Fortress @ Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia

Fortress @ Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) presents “Fortress” at Cherry Street Pier from January 5 through February 24 with an opening reception on First Friday, January 5 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

The exhibition features artwork by two Philadelphia-based artists, Saskia Fleishman and Carrie R., and it has been curated by DRWC programming coordinator Libby Rosa.

Hung throughout the exhibition space are Saskia Fleishman’s serene landscape prints on sheer chiffon. Fleishman’s prints capture lively sunsets, full moons, and sunrises, representing transitional moments of the day that emphasize life’s transience while encouraging contemplation. Carrie R’s freestanding plaster and aqua resin sculptures are displayed on the ground, in contrast to Fleishman’s hanging works. These sculptures are pointy, plant-like, and biomorphic in form, containing thematic elements of fear, solitude, self-preservation, and beauty. Together, Saskia Fleishman and Carrie R’s artwork creates a protected and idealized landscape that can only be viewed through rectangular glances. The exhibition is set at Cherry Street Pier, which overlooks the Delaware River, providing an ideal backdrop for the artwork and emphasizing the connection between nature and human experience.

About the Artists

Saskia Fleishman (B. 1995, Baltimore, MD) graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 with a B.F.A. in painting. She has been an artist in residence at The Jentel Foundation, Tongue River Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Wassaic Project, PADA Studios, ChaNorth, and Trestle Studios, and a curator in residence at Otis College of Art and Design. Saskia’s work has been exhibited at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Dinner Gallery in New York, NY; Unit London in the UK; Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; MOCA Arlington, VA; and Silo 6776 in New Hope, PA; among others. Fleishman is currently based in Philadelphia, PA.

Carrie R. is a Philadelphia-based artist working across sculpture, drawing, and digital media. Carrie received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is the recipient of a Common Field Travel Scholarship and a James O. Dumont Travel Grant Award. Most recently, she has exhibited with 5-50 Gallery (NYC), Heiress Gallery (St. Petersburg, FL), Project Gallery V (NYC), Below Grand (NYC), Blah Blah Gallery (Philadelphia), and Paradice Palase (NYC/Online), and participated in the 2023 SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC) with 5-50 Gallery. She has forthcoming exhibitions at Good Mother Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and Cherry Street Pier (Philadelphia, PA) in January 2024, and her work appears in print in the November 2023 issue of Mister Magazine and the January 2024 edition of Suboart Magazine.

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