Glyphadelphia

April 29 - May 29, 2021

HESSE FLATOW is pleased to present “Glyphadelphia,” an intergenerational group exhibition organized by sculptor Carl D’Alvia of artists who use different variations of a glyph—ancient hieroglyphics, a question mark, shapes, icons and symbols—as a departure for their work.

 

Artists:  Alyssa McClenaghan, Amanda Martinez, Amy Feldman, Amy Pleasant, Andrea Belag, Angela Heisch, Beverly Fishman, Carl Ostendarp, Carolyn Salas, Catherine Haggarty, Chris Bogia, Christina Tenaglia, Devra Fox, Drea Cofield, Elise Ferguson, Emily Kiacz, Fawn Krieger, Glendalys Medina, John Dilg, Kalina Winters, Leah Guadagnoli, Madeline Donahue, MaryKate Maher, Matthew F Fisher, Meg Lipke, Michael Childress, Mira Dayal, Molly Greene, Rachel Mica Weiss, Rose Nestler, Ryan Wilde, Stacy Fisher, Steve Keister, Tamara Zahaykevich, Yevgeniya Baras

 

The exhibition features works by thirty-five artists spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, and collage. The works are loosely grouped into five categories, each representing different definitions of the glyph: the ancient glyph, the body, alphabet and code, geometric and minimalist, and abstracted landscape. Figures in Catherine Haggarty’s work recall Egyptian hieroglyphs of various birds, while Carolyn Salas, Drea Cofield and Amy Pleasant employ repetitive motifs of the human body in their works. Glendalys Medina and Mira Dayal explore the use of abstracted alphabetic characters; Chris Bogia, Matthew F Fisher, and Kalina Winters distill compositions down to geometric "Utopian" shapes. Emily Kiacz and Beverly Fishman utilize shaped canvases, inevitably repurposing iconography seen throughout corporate marketing campaigns—and John Dilg’s post-apocalyptic landscape recalls Philip Guston’s glyph-inspired canvases.


The glyph has been a subject and inspiration for many artists over the years including Martin Wong, Ray Yoshida, Alina Szapocznikow, Judith Bernstein, Philip Guston, Elizabeth Murray and  Deborah Kass. Glyphadelphia—which features artists aged 25 to 76—explores artists’ ongoing interest in using history as a playground, and bridging the gap between ancient and contemporary art. This show presents a catalogue of the different modalities of symbolic communication in use by contemporary artists and how this iconic mode of communication is constantly being adapted in innovative and diverse ways.

 

ABOUT CARL D’ALVIA 

Carl D’Alvia (b. 1965, Sleepy Hollow, New York) is a sculptor living and working in Connecticut and New York. D’Alvia’s post-pop resin, bronze and marble sculptures range from the abstract and geometric to the figurative and anthropomorphic. The work often explores dichotomies such as minimal/ornate, industrial/handmade, and comic/tragic. D’Alvia won the Rome Prize in 2012. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally including American Academy in Rome, Italy and The Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island.