The Impermanence of Being, hosted at DVAA @ Da Vinci Art Alliance - DVAA, Philadelphia [from 6 to 17 June]

The Impermanence of Being, hosted at DVAA

6 - 17
18:00 - 17:00

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Da Vinci Art Alliance - DVAA
704 Catherine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
The Impermanence of Being — an exhibition hosted @ Da Vinci Art Alliance — DVAA in Gallery 1 — June 6th — 17th
Photography by DVAA member Sarah R. Bloom

Artist Reception: Sunday, June 10 from 2-5pm
— please join the artist this evening to celebrate her and her work. Open to the public.

— Opening night/”first look” is Wednesday June 6th from 6-8pm.

DVAA is proud to host The Impermanence of Being, an exhibition in Gallery 1 of photographic self-portraiture by Sarah R. Bloom. This exhibition runs concurrently with the DVAA hosted exhibition in Gallery 2, Memory Etchings, Series No. 1: Maybe I.

The focus of Bloom’s art for the past 12 years has been taking self-portraits in abandoned spaces. Broadly, the work is about aging as a woman in a society that emphasizes looks over substance, in a culture of double standards. In Bloom’s words, “more pointedly, these pieces explore my personal struggles with middle age, depression, and what I have come to call a “life unexpected.” There is a catharsis for me when I am skulking through an abandoned building, looking for the light and setting up my shots. I feel a kinship with these spaces and find it comforting to witness the earth reclaiming her space. The fact that we are here temporarily brings me peace more than it brings me anxiety.

The series began when I was 37 years old and beginning to feel a subtle sense of loss for time since passed. In the twelve years since I began, there has been the newlywed stage and then end of a marriage, a teenage girl raised, hope restored and hope lost, the greatest publicity of my career so far, and the absolute lowest I've ever been with depression. It has always been — and still is — my intention to continue this body of work into old age. This retrospective only shows a beginning.”

A note from the artist: I pose nude for the purpose of illustrating a more universal vulnerability and the striving for self-acceptance. I describe my contention with aging as being akin to the stages of grief, but these stages are non-linear. There is a looking back with longing for things that never were, but there is a defiance too. I contain multitudes, as do we all.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Joseph Robert Foundation — thank you, Joseph Robert Foundation!


MISSION: Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) provides artists with a community that fosters artistic expression and growth through our exhibitions and programs.

VISION: DVAA is a supportive community of artists and creatives focused on capturing the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. A luminary artist, scientist, architect, engineer, musician and humanitarian, Da Vinci’s curiosity inspires creativity, innovation and collaboration among our membership. Like Leonardo, we ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form and create new ways of engaging with and sharing our art.

DVAA thanks our 2018 exhibition sponsors DeFino Law Associates and Seed&Space!
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