing to develop. Stigora salvages charred remains from the aftermath of a fire and allows those same ash-covered remnants to communicate their story of survival as they are reborn into new sculptural works and installations. |

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