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David Slovic
Multiple chromogenic prints
8-1/8" x 8-1/8", matted 20' x 14"

David Slovic, (1941 - 2018)
A native of Chicago, David studied fine arts and philosophy at Cornell University before coming to Philadelphia to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and work with Louis Kahn. He had his own architectural practice, first as FRIDAY Architects, then as David Slovic Associates. Art work and photography was always an essential part of my efforts. His photographic work began with the book, American Diners (1980), then evolved through architectural exhibitions that included installations, collages, drawings and photography shown in national and international venues including The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1978), La Biennale di Venezia (1980), PS1, Contemporary Art Center, New York (1981), Yale University (1982) and Lisbon Trienale di Architectura (1999).

Over the past 25 years, his time was focused on making art works using a variety of simple materials manipulated through the investigation of light, movement, time, abstraction and form including photographic collages, paper assemblages/sculpture and videos. The materials are saved, collected and repurposed to produce complex images starting with a single shape. The performance of small and repetitive gestures to build each work reflects a larger metaphor of continuous return.

The photographic collages use abstract photographs of light. Multiple chromogenic prints, from an original negative, are combined to create a unique whole. Using photography's capacity to be reproduced, multiple prints of the same image are used as individual marks that cover, overlap and expose different aspects of the same view. The original image is deformed, obscured and twisted. Hundreds of individual prints unite in the depth and movement of the flat photographs.

His work explores the nature of abstraction, a process that moves freely between the real, the imaginary and the symbolic engaging both the intellect and emotions. In each media the work is "in motion" where the viewer's eye, having little place to rest, moves over the surface and never seems to stop. The whole orders the plurality of the pieces.

The work is about light, about form, order, time, chaos, chance, movement, random systems, systematic randomness, about process, parts of a whole, about wholes made of parts, about imbuing material with spirit, understandings and essential assumptions.

The work has been in numerous group shows including Bridgette Mayer Gallery and Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Lori Bookstein Fine Art and June Bateman Gallery, New York; Hunterdon Museum of Art and Monmouth Museum, New Jersey; and Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington. Solo exhibitions include the Philadelphia Art Alliance (2002), East-West Gallery, New York (2003), the Gershman Center for Arts and Culture, Philadelphia (2006), Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia (2010) and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington (2015).

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