Philadelphia Inquirer: Minimalist Works From Five Worth 'A Closer Look'

April 10, 2012

Philly.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the Arcadia University Art Gallery's current exhibition A Closer Look 8, which was curated by Adelina Vlas, the assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Arcadia University Art Gallery's "A Closer Look" exhibition, which has traditionally shone the spotlight on a handful of veterans of the gallery's sprawling "Works on Paper" shows, has returned in an eighth iteration organized by Adelina Vlas. Vlas, the assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, began her selection process in 2009 with a pool of 150 artists from which she chose 40, then 15, and eventually the five whose works are on view now.

Together, the works of Dechemia (John Gibbons and Isobel Sollenberger), Sebastien Leclercq, Josh Shaddock, and Brent Wahl look as though they were selected to complement one another, though Vlas in her gallery notes says she chose them for their individual strengths, then later suggested that they try to consider their context within the group exhibition. It's clear, in any case, that Vlas is drawn to carefully constructed minimal work that seems intended to defy easy explanation.

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