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Witness Mark

  • NAPOLEON 319 North 11th Street \ Floor 2 Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Join us for the opening reception for "Witness Mark", an exhibition by Sarah Tortora, the winner of our July open call. For the first time, we are hosting our open call artist for July AND August; 7.6.18 - 8.26.18. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6pm or by appointment.

"Witness Mark" is comprised of sculptures that ostentatiously merge manufactured materials into organic fantastical forms, amalgamations that both parody and actualize impossible illustrations or iterations of geological time. A “witness mark” is commonly known in artistic or manufacturing practices as a line, groove, seam, or register that indicates its alignment to a larger whole or boundary. Witness marks are proto-language, performing through the most minimal means necessary to designate a sculptural position in space.

These Romantic prop-like sculptures reference Greek vase painting, geological core samples, and Euclidean space-time diagrams, and are made from paper pulp, resin, wood, and found geodes/mineral deposits. These references conflate human scale at its most essential with a scale of geological history impossible to fathom, akin to Timothy Morton’s description of a hyperobject: entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that defeat traditional ideas about what a thing is in the first place.

Earlier Event: July 6
Hard Times in the Soft World
Later Event: July 6
Passion & Desire