Friday, August 31st - Sunday, November 4th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 2018; 6:00 – 9:00 PM
In Fall 2018 Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will present an exhibition of hand-sewn sculptures by New Jersey artist Tasha Lewis. Lewis’ latest series is comprised of busts, standing figures, and vessels that are made with plaster, wood and cardboard armatures wrapped in a textile skin. Famous for her gravity defying installations, these intricate sculptures will be suspended within the galleries to conjure up a sense of weightlessness and wonder. Many of the pieces are encrusted with beads, pearls and detailed embroidery and invite close inspection.
Lewis is fascinated by the way classical Greek sculptures have changed and corroded over the centuries, changing our idea of what fine art is with them. Ebb Tide combines this attraction to artifacts with a desire to replicate objects, natural and human-made, that wash up on beaches.
These blended aesthetics make up Lewis’ recent body of work, which transports viewers into a dystopian world that was once filled with life, but is now submerged and lost forever. The fading dye from light blue to white on her sculptures simulates an uneasiness of water rising before you, and the beading on each piece imitates barnacles and sea dwelling creatures overtaking these objects. This installation focuses on her concerns with climate change and the rising sea levels and questions the fragility of our world.
Tasha Lewis has exhibited her work in a plethora of galleries and museums, including a forthcoming exhibition at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and past shows at the Sarasota Art Center in Sarasota, Florida, and the Institute Library Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut, and has work in numerous permanent collections across the United States. Her work has also been celebrated in various print and online publications, and has given presentations and hosted workshops in many high schools, colleges, and art centers.
Tasha Lewis and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens invite you experience Ebb Tide during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.