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Opening: Losing Its Name

  • Gross McCleaf Gallery 127 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States (map)

Rebekah Callaghan
Matthew Colaizzo
Carol Heft

September 6 - 29, 2017


Names are usually one of the first ways we get to know something. Though if our inquiry just ended with an exchange of labels, the loss would be considerable.  Through their drawings, paintings, and prints, Carol HeftMatthew Colaizzo, and Rebekah Callaghan begin with ordinary simple subjects and quickly surpass their initial introductions as they explore and create works that reveal discovered depth, sensitivity, and understanding of even the most easily named.


Rebekah Callaghan's paintings are derived from plants placed in and around her studio space. Working from direct observation, a shadow might be the subject of one painting while the luminosity of color might take precedence over drawing in another.  Callaghan relies on the friction between what she sees and the materials with which she paints to create unexpected translations of familiar companions.


Matthew Colaizzo's works explore the landscape altered by humans and the relationship between the expectation and reality of scale. His woodblock prints examine how intimacy with nature and appreciation for the picturesque view are differing impulses. Each print comes from a hand carved wooden block which is printed manually using only a printing baren and a wooden spoon.  The individual works are imbued with Colaizzo's sensitivity and touch throughout the process.


Carol Heft draws passing trees as she rides on the bus between New York City and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She creates new forests from the accumulation of specific observations.  As these drawings develop, fed by the urgency of observation and selection but reveling in the freedom of selection and improvisation, she discovers them. Heft freely pulls from her memory of all the trees she sees and those she is just passing. Somehow in the resulting back and forth, she captures a unique and personal dialog, offering it to the viewer.




Rebekah Callaghan lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of the MFA program in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the BFA program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.


Matthew Colaizzo lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts MFA program and the BFA program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.


Carol Heft lives and works in New York City. She studied with American Master Robert Brackman and is a graduate of Hunter College and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.

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