Monday, January 16, 2012

First Friday, February 3: Karla Siegel

Karla Siegel: Paintings

January 13-February 26, 2012

Reception: Friday, February 3, 6:30-9:30PM

Artspace Liberti is proud to present its first exhibition of 2012, Karla Siegel: Paintings. This exhibition runs from January 13- February 26. The reception for Ms. Siegel will be held on February 3, on the First Friday of the month, from 6:30-9:30PM.

Siegel’s paintings on view at Artspace Liberti take their cues from the tradition of portraiture and still life in art history. She arranges these compositions in her home or observes them in places found in her daily life. Working from photographic sources made from these arrangements, she takes an objective view of them, choosing to focus on formal elements such as color, light and form. The paintings record these images but they are captured as if only registered as brief glimpses captured in motion. Movement blurs the subject sometimes to the point of pure abstraction, capturing the speed in which we experience a space, sometimes barely registering it as a well-defined memory. Foreground and background flatten into a narrow space. There is no hierarchy created by the illusion of depth or scale. Equal attention is demanded across the surface of the painting. Supporting and disparate information sometimes are cut into the composition, building meaning through association, creating a fuller account of an experience that in some ways cannot be captured by a single space or arrangement.

Karla Siegel is a Philadelphia painter, trained at Tyler, obtaining her BFA in 2004. Her work has been widely exhibited in the Philadelphia region as well as New York. In addition to her career as a painter, Ms. Siegel has worked at a number of Philadelphia art institutions including the Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Main Line Art Center.


While the gallery does not maintain regular viewing hours, visits can be scheduled by appointment. Please e-mail us at to arrange a visit. Viewing is also possible during Sunday church services between 9:00AM-1:00PM.


Artspace Liberti is a multi-discipline arts venue organized and maintained by liberti church east.

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