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In Search of Meaning

  • Esther Klein Gallery 3600 Market Street, 19104 (map)
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In Search of Meaning: Memory Becomes Us
A solo exhibition by Patricia Moss-Vreeland

February 7 - March 30, 2019

The Creative Nature of Memory
and How the Brain Builds Knowledge
Lecture with Dr. Dasa Zeithamova,
University of Oregon
and Patricia Moss-Vreeland
Friday, February 22, 5 ­— 6 p.m.
Quorum, 3675 Market Street, 2nd floor

Artist Reception
Friday, February 22, 6 — 8 p.m.
EKG, 3600 Market Street

An exhibition illuminating the role memory plays in relation to who we are. Patricia Moss-Vreeland’s drawings, paintings, prints, artist books, poetry and videos are metaphoric responses and reside in concert with the interlacing of science texts,
connecting the personal to the universal. In a series of conversations Moss-Vreeland has with Dr. Dasa Zeithamova, they explore the function of the human brain to find meaning, the parallel universes of art and science, their different ways of knowing and self-expression, and the importance of stepping out of our silos and forming relationships. Moss-Vreeland integrates her ongoing inquiry about the social impact of memory in new works, adding another layer of meaning, along with new sensory components.

Patricia Moss-Vreeland explores memory as a meditation on who we are. Incorporating close to two decades of research into the functioning of the human brain and the construction of memory, Moss-Vreeland’s work was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as “an invitation to think differently” about memory and the creative process. She works in a range of diverse media and genres, incorporating poetry at times to suggest the ways that language and memory are intertwined. Her paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media collages, and artist books evoke an awakening of feelings and experiences, embedded in our everyday memories, probing the unexplored territory where art and science meet.

Moss-Vreeland’s paintings, drawings and mixed-media works have been exhibited nationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Her art resides in many permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Norton Museum. She exhibited her work at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia for two decades. Moss-Vreeland was selected through a national competition to design the Memorial Room for the Holocaust Museum Houston. In 1997, this permanent installation earned four awards, including the American Institute of Architects Honor award in Design, and the Spectrum International Award in Design. Moss-Vreeland went on to receive the Art-in-Science XIV Millennial commission for a traveling exhibition, Memory-Connections Matter, at the Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia. At the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, the exhibition was the central focus for the Fields of Mind Conference, featuring Moss-Vreeland and her neuroscience advisor as keynote speakers.

Moss-Vreeland approaches her art with a multi-disciplinary perspective, and believes in sharing different forms of knowledge about our place in this world. She recently expanded her artistic practice to include workshops, presentations, residencies, collaborative public participatory events, and wrote and designed the book, A Place for Memory: Where Art and Science Meet.

Earlier Event: February 21
Women's Mobile Museum Screening
Later Event: February 22
David Hartt & Tim Portlock - Fallow Fate