Art January, 21 2009

Urban Organic at Projects Gallery

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Urban Organic presents the work of eight artists who are affiliated with both the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, two organizations dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to earn a living from their art and the necessary tools to do so. With both organizations celebrating their 25th anniversary during 2008-2009, a joint exhibition was a natural way to highlight the similarities that exist between them and the artists they support. Each organization has grown from a grassroots operation founded by a passionate and resolute individual to become a vital part of the region’s thriving visual arts community.

The works of art selected for this exhibition reveal a link between the urban and the natural worlds, a contradiction that is integral to life in any city. Artists are particularly aware of this dichotomy as they strive to find inspiration from the environment while being keenly aware of the influence of the metropolitan areas in which many of them live and work. Urban Organic features work by Joseph Brenman, Vincent Desiderio, James Dupree, Jane Golden, Sidney Goodman, Qimin Liu, Pedro Ospina and Josette Urso.

Urban Organic is on view until January 31, 2009. Projects Gallery is located at 629 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Images of the installation follow.