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Guest curator: Lawren Alice  
Co-founder/Curator, Arch Enemy Arts


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About Lawren


Seeking to fill the need for a centralized hub focused exclusively on new contemporary genres within Philadelphia’s already vibrant art scene, Arch Enemy Arts was founded in 2012 as Philly’s freshest new venue dedicated to exhibiting emerging and established artists, both local and international, with an emphasis on lowbrow, representational, pop surrealism, photo-realism, decorative, figurative, urban, macabre and illustrative style art in a wide range of mediums. Located in Old City, Arch Enemy Arts is Philadelphia Magazine’s current “Best of Philly”™ Best Art Gallery and was voted the “Best Art Gallery in Philadelphia” on Philly HotList in 2013, and in 2012.


Lawren's selections


Maria Teicher

Philadelphia, PA

"If the word 'awesome' has the definition of inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, and causing or inducing awe, Maria's work is definitely 100% AWESOME in every way. I think of her as an art superhero of sorts. Rather than having the power of flight or mind reading, Maria's art superpower is her uncanny eagle-eye ability to see and paint rainbows of color in flesh tones. Her ridiculous attention to color palette and detail has always completely blown my mind. Plus, for the amount of time she takes to painstakingly paint each crease and crevasse in her plastic bag portraits, the girl must have the patience of a saint."

Hannah Yata

Brooklyn, NY

"With each piece Hannah paints she just keeps getting better and better. For someone so young with such great talent, she's an artist that I'll continue to follow as long as she's creating. Her paintings affect me like hypnotic spirals would - they make me stop, stare, and think long enough that they almost put me in a trance. While I know the meanings behind Hannah's paintings are deeper than what I'm about to say, a lot of her work makes me think of otherworldly romance novel covers that would grace the front of epic tales about revenge and heartbreak in the underwater city of Atlantis."

Scott Kirschner

Philadelphia, PA

"There's several things that draw me to Scott's work - the fantasy, the magic, and the story telling. Every piece of his looks as if he spent a day painting it in a world just outside of our own, where the sky is much darker, animals can talk, and there's always some shadowy creature lurking around the corner."

Michael Reedy

Ann Arbor, MI

"Michael's work is downright insane. From the water-tight technical execution of the medical anatomy to the subtle additions of glittered organs and googly eyes, I'm completely obsessed. Recently, Arch Enemy has had the pleasure of exhibiting his works, and I must say, it's quite a distraction to have his beauties hanging so closely to our offices. I'd bet that at least once a day one of us can be found face to face, inches away from his pieces, gushing over a new detail we've found and loved."

NoseGo

Philadelphia, PA

"Oh, NoseGo... :happy sigh: - what's NOT to like? His compositions are created from collages of exploding crystals, puffy balloon hands, bubbly cartoonish characters with paint rollers, tigers perched on floating islands, and sharks swimming in sparkly technicolor goo. His paintings look like snapshots of dreams you would have while tripping on acid in a toy store."

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