December accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Monday, January 10th, 2022

  • Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, is exhibiting four works at Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The four pieces focus on two birds, the phoenix and peacock, featuring a mount of each along with a matching papercut portrait. “With the closing of 2021 and emergency of a new year, both birds are perfect representations of rebirth, rejuvenation, reincarnation, etc.” Adey says. The peacock pieces also incorporate elements taken from Art Nouveau inspiration; hence they are titled Peacock Nouveau. The phoenix are titled Phoenix Rising.”

  • Jason Herr ’16, Fine Art, exhibited in December at the La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles. His Giant Portrait and Subconscious Visitors, both 2021 pieces, were part of Grand Saloon Epic Group Exhibition, covered by Juxtapoz Magazine. You can check out all the work here. Herr was also the College’s first Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence, in 2019-2020.
  • The work of Trent Sheaffer’19, Illustration, was featured by Lancaster-based Springhouse Brewing this summer. Part of the brewery’s Limited Artist Artist Collaboration Series, Sheaffer’s original work was used on the Hermit of Sleyhaven small-batch release. Sheaffer’s inspiration, he says, “comes from wildlife, nature, and the bizarre.”
  • I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine, a photobook by Pacifico Silano ’08, Photography, has been named one of the year’s best photobooks by Time magazine. “This unique artist book,” Time writes, “is made in an accordion-folded format that can be shown as one continuous collage or as a sequence of individual images. The retro color images feel like a trip back in time to contemplate gay masculinity and the allure of life before the trauma of AIDS.” Published by Loose Joints. The lens-based artist’s book also was named one of the year’s best by MoMA. Curatorial Assistant Phil Taylor writes that the collection’s “sexuality is more evoked than explicit: fragments of exposed male bodies tease between abstract graphic elements and bands of color. Culled from the locations and set decor, landscapes and still lifes supply the scaffolding of fantasy and desire to articulate an erotics embedded in a historical gaze. These genre components, and Silano’s measuring of chromatic pattern, lend the project a significant amount of its affective range, fomenting what the artist describes as akin to a ‘fever dream.'”
  • twentysix wawa stores, an exhibition by Photography & Video Chair Eric Weeks, opens Jan. 22 at Street Road Project, Cochranville, and runs through May 28. A dialogue with Edward Ruscha’s 1962 work Twenty-Six Gas Stations, twentysix wawa stores examines the convenience store and gas station in light of America’s relationship to the automobile at this 21st-century transportation crossroads. The project’s accompanying film follows the Lincoln Highway, one of the country’s first transcontinental highways, as it stretches from Lancaster to the farthest north Wawa store in Elizabeth, N.J. The film also will screen at Street Road Project. A companion book, marking the 60th anniversary of Ruscha’s project, made possible through a PCA&D Faculty Development Grant, will be released under the Street Road imprint. A print from the photograph series will be on exhibit in The Demuth Museum Invitational: Lancaster Landscape, Jan. 22 through Feb. 27.