Natural Selections & Salvations: Featuring New Works From Shai Dahan and Joe Iurato

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Natural Selections & Salvations: Featuring New Works From Shai Dahan and Joe Iurato
Curated by: Elizabeth Gault

1050 N. Hancock St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
February 4th, 2011 - February 25th, 2011
Opening: February 4th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

other (outside main areas)
Wed. 4pm-8pm Thursday-Saturday 11am-8pm Sunday 11am-6pm
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Exhibition Details

What: Natural Selections & Salvation: Featuring New Works from Shai Dahan and Joe Iurato

Where: Vincent Michael Gallery

1050 N. Hancock St. Suite #63 Philadelphia, PA 19123

When: Exhibit runs February 4th thru February 25th

Opening Reception Friday, February 4th 7pm – 10pm

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This February, Vincent Michael Gallery is pleased to present a dual exhibition featuring new works from artists Shai Dahan in the exhibition, Natural Selections and Joe Iurato in Salvation.  Both exhibitions will be on display February 4th to February 25th. In honor of our artists, Vincent Michael Gallery will be hosting an opening reception Friday, February 4th 7PM to 10PM.


In his newest body of works Natural Selections, artist Shai Dahan has continued to explore the issues of survivalism within the animal habitat by addressing the effect of human’s behavior and disruption to the natural order and environmental conditions. In Natural Selections, Dahan has created a series of aesthetic paintings that exemplify this struggle and focus on wildlife’s two key traits of which they must depend on: movement and survival.


Dahan portrays the distress to the natural society of wildlife by combining elements of realistic portrayal and abstract motion. He takes his interpretation of this environmental conflict and unseemingly symbiotic relationship a step further by utilizing amusing hints of industrialism and manmade weapons. Along the same lines, Joe Iurato explores another deep-seeded relationship for man: the struggle between belief amidst trials and hardship.


In his first solo gallery exhibition, artist Joe Iurato’s latest works in Salvation examine the ever-present bond between man’s faith and misfortune in modern times. With his illusive imagery, Iurato portrays the struggle between seeking solace in self, God, or society - everyone turns to something during times of adversity. Coming off his recent success at Art Basel Miami with ArtWhino Gallery's "The Takeover" exhibition, the NBA supported "Art of Basketball" exhibition, and Primary Flight, Iurato set focus on developing a new body of work for his gallery exhibition, utilizing new methods and mostly found materials. For Iurato, Salvation is a deeply personal body of work, one that arose from the question: Is our faith, wherever it may come from, a road to greener pastures or is it merely a component of tragedy in disguise?