Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen are currently exhibiting their collaborative show, Asychronist, at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The presentation explores the aesthetic and conceptual connections between the artists’ practices, with a particular focus on the use of paper cut mediums to investigate the notion of separation.
Several works on view were made collaboratively, a first for both artists. Calling to mind the work of Max Ernst and Joseph Cornell, this exhibition presents Eckman-Lawn’s cut paper and collage pieces that explore the artist’s fear of the body, particularly how the body physically entraps and cages the human subject. Drawing from his experience as an illustrator, he creates a visual narrative using his own distinct vocabulary of symbols and images, combining seemingly disparate images and sources. Jason Chen will present a new series of handwoven photographs that investigates the notion of duality, interrogating the liminal space between aesthetic perspectives. Rather than a concern with patterning that typifies much of woven artwork, Chen utilizes the process of weaving to deconstruct and reconstruct the photographic image.