2011 Exhibition Grant
Philagrafika will follow up its 2010 citywide festival—an exploration of the role of print in contemporary art that included the work of over 1,000 artists—with Doing Time, an exhibition to be presented at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design at the conclusion of a six-week residency with Spanish artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González. The artists, neither of whom has exhibited previously in the U.S., have a collaborative practice grounded in art conservation; utilizing a modified version of a technique known as strappo, they work primarily to preserve the surfaces of buildings—the veritable “skin of architecture”—by detaching a wall’s paint with glues and fabric and transferring that surface paint, in its entirety, to a new canvas. In Philadelphia, they will work at the now abandoned Holmesburg Prison before it is demolished, creating large-format “printings” of drawings, paintings, and graffiti left by former inmates on the walls. These large-scale printings will then be displayed at the galleries. A live Web stream throughout the residency, Doing Time: Captured!, will allow audiences to watch Gómez and González as they work at Holmesburg, and will also be featured in the exhibition at Moore. The Web stream will be supplemented by email and social media updates that provide highlights of the process to interested subscribers.
Photo: Patricia Gómez / María Jesús González, Vis-à-vis I (Vis-à-vis I), 2008. Printed walls on fabric, 196" x 629"