Fishtown Pop Up Debuts with Exhibition by New York City Artist Clintel Steed
Marketplace in Philadelphia to Show Contemporary Work Along with Antique Paintings Philadelphia, PA: Fishtown Pop Up is a new gallery space in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood that will showcase the work of contemporary artists and present exhibitions of vintage and antique paintings. Heather Karlie Vieira, the founder of Heather Karlie Fine Art, 20th Century by HKFA and Modern Look Book created the Fishtown Pop Up gallery to offer permanent exhibition space for artists and dealers.
“The idea is really based on a marketplace”, says Heather, “where artists can offer their work, dealers can showcase their pieces and folks can gather to discuss and purchase art.”
The inaugural exhibition will feature the paintings of Clintel Steed in the show, “inventory, c. steed”. Clintel Steed, an American artist living and working in New York City, holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Indiana University and completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
“My work is about being alive really. I am an African American male who was born in 1977. When you look at the history and the time I was born, a lot of things were happening.”
Raised in a devoutly Pentecostal Christian household in Utah, Clintel’s childhood centered around the church. This devotion features prominently in his work to this day as an exploration of moments, feelings, situations and experiences through art.
“The battle between good and evil, heaven and hell was preached all the time. This struggle is still within me, the lust for money and the battle for power.”
The exhibition, “inventory, c. steed” will examine his body of work.
Clintel describes this as “An inventory is your past and present leading into your own future. And we are living in a jumbled up chaotic time that is lacking consistency. This exhibition offers glimpses and moments of my life, a catalogue of my brain and my emotions.”
In addition to contemporary art, Fishtown Pop Up will also offer the venue to antique dealers as a fresh approach to selling works of art. Dealers will be encouraged to create exhibitions that are thematic in nature. An antique dealer by trade, Heather wanted to create a venue to sell art that appreciated the past and looked to the future.
“Fishtown Pop Up will be a go to resource for the community, whether they are homeowners, interior designers, gallerists or art enthusiasts – the space will showcase fresh works of art every month by either contemporary artists or offered by dealers”, says Heather, “and everyone is welcome to attend, shop, learn and collect.”
Fishtown Pop Up is located at 1311 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19125. Opening night reception is Friday, April 7th, 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition will be open 1 to 7 pm April 8th to 16th and through the rest of the month by appointment.
Thank you to Heather Karlie Vieira for the content of this post.
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