SP Projects is pleased to present “Wandering Nocturnal: A Collection of Work by Heather Gabel” at The Convent in Philadelphia. This exhibition marks Heather’s first east coast solo show. Through her chosen medium of collage, Heather Gabel creates cleverly contrasting classic imagery with clean stark lines and cutting irony that are at once nostalgic and timeless. Using combinations of collected vintage and Xerox papers, she creates powerful new visual juxtapositions that confront ideas about gender and pose questions about traditional femininity. This exhibition is viewable by appointment only. If you’d like to view Heather’s artwork in person, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Potter – the curator of this exhibition – via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 10 – May 10, 2016
By appointment only
1648 E Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Recently, I had the pleasure of conversing with Sarah about this exhibition and her other projects. Sarah is an independent art consultant and curator based in Philadelphia, PA. With twelve years of experience in the contemporary art world, she has placed hundreds of works of art in private collections, and has juried several regional art competitions throughout her home state of New Jersey. As the founder of SP Projects – an independent art advisory and consulting business specializing in first time art buyers and young collectors – she brings her curatorial expertise and background in contemporary arts to discovering and building new relationships with both clients and creatives.
How did you discovered Heather’s works?
I first encountered Heather’s work through the iconic imagery and logo designs she created for bands, most notably Alkaline Trio. Music was a high part of my life as a teenager and into my adult life. As a teen, I started to become aware of how a band’s merchandise, logos, and album artwork helped to shape the overall image of the band. I think this is evident in the macabre imagery Heather created for Alkaline Trio. The artwork and the music becomes a symbiotic relationship to create the full mood and feeling of the band. Later, I saw Heather’s collage work through a mutual friend of ours, and I immediately connected to the strength that is inherent in all of her pieces.
How do you describe her works? What draws you to them?
Heather’s collages are at divinely feminine, powerful, and mysterious. I see vulnerability in her subjects, but there is an immense amount of strength mixed in with the rawness. I know that Heather is working from a place of complete truth and openness, which is evident in all of her work, and I am drawn to this authenticity. I throw myself full force into any project I take on, and I only want to work with others who display a similar kind of passion and substance as myself Heather displays all of these qualities and more, and I think that is one of the main reasons we work so well together.
Do you have any current &/or upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I have a lot of irons in the fire right now! I will be hosting the Philadelphia date of Lucien Shapiro’s “Fear Collecting Rituals” tour on Saturday, May 14 at The Convent. I am so thrilled to help bring him and this incredible multimedia show to Philadelphia! Heather and I are working on doing a solo exhibit in LA in the next year. I have begun working with Future Arts, Boston’s largest urban contemporary art show. We have an exciting event coming up on October 8 at the Boston Center For the Arts. In the beginning of the year, I expanded my curatorial and art consulting business, SP Projects, to include representation for a small roster of artists. I am really enjoying working with artists in this new-for-me capacity! Those are really the only projects I am allowed to talk about right now, but please follow along with my art adventures via Instagram @iamsarahpotter or my website to stay tuned for more announcements!