You Are Someone New
August 6th through September 26th 2021
Opening on August 6th 6-9pm
VIP sales event on August 5th 5-8pm
Artist: Andrew Sedgwick Guth
Gallery19 in partnership with Pilsen Arts and Community House is excited to present new work by artist Andrew Sedgwick Guth in our Fall exhibition titled “You Are Now Someone New”. Andrew pushes the boundaries of painting and drawing into a unique perspective that challenges the viewer to think about what they are looking at and the nature of the male gaze and the depiction of Bear culture.
Andrew Sedgwick Guth
A Pennsylvania native, Guth is an award winning artist who has worked consistently in various mediums throughout his career including painting, printmaking, photography, installation work and film. He has studied at Temple University, Philadelphia and Harrisburg Area Community College where he has received degrees in Visual Fine Arts, Art History and Film Media & Communications.
Andrew’s work often seek to convey personal narratives, translated through the lens of his experiences as a queer man in North America. He creates a layered environment in which the viewer can project their own story through the piecing together of visuals and text, relying on personal associations to the arrangements, color and objects to dictate the experience.
Guth's work has been shown regionally and nationally continuously since 2001. His print work and paintings have been showcased through exhibits orchestrated in spaces located in Philadelphia, Toronto, Pittsburgh (The Andy Warhol Museum), New York, Washington DC (Embassy of France), Baltimore, Miami, Provincetown, Dallas, and Harrisburg, PA (The State Museum of Pennsylvania). His painting and sculptures are included in numerous private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Iceland, and France.
MEED 4: The Power if Identity
Artist: Corinne Whittemore, Melinda Rushing, and Thad Higa
Winner: Corinne Whittemore
Corinne Whittemore is an artist, single mother, graphic designer and educator. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), received her MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Arizona and has been teaching at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the past five years in graphic design. Corinne has worked in the field of graphic design for over fifteen years as a Production Artist, Graphic Designer, Marketing Coordinator and Freelancer on both the East and West Coasts. She lived, most recently, in Virginia Beach, VA before moving back to the RGV in 2014. Corinne has and continues to freelance, consult and exhibits her artwork locally, nationally and internationally.
My art is an exploration of identity and environment as well as a documentation of border culture. Border culture exists both in identifiable geographic areas and as a perceived and sacred internal space that visually and linguistically blends cultural experience and identity.
The U.S./Mexico border of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), is often a place where the blending of American and Mexican culture occurs. Although this “blending” is sometimes viewed as negative, forceful, oppressive and/or stemming from colonialism, my experience is that while the combination is full of complexity and paradox, it is also beautiful. I refer to this fragmented cultural fusion as ‘Valley Cultura’ or ‘Valley Culture’; it is a visual account of my hybrid border identity. My digital art is a transcultural narrative from the female perspective. It is as much a personal documentation and exploration of my struggle to find, claim and embrace place and cultural identity as it is a visual account of the thriving culture unique this region.
My desire to celebrate the combined cultures stems from my personal experience with adoption. I was adopted as an infant to a loving white couple with only one piece of information about my biological heritage being passed to my adoptive parents through my caseworker—that I am of Mexican descent. As was common during the time, my adoption was closed, which meant that all records concerning both parties were sealed.