“It’s Who You Know” - June 4 - 26, 2010
The Philadelphia artist community is a complex but tight-knit social entity. To demonstrate just how important networking is to this nebulous stratum of our society, Projects Gallery presents “It’s Who You Know”, a non-juried, quasi-invitational exhibition. Projects invited five young artists, all of who have previously exhibited at the gallery, to in turn invite five artists each to come together. With no prevailing theme, the work will represent the taste and artistic expressions of the initial five. It will be illustrative of overlapping styles within social groups while highlighting the schisms that exist between the groups themselves. Relyingon the eye of the artist and honest in its dependence on social networking, this exhibition reinforces “It’s Who You Know.”
Freeing the boundaries of the traditional exhibition experience, this show relies on the artists themselves to present both the experienced and the novice. Host artists Distort, Conor Fields, Ashley Flynn, Brooke Holloway and Mia Rosenthal, although familiar with the work of the invited artists, have challenged the gallery to create a cohesive display through a veil of mystery until the moment of installation. The resulting exhibition is a choose-your-own adventure documenting separate artistic pockets of Philadelphia, as well as an attempt to break free from those insular groups for a more inclusive showing. In the end, this exhibition will certainly prove the necessity of social discourse.
Artist reception First Friday June 4th from 6 - 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.