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  • Partners and Son 618 South 6th Street, 19147 (map)

Nicole Arendt • Kyle Kogut • Jackie Mock • Anna Ortiz • Katie Wynne


September 13 – October 27

Opening Friday September 13, 6–9 PM


What to do when Mercury and the country have gone retrograde. Call on the better angels and the pin-up demons. Gather all the essential oils and soak in all the sound baths. Ready armies of crystals, tarot cards, and Susan Millers. Microdose ayahuasca. Try to wrap your brain around how the world feels crazy yet the universe is orderly, and when that's not possible wheel in a dumpster full of sage. 


Partners and Son is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition, Smudge, featuring five artists whose work highlights the yearning for belief against the nihilism of reality.


Nicole Arendt's Strap-on series binds gender, sexuality, and ceremony into beautiful and ghoulish contraptions for pleasure. Using materials of ritual and fetish, these pieces arrive in the form of Shamans to heal and vultures to clean up the carnage.


In Kyle Kogut's work, occult and automotive iconography highlight the "contemporary politics of American myth and despair." Spiritual practices and day jobs are both guided by the calendar, Kyle's versions make the daily demons we wrestle with disturbingly hot.


Jackie Mock's souvenir reliquaries give formal structure to notions of luck. Her sculpture Marie, We're Listening, is an ode to New Jersey socialite turned spiritualist Marie Ogden who, in 1929, during the grief of losing her husband, began receiving divine transmissions through her typewriter, psychic messages that guided her in the creation of a commune in the Utah desert.


Anna Ortiz paints landscapes of fictional deities and ruins, referencing Aztec and Mayan mythology as well as her Mexican heritage. Called Pochos, a Mexican term for individuals who are neither entirely Mexican nor American, these paintings reflect the desire to imagine new gods under the reality of our current administration's increasingly anti-immigrant agenda.


The sculptures of Katie Wynne use threadbare t-shirts that once belonged to her and her loved ones. Suspended in perpetual motion, these love-worn garments speak to both persistence and loss. A seance in laundry, these harmless and unsettling ghosts softly present themselves as “ruminations on affection, absence, class, value and ownership.”



Nicole Arendt is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in sculpture, photography video and drawing. She graduated with her BA, Cum laude, in Arts and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999 and earned her M.F.A. from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2005. She has exhibited in Germany, England, South Korea and Australia as well as New York City, Dallas, Boston and now Philadelphia.

Kyle Kogut (b. 1990 Philadelphia, PA) is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, video, performance and installation. Kogut graduated with a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA in 2016. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2012. His work has been included in group shows nationally including New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Kogut has had solo and two person exhibitions at Gateway Gallery (Baltimore), Samuel (Chicago), Kitchen Table Gallery (Philadelphia), Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland (College Park), and KO Studio Gallery (Detroit). Kogut was a member of FJORD Gallery and taught at Tyler School of Art from 2016-2018. Kogut recently relocated to Richmond, VA and is teaching in the Art Foundation and Painting+Printmaking programs Virginia Commonwealth University and the Fine Arts program at Virginia Union University. 

Jackie Mock creates humorous sculptural narratives, simultaneously sincere and contrived, that elaborate on the small thoughts and gestures of everyday life. She holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and has exhibited her work recently at PROTO Gallery, PROTO GOMEZ, Denny Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, as well as the Portal and SPRING/BREAK art fairs. In 2018, she installed a year-long site-specific public sculpture in collaboration with the New York City Parks Department. 

Anna Ortiz is a Mexican-American painter living in Brooklyn. Growing up in Worcester

Massachusetts, Ortiz spent much of her childhood visiting her family in Guadalajara Mexico. There she studied painting with her grandfather Alfonso who was a professional portrait painter. Her love for painting and travel led her to study in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre while in her undergraduate studies at Tufts and the Museum School. Ortiz continued her education at Tyler, receiving her MFA in painting in Philadelphia and Rome. Ortiz moved to New York in 2006 and has never stopped traveling. She has exhibited at Proto Gomez, Transmitter Gallery, TSA, and Lesley Heller.


Katie Wynne (born 1981, Providence, RI) received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011 and has also participated in residencies at Ox-bow School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center on a Fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Recent shows include solo and two-person exhibitions at Pilot Projects (Philadelphia, PA) and COOP Gallery (Nashville, TN), and group exhibitions at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Atlanta Contemporary, Orgy Park (Brooklyn, NY) and the Bethany Arts Community (Ossining, NY). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, where she is a member of FJORD, an artist-run gallery Space.


Partners and Son

618 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Friday and Saturday, 12–6, Sunday 1–5

Earlier Event: September 13
Jenny Laden - Performing