January 12 – March 13 2016
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with the artist January 14 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Visit the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University to view an exhibition of new works by Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes, curated by Julie Courtney.
Deus ex Machina explores the hidden mechanics of power using ordinary objects and found materials transformed into precariously balanced systems. “Deus ex machina”, or “God from the Machine”, is an artistic storytelling device used to resolve an impossible situation. In this case, Krimes draws on his own history of incarceration to explore societal hierarchies and systems through the lens of confinement. Using manmade and natural systems of containment such as birdcages and beehives, Krimes plays with shifting sightlines to create disorienting experiences that suggest authoritarian institutions, such as prisons and art galleries.
To hear more in the artist’s own words, come to the reception on Thursday, January 14. The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., with Krimes’ talk and Q & A starting at 5:30 p.m.