Seraphin Gallery is proud to exhibit five recently completed works by Kate Stewart in a new curation at The Yard, a co-working space in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. "[Stewart works] in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, collage and installation. Much of [her] work examines perceptions of artifice, reality and escape in our culture. The landscape appears as a common motif as both a literal reference and a symbolic notion."
Stewart’s unique sense of space creates compositions that attempt to visualize the unknown. With a vibrant and emotional palette, the artist portrays open doors that seem to organically unveil themselves to the viewer, but what remains uncertain is where these entryways will lead. Brushy shapes and gradient tones convey a wide open space like that of a day lit or sunset sky; although the viewer is keenly aware that this is not an actual representation-- but a void. It would seem that Stewart’s works lead to a very specific place and also nowhere at the same time.
To dive into one of these paintings is to accept a journey through a gateway into the unexplored and risking that what is on the other side may be darker and more mysterious than previously thought. And yet, it could also be a space where elation is constant and personal truth is found. The viewer is perpetually caught in this liminal space of transition—in the amorphous obscurity before the clarity of change.
Stewart has had solo exhibitions at Vox Populi Gallery, Seraphin Gallery, Moore College of Art, West Chester University, Drexel University, Gettysburg College and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has also been included in group exhibitions at TATE Modern in London, P.S. 122 in New York, Plug Projects in Kansas City, Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In 2003, Stewart received her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania after receiving a BA from Dickinson College in 1998. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Art Department at West Chester University.
Join us at an art reception curated by Seraphin Gallery at The Yard on Thursday, January 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for more information on Stewart's new works and an opportunity to see them in person. Each floor hosts a solo show and also includes the unique work of artists Jeff Cylkowski, Michael Morrill, and Danielle Cartier. We look forward to seeing you there!