June 7 – July 6, 2013
Artist Reception, June 8, 5 – 7 pm
First Friday, June 7, 6 – 8:30
LGTripp Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by poet and artist, Judy Breslin. This is her first solo exhibition at LGTG. Her work was included in the
RSVP 2 invitational in 2011.
For the last two years, Judy Breslin has used a readily available app to translate her writings—mostly poetry—into QR codes. A QR code, frequently seen on advertisements, is a type of matrix barcode that condenses information into a grid of lines and squares. The information can be unlocked using a smart phoneʼs camera. After translating her private writing into this ubiquitous and public form, Breslin printed them onto brightly colored stickers and placed them throughout Philadelphia. Like many street art practices, Breslinʼs act is a gesture of presence and a means of making an anonymous city more personal. Yet her assumption of this standardized form resists the swagger of the tag. Masquerading her writing, yet insisting on its visibility through physical placement, Breslin presents a world of things, feelings, and sensations hidden in plain sight. Her photographs return us to these sites where what we see is rarely as simple as it would seem. The unexpected twist in Breslinʼs endeavor is the spontaneous response of the passerby, also present in some of the work. A smartphone is suggested for optimum interactive experience with this exhibition.
Judy Breslin lives and works in Philadelphia. She earned degrees in English, Counseling and Computer Science. Her art ranges from installation, painting and photography, while heavily involving the written word. Always trying to make sense of time and place, Breslin often seeks out the small things of her every day surroundings as fodder for her art whether visual or auditory as evidenced in the titles given to several of her Philadelphia shows; “Some People’s Lives”, poetry and paintings which reflected the lives of ten subjects who daily documented their days for the span of a year which was then used as inspiration for poetry and large paintings, etc.; “Four Blocks Square”, a reaction in various media to Old City; and “It’s Not Funny”, small tragedies observed and translated to paintings and poetry. Breslinʼs art has added interest to walls and streets, private homes, churches, and businesses across the country.