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Seraphin Gallery proudly announces the opening of Debris, a group exhibition featuring Joan Wadleigh Curran, Sherif Habashi, Hiro Sakaguchi, Brent Wahl and Kelly Wallace. The exhibition will run from May 29 through July 12, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, May 29, from 6 – 8 PM.
We can see debris all around us, but most recently, in the past fifteen years, debris has grown exponentially through terrorism, war and powerful natural disasters in many places around the world.
Each artist featured in this exhibition has beautifully interpreted the topic of debris in a different way, whether it be aesthetically, politically, personally or conceptually. By showingartists who confront this theme, we are able to examine our society more closely and each individual's response to it.
Joan Wadleigh Curran received her BS in Art from Skidmore College in 1972 and her MFA from Yale University in 1974. Currently, she lives and works in Philadelphia. Her works are a part of the collection of numerous museums including The Woodmere Art Museum, High Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center, The Columbus Museum, and the New Jersey State Museum. Curran is the Senior Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Sherif Habashi was born in 1972 in Cairo, Egypt where he lived till the age of thirteen. In 1986 he moved to the United States. In 1994 he received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After receiving his MFA from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst in 1998 he returned to Philadelphia, where he currently lives and works. During his time in Philadelphia Habashi has been an artist-member of Nexus foundation, exhibited in many venues throughout the region, as well as participated in a number of juried exhibitions such as Works on Paper at Arcadia University and Fleisher's Wind Challenge. Habashi has also been practicing teaching studio art throughout his time in Philadelphia as an adjunct faculty at more then one of the academic institutions of the city, including University of the Arts, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and presently at Fleisher Art Memorial.
Hiro Sakaguchi lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. He has been a featured panelist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art several times and included in the permanent collections at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Woodmere Museum. Sakaguchi has been a part of many solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the 2011 exhibition at the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at Gallery Heubner & Huenber in Frankfurt, Germany. He has exhibited in many group shows as well, including the Woodmere Museum, Nasubi Gallery in England, and the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo.
Brent Wahl currently lives and works in Philadelphia as well. He received his BFA in photography from Pratt Institute in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Wahl grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and moved to New York in 1990, where he resided until 2004, when he moved his studio to Philadelphia. Wahl's photography, installation and time-based work has been exhibited in a variety of venues and institutions in the U.S. and Europe. In 2012 his work was featured in Arcadia University's ‘A Closer Look 8' and he was also commissioned for Philadelphia's first Community Supported Arts program. In addition, Wahl was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2014. Currently Wahl teaches courses in the photography department, as well as 2D and 3D courses in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kelly Wallace lives and works in London, ON. He received his BFA from the University of Guelph in 1993 and since then has been pursuing an intensely disciplined studio practice. His work has been exhibited in both Canada and the Unied States and is a part of numerious public and private collections in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia.