Photography by Dylan Eddinger
September 6th – October 26th, 2019
First Friday Opening Reception: September 6th, 6pm – 10pm
POST Open Studio Tours: Saturday October 13th
Open Hours: Saturdays 1-5pm and by appointment
Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Now Serving; a series of photographic works by Dylan Eddinger. This is the artists first solo show both at the gallery and in Philadelphia. In this series, titled Ocean Plastics, Eddinger chose to creatively raise awareness to the stifling growing number of plastic and trash in our oceans. If ocean pollution continues to worsen, there will be more pieces of trash than fish by 2050. Currently, there are approximately 5.25 trillion tons of plastic debris in the ocean; plastic bags, straws, cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. By using the visual aesthetic of commercial food photography and replacing the seafood with ocean trash, there is a deliberate aesthetic choice of using commercial product photography to bring attention to how this issue not only affects those who eat seafood, but also the world as a whole. In Eddinger’s own words, “I love working with photography as a medium because everything in front of the lens physically exists,” he says. “The subjects or landscapes I work with are very real, much like the issues plaguing our lives, which many people tend to ignore or neglect. I think when you display to any issue in a visual format, suddenly it appears more apparent and can hopefully inspire others to think differently.”
Dylan Eddinger (b. 1996)is a commercial and fine art photographer in the Philadelphia Area. Starting with his grandfather’s camera, he developed a love for documenting landscapes on family travels and portraiture of friends in his suburban hometown of Bally, Pa. After moving to Philadelphia to attend Saint Joseph’s University, Dylan found a thrill for documenting concerts and artists in the city’s energetic music scene. Photography classes at SJU introduced him to studio photography and inspired him to create more expressive work. Class assignments inspired photographic art that reflect societal, political, and global issues carefully using color, setting, and subject to present his argument.
Dylan’s fine art work has been shown in various seasonal exhibitions in Saint Joseph’s University art galleries. His commercial work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Alt Press, WXPN’s the Key, NPR’s World Cafe Live, and other digital media outlets.