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Paper Architecture / Architecture de Papier

a dialogue through working drawings by Marjorie Welish and Olivier Gourvil.


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This program was made possible in part through the generous sponsorship of the Fifth Floor Foundation

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4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19148


50% Formal - 50% Informal

Slought Foundation presents "Paper Architecture / Architecture de Papier," a dialogue through working drawings by Marjorie Welish and Olivier Gourvil. In 1999, face-to-face conversations led to the idea of exchanging titles with which these painters might provoke one another to imagine conceptual architecture. A selection of the drawings thus produced, together with a sampling of their correspondence, is on view at Slought Projects from September 1-October 22, 2005, accompanied by a brochure with an essay by Joseph Masheck. Support for this collaborative project has come from the Fifth Floor Foundation. Marjorie Welish will be present for the public reception on September 24th, 2005 from 6:30-8:30pm.

The paintings of Marjorie Welish, at the Baumgartner Gallery, in New York, and at the Aaron Galleries, in Chicago, provide a context for the notational implication of drawings shown at Slought Foundation. Welish is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the International Studio Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. She is the author of Signifying Art: Essays on Art After 1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1999). In April 2002, Slought Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania produced a conference on her art and writing, the proceedings of which became Of the Diagram: The work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books, 2003).

Olivier Gourvil lives and works in Paris. Recent exhibitions of his paintings include the Artothèque de Caen (2004), the Rue Montgrand (Marseille, 2004), and the Sympra (Stuttgart, 2004). His upcoming exhibitions in Europe are at La Galeru (2005), Fontenay (, and at Duende Studios, Rotterdam, where he is an artist-in-residence for 2006. A relationship between text, drawings, and paintings usually forms the basis of his exhibitions.

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Poet, painter, and critic Marjorie Welish, known for her independence from fixed schools of thought and a desire to re-think classifications, is the subject of essays by poets, visual artists, historians, and architects.

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