January 27, 2015
In a collaborative series of photographs and ceramics, West Chester artists Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler have captured images that chronicle their 24-hour adventures in each of seven East Coast cities. The 24/7 Project features photolithography and large-scale mobiles that have become artifacts of their adventures in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Providence, Atlantic City, Baltimore, and New York City. The exhibit opens this week at West Chester University's New Gallery in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts.
Goldberg's practiced eye as a professional photographer with more than 30 years' experience caught both broad and intimate images of people and places in each city. Kahler impressed her workable clay on architectural details in each city, and created some tiles that highlight physical details and others that meld Goldberg's photos with the clay. Together, the artists' collaboration results in an exhibition that invites the audience to linger and get lost in the urban details the artists observed.
Goldberg's extensive travels and powerful, award-winning B&W photographs have been featured in solo exhibitions, as well as in public and private collections. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before going to work for UPI. After several years of freelance work and teaching B&W film and darkroom, she completed her master's in the creative arts at Hahnemann University. She was the executive director of the Chester County Art Association for 18 years. She continues to pursue her photography through documentation of her travels and exhibitions to exotic locations. Inspired by recent trips to Cuba, she plans to pursue documentary and street photography.
Kahler, who created and installed the 85x15-foot ceramic murals along the High Street gallery entrance to the University's E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, earned her bachelor's of fine arts at West Chester in 1995. Her tile work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and on Home and Garden Television (HGTV). She has worked on commissions from the Delaware Art Museum and has been guest artist instructor for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She teaches classes at the Delaware Art Museum, regional art centers, is an occasional adjunct faculty member at WCU, and has participated in numerous resident artist programs. She exhibits her hand-sculpted tiles and sculptures at fine art galleries while also working on commissions.
The exhibit runs through Saturday, Feb. 28, with a public reception for the artists on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.