Philadelphia exhibitions. The Bridgette Mayer Gallery presents its second solo exhibition with gallery artist Nathan Pankratz ‘So many ways to say I love you, I think I’ll try every one.’ The exhibition will feature new paintings from his most recent body of work. He has continued to hone his skills as an expert colorist, layering the semi-opaque, vibrant hues of water based medium on his canvases in varying geometric or gestural, abstract shapes. Beyond its formal qualities, color is also central to the meaning behind the artist’s work. He describes thinking of his new series as he would a love letter, “where color plays the part of promise, optimistic and pure, sometimes staccatoed and muddied by misinention.” The exhibition will run from November 4 to December 23, 2015 and a reception will be held on Friday, November 6, from 6-8pm.
Nathan Pankratz received his B.F.A. from the Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA) in 2004 and his M.F.A. from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) in 2008. Pankratz was awarded the Henkels Award by the University of the Arts in 2008 and his work is prominently featured at the Fox School of Business at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He was a founder and member of the Philadelphia-based collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid from 2009-2011, and has exhibited widely including several international shows along with previous solo exhibitions at the Patterson Gallery (University Park, PA) and the Gallery @ 543 on the campus of URBN, Urban Outfitters headquarters (Philadelphia, PA), among others. The artist currently lives and works in Philadelphia.