On the corner of 3rd and Race sits the Wexler Gallery, one of Philly’s hidden gems. Their current exhibition, Form to Function, comes from the Delaware Contemporary Art Museum and showcases the works of sculpture artists Gregory Nangle and Peter Pincus.
Nangle, a local Philadelphia-based artist who primarily works with glass, features a cloudy, mirrored piece that plays with the light and reflection of the gallery as well as the buzzing streets outside. Through his art, Nangle creates a spectacular illusion, where the viewer can capture a glimpse of themselves. The tarnished appearance of the art makes you feel like you are looking back at a memory.
Pincus’ work is very different and, compared to Nangle's, seemingly simple. What appears to be only vibrant colored pottery is actually very ornate porcelain where each color is a separate piece that has been perfectly pieced together to create a jigsaw-like puzzle. The most fascinating work lies in the middle of the gallery. This giant, almost-Dr.-Seuss like sculpture, has an imaginative quality to it. The viewer really needs to walk around the sculpture a few times and let their mind wonder over the complexity of it all.
The vibrancy of Pincus works are beautifully counterbalanced by the muted tones of Nangle. This exhibition, combined with the Old City setting, makes for an alluring experience. Take a step outside the standard Philadelphia art institutions and stroll into this worthwhile Old City exhibition.
Form to Function: Now- June 15, 2018. Wexler Gallery: 201 North 3rd St.