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Jaime Alvarez: Memento / Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, USA

Jaime Alvarez: Memento photography exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, USA

Jaime Alvarez: Memento / Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, USA
March 2 - April 1, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, March 2, 6pm-10pm

Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to announce its March 2012 exhibition, Memento, the first solo exhibition by TSA member Jaime Alvarez.

Alvarez’s work explores particular details of icons that function within a larger established structure or ideology. He examines and subverts the idea of memory encapsulated within objects, which share an established history of decorative use.

“In allegory, the vision of the reader is larger than the vision of the text; the reader dreams to an excess, to an overabundance. To read an allegorical narration is to see beyond the relations of narration, character, desire. To read allegory is to live in the future, the anticipation of closure, beyond the closure of narrative.” Susan Stewart, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

Memento is a collection of one hundred framed photographs of second hand souvenirs. The figurines have been painted black, lit, and photographed from the rear or three quarters view, denying the viewer the “familiar” frontal view of the objects. Alvarez’s manipulation liberates the figurines, freeing them of past associations. The once ubiquitous statuettes are transformed into a sublime tableau. The objects speak a completely new language. Imbued with emotion, they become powerful talismans, gazing into the void.

Jaime Alvarez received his MFA from Cranbrook University & his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid since 2011.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid is an artist run and artist curated exhibition space located at 319A North 11th Street, home to Vox Populi, Marginal Utility, Grizzly Grizzly, and Napoleon. Our goal is to connect the Philadelphia art scene to the global art community by showing the work of emerging artists from Philadelphia and other cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-6pm and by appointment

Tel. (484) 469 0319

Tiger Strikes Asteroid
319A North 11th Street 2H,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Above: Untitled, 2011, Jaime Alvarez, photography.

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