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Isaiah Zagar at Philly Magic Gardens

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until February 25, 2018

"Lava Flow: New Mosaics by Isaiah Zagar" highlights Zagar's newest method of mosaic-making along with his more traditional works. A short documentary focusing on the beginning of his mosaic career, the development of his artistic process, and the conception of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens also accompanies the exhibition. A public reception will take place on Friday, December 1, from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
www.phillymagicgardens.org

 

From Philadelphia's Magic Gardens' website:

Lava Flow looks back on Zagar’s traditional method of mosaicking and compares it to his latest mosaic technique. This exhibition portrays how his mosaics have evolved over the decades and celebrates the experimental nature of Zagar’s work.

Zagar’s current process involves reversing his traditional mosaic technique. Rather than pooling colored cement onto a canvas tarp and placing his tiles and other objects into the wet cement, he places tiles, folk art, and found objects face down onto a workable surface and pours his cement on top of his arrangement. Once hardened, Zagar lifts the piece from the work area and reveals finished product.

 “I love the poetry of it, to have such a tribute, a lava flow, an electrical storm turning the world upside down. I’m getting closer to the lava flow with this group of small works. I’m getting closer, closer, and closer. I hope I never get there.” –Isaiah Zagar

A short documentary about the artists’ life will also accompany this exhibition, which focuses on the beginning of his mosaic career, the development of his artistic process, and the conception of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. The film and the exhibition together provide a look into Zagar’s colorful and spontaneous spirit.

Each mosaic is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and all are available for immediate sale.