Press Release

September 2007, Philadelphia, PA - Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new pigmented prints by Philadelphia artist, Stuart Netsky. The exhibition will be on view from October 5-27, 2007. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, October 5, 2007 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
“Smoke and Mirrors,” an exhibition of new, pigmented prints by Stuart Netsky, cleverly references the term used to describe optical tricks played by magicians to deceive an audience. The artist’s prints feature mysterious, colorful wisps of smoke as well as ornate mirrors lacking reflections. Through these enigmatic prints, Netsky asks viewers to not only scrutinize the smoke and mirrors themselves, but also to consider what exactly is being concealed.
Netsky has had over a dozen solo exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York since 1990. His first museum survey, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 1993, included a multi-part installation referencing the AIDS epidemic and issues of vanity and mortality. Netsky’s work has been in recent exhibits across the U.S. including Mind Over Matter: Reworking Women’s Work (Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM); Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude (List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA); and S(how) (Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA).
The artist received graduate degrees in sculpture from the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art. Netsky teaches design at Drexel University and Philadelphia University.

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