September 22, 2023


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Juxtapoz Journal – Paradigm Gallery’s Grand Opening of New Location in Previous Metropolis, Philadelphia with Nazeer Sabree and Jason Andrew Turner

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Paradigm Gallery is happy to announce the grand opening of its new location in Previous Metropolis at 12 N. third St. on Friday, April seventh, 2023. The 7,000 sq. ft., 5-story constructing was bought by Paradigm founders Sara McCorriston and Jason Chen in Fall 2022. Along with serving because the gallery’s new, everlasting residence, the mixed-use industrial house will actualize McCorriston and Chen’s mission to additional develop and contribute to the humanities and tradition panorama of Philadelphia. 

The opening of the brand new house will function two exhibitions: on the primary flooring will likely be Nazeer Sabree’s debut solo exhibition Pursuit of Therapeutic, curated by Ginger Rudolph of HAHA Journal. The second flooring will current a solo exhibition by Jason Andrew Turner, entitled Welcome House

Sabree’s first solo exhibition will discover the method of therapeutic from the artist’s perspective, constructing upon his earlier work within the “False Face” collection. Rudolph’s curation is knowledgeable by her intimate understanding of Sabree’s observe, having mentored the artist since 2020 within the Philadelphia Mural Arts Fellowship for Black Artists Program. Along with an expanded physique of labor from “False Face”, the exhibition will premiere a brand new collection of predominately black and white photograph collages entitled “Transgenerational Rorschach Fragments 1998” (“TRF-98”), and a hanging video work that tells a transformative story about Black masculinity in three acts – life, demise, and rebirth. With pictures and clippings sourced from his household’s archives and broader cultural and historic references, Sabree shares a blueprint for what therapeutic would possibly appear like from inside a Black physique. Vulnerability, ache, and hope collide in Pursuit of Therapeutic, charting an ascendent course from trauma to radical empathy.

Turner’s exhibition will showcase his gestural, process-based observe and its floor functions from furnishings to textiles. Inside vignettes throughout the gallery’s expansive second flooring will set a rhythmic circulation all through the exhibition, punctuated by daring and intimate painted portraits. Turner typically begins with a sketch in sumi ink, redrawing and repeating the traces of the brushstrokes in numerous iterations. In every part, the artist makes an attempt to make sense of a messy, maximalist, overwhelming actuality; psychological well being and the character of notion are key themes in Turner’s work. Intuitive colour relationships and intentional spontaneity permeate the exhibition in a visible illustration of organized chaos.

Welcome House highlights Turner’s collaborations with Philadelphia artists and designers, in addition to Paradigm’s dedication to nurturing and showcasing modern crossovers between artistic disciplines. Stained glass works made by Flannery Cronin from Good friend of All and felted textile works made by Krysta Knaster of Camphill Soltane deliver Turner’s hard-edge type to their respective mediums. The collaborative works compound upon the visible density of the exhibition and complement Turner’s work whereas introducing new textural and technical parts.

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