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Maureen Drdak

Burning Worlds

January 5 - 29

Andrea Baldeck

Passages

January 5 - 29

Larry Day

Larry Day At 100

December 1 - January 29

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Atman 5, 24" Diameter, Abraded Acrylic And 23.5K Gold On Archival Wood Panel

Atman 5, 24" Diameter, Abraded Acrylic And 23.5K Gold On Archival Wood Panel

Maureen Drdak: Burning Worlds

Maureen Drdak’s art practice was born out of curiosity, rigorous research, and a love for material and design. Although she has traveled extensively to Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy, England, the Caribbean islands, and India, Nepal has been the focal point of her academic research, made possible in part through a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011. Drdak says, “Nepal has been a tremendous source of spiritual sustenance, wonder, enrichment, and connection…In the past fifteen years, the innumerable relationships I’ve developed have been an indescribable blessing.” On view in Burning Worlds, her wall-bound relief works are a combination of painting and the ancient art of repoussé, a unique metalworking technique she studied during her visits to Nepal.

Initially drawn to a photo of the Kali Gandacki river gorge in the Nepali Himalayas, Drdak visited the Kathmandu Valley for the first time in 2005. Upon her arrival, she was immediately and unexpectedly taken with the Newar repoussé that decorated the temples in the area. Dating back to the Bronze Age, the exact roots of the time-intensive repoussé technique is unknown; however, Patan, Nepal has become the contemporary hub of this endangered practice. To develop her repoussé practice, Drdak apprenticed in Patan with the grandsons...

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Gujarati Grandfather, 11.5" x 17", Toned Silver Gelatin Print

Gujarati Grandfather, 11.5" x 17", Toned Silver Gelatin Print

Andrea Baldeck: Passages

In Passages, Dr. Andrea Baldeck shares the photographic documentation of her many journeys to India. As a visitor in this vast and diverse subcontinent, her silver gelatin prints offer a peek into her immersive experiences. 

As a child, Baldeck eagerly read Life magazine and practiced using her brownie camera while dreaming of adventures to places far and wide. Although she later pursued music and medicine, she never stopped her photo practice and was introduced to the darkroom while in college. After completing her residency as an internist and anesthesiologist, Baldeck was fortunate to begin traveling as a volunteer doctor through an early iteration of Doctors Without Borders. It was during this time of public service that she was finally able to combine her many passions and discover the intimate connections that can be forged with her subjects through the lens of the camera. 

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Larry Day at 100

Larry Day at 100

Larry Day At 100 celebrates the centennial anniversary of the birth of Philadelphia born-and-bred, internationally admired artist Larry Day (1921-1998). The Gross McCleaf exhibition accompanies the three-venue retrospective, Body Language: The Art of Larry Day, divided among major Philadelphia-area institutions: Woodmere Art Museum (through January 23, 2022); Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts (through December 3), and Arcadia Exhibitions at Arcadia University (now closed).  

Known during his lifetime as the Dean of Philadelphia painters, Day’s work was exhibited in a dozen solo and many group exhibitions at Gross McCleaf, his primary gallery in his home city. Larry Day At 100 welcomes Day back with a career overview of more than 20 works: early abstractions, figurative, and geometric architectural compositions, on both canvas and paper, exploring oil, watercolor, and a range of drawing media. 

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Scott Noel - John Thornton

Scott Noel featured in John Thornton's Scott Noel, To Become an Artist

  

Artist Scott Noel is an evangelist for painting from direct observation. It was great to talk to him at his opening. I wanted to learn his thoughts about how his way of being an artist is holding up in our changing times.

  

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Bethann Parker - John Thornton

Bethann Parker featured in John Thornton's Almanac, The Visionary Art of Bethann Parker

I first met the visionary artist Bethann Parker at the Pennsylvania Academy’s 2019 annual student exhibition. So it was a tremendous joy to see her again last Saturday at the opening of her first solo show at Gross McCleaf. She and her husband and kids live “off the grid” in the Pocono mountains...

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