Ava Hassinger: SISYPHUS



SISYPHUS recasts the ancient myth as the frustration of our modern day technological living by examining our preoccupation with the externals of screens, devices and the networks that enfold us much like an exoskeleton.  Does the virtual shell provide a useful means to connect us or is it simply a self-indulgent and obstructive narcissistic machine? Is it liberating or an exercise in futility? Is the labor of art-making itself, elevating or enervating? We are left to make a choice: intimacy or isolation? Humanity lives in an interconnected web with inherent contradictions— virtual, physical and spiritual. The ancient Greeks looked on the omphalos (navel) as both a symbol of our umbilical origins and as a portal to a sacred world of being, a meditation to unite the inside and outside of self.

Opening Reception
First Friday, April 6th
6pm – 10pm

319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition Dates: 4.6.2018 – 4.22.2018
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment

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    319 N. 11th St 2L
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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    2 - 6pm
    or by appointment
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