September 23rd – October 28th
Artist’s Reception Saturday, September 23rd, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-4 PM and by appointment
Mount Airy Contemporary
25 West Mt. Airy Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19119
MAC is pleased to present Achromatic, an exhibition of works guest curated by Melissa Maddonni Haims.
For this exhibition, Haims, a Philadelphia-based sculptor and curator, selected artists working with fiber and charged them with creating work without color. All works in the show are created with white, fibrous materials and rely on elements of shape, form, texture and space to communicate through their individual designs.
“A white lace curtain on the window was for me as important as a great work of art. This gossamer quality, the reflection, the form, the movement. I learned more about art from that than I did in school.” - Louise Nevelson
The artists in Achromatic are:
Constance Culpepper (Philadelphia PA)
Kelly Kozma (Philadelphia PA)
Maryann Laverty (Narberth PA)
Carole Loeffler (Philadelphia PA)
Melissa Maddonni Haims (Philadelphia PA)
C. Pazia Mannella (Columbia MO)
Kathryn Pannepacker (Philadelphia PA)
Leslie Pontz (Philadelphia PA)
Donna Quinn (Philadelphia PA)
Amber Robles-Gordon (Washington DC)
From Haims: “The color white, and its variations, generally represents purity, innocence and wholeness. White contains an equal balance of all the colors of the visible spectrum, representing both the positive and negative aspects of all colors [...]. Louise Nevelson said that white was the color that 'summoned the early morning and emotional promise'. The concept of a new beginning."
“I have encouraged the artists I have selected to create work specifically for this show to use shades of white in order to confront the norms associated with the absence of color. Because the suggestion that white can make an object or a person delicate, clean and perfect is, in modern times, absurd. Because there is no such thing as perfection.”