Arch Enemy Arts is excited to announce the opening of three new exhibitions on First Friday, May 6th: solo shows for Philadelphia artists Julianna Menna and David Seidman, and a group show based around ‘first time experiences’ featuring new works by: Jana Brike, Jessica Dalva, Reuben Negron, Heather McLean, Bao Pham, Erich J Moffitt, Maj Askew, Lioba Bruckner, Robert Kraiza, Kindra Nikole, Rachael Bridge, and Sheri DeBow
Julianna Menna: In the Cards
Continuing with a theme that’s been present in a lot of her recent work, for In The Cards, Julianna focused on familiar symbols from Tarot deck. Each figure is depicted with an ironic twist that provides a fresh interpretation of the tarot theme. Lately many of her characters the garish pageantry of each figure is animated within by an invented skeletal character representing the vacuousness of their respective souls. The figures are painted on 24K gold leaf backgrounds and frames which enhance their baroque excess.
David Seidman: Rapture
Stemming from David’s obsession with Catholic iconography, and inspired by the book for Revelations and its characters, Each of the Four Horsemen are depicted as a study on skull structure and textures, each identified by familiar symbolism and an incredible level of detail. In addition to the Horsemen, other major characters from the book are depicted in portraits, heavily influenced by the Zeigfield Follies girls that were being photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnson in the 20’s and 30’s.
For The First Time:
(group show) featuring new works by Jana Brike, Jessica Dalva, Reuben Negron, Heather McLean, Bao Pham, Erich J Moffitt, Maj Askew, Lioba Bruckner, Robert Kraiza, Kindra Nikole, Rachael Bridge, and Sheri DeBow.
This group show is based around ‘first time experiences’, and an exploration into how much emotional significance we tend to package into doing anything for the very first time. How we carry those experiences with us, and how we let them influence us, allowed each artist to create an interpretation all their own and a leave a very personal touch with each piece.
All three shows open Friday May 6th, with an opening reception from 6pm-10pm
A collector’s preview can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org