Opening reception: Sunday, October 8, 2017, noon - 3 PM
Exhibition continues: October 14, 15, 2017, 11 am - 3pm
Artist Talk: October 15, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm
Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center presents Surreal Narratives, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Sofya Mirvis and Hermine Gittleman. Sofya Mirvis explores cultural narratives, seamlessly integrating collage elements into etherial landscape while Hermine Gittleman creates illustrative work using a unique technique of ink on mylar. Hermine's characters are the representation of the memories, or the consequences of the norms created by the memories, while Sofya's environments present a sublime, but strangely familiar dystopia. The reception will be held on October 8, 2017 from 12-3 pm.The exhibit will extend to October 14 and 15 from 11-3 and will close with an artist talk on October 15 from 2-3 pm.
Sofya Mirvis was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Sofya explores folklore, natural phenomena and cultural narratives by merging collage, paint and mixed media. Her work is found in a multitude of private collections and is exhibited both locally and nationally, and has been included in numerous publications including Gallery and Studio, DC Modern Luxury, and Certain Circuits. Sofya lives and works in Philadelphia and plays an active role in Philadelphia arts initiatives and community programming.
HERMINE STATEMENT: Memories of the Future
We are all products of our memories. We carry these memories with us into our futures, as our own personal cultural norm. My works explore my personal memories as a little girl and the consequential norms I carried into my life as a young woman and an adult. I further express the cultural memories of our society, so I can understand the norms we encounter today, and I speculate about the norms of tomorrow. I create illustrative work using a unique technique of ink on Mylar. My characters are the representation of the memories, or the consequences of the norms created by the memories.
— Hermine Gittleman