Two Art Faculty Members Involved in Philadelphia Exhibition

David Aipperspach, assistant professor of painting and printmaking, curates a Philadelphia exhibition that features work by eight contemporary artists, including Sarah Kaufman, assistant professor of photography.
Sarah Kaufman, assistant professor of photography, is among eight artists featured in an exhibition at the Fjord Gallery in Philadelphia, curated by David Aipperspach, assistant professor of painting and printmaking. 
Other artists in the exhibition, titled Jump Cut, areTony Bragg, Lyla Duey, Jacob Feige, Erin Murray, Tim Portock, Paul Rouphail and Justin Webb. Says Aipperspatch: “In their inventive representations of domestic, architectural, and landscape subjects, the eight image-makers on display employ direct observation and degrees of speculative manipulation in the creation of paintings, drawings, photographs, and digital renderings.
“They address perceptual mechanics with shared penchants for stillness, ambiance, and unresolved narrative. The artists here are particularly attentive to the capacity of the camera, computer, pencil, and brush to render illusory light, resulting in a collection of work that rewards slow looking and elicits cinematic resonance.”
The gallery is at 1400 N. American St., Suite 105, Philadelphia. The exhibition opens June 16 and is on view until July 20.


“Jump Cut” refers to a film technique in which the camera makes an abrupt leap from one scene to the next, apt for describing the experience of moving through an exhibition characterized by collisions of scenographic and flat space, interior and exterior environments, night and day, and adopted cinematic conventions from long shots to close-ups, according to Aipperspatch.

Kaufman observes the Wissahickon Creek in Northwest Philadelphia each summer through the lens of her medium-format film camera. Devil’s Pool serves as the stage for the theatrics of warm-weather leisure in her moody digital prints made from scanned negatives. Her photographs offer both documentary record of a specific place and conjure associations with the art historical bathers motif. (Courtesy of David Aipperspatch)