Archive Space Project

Happier and Happier

February 9th – March 4th, 2012

Mat Tomezsko
http://tomezsko.blogspot.com

First Reception:Last Drop, March 4, 2012.
Second Reception: Crane Arts, Thursday, February 9th from 6-9pm

Inspired by the presence of SugarHouse Casino in the working-class neighborhood of Fishtown, this series of paintings explores the allure of the promise of easy and instant wealth associated with gambling — and particularly how this influences men in the community, appealing to their instinct to provide.
Much of the imagery was drawn from the ads and billboards put out by the casino, but also from photographs taken from inside the casino. The intention is not to cast judgement one way or the other, but to look at things are they are.

Artist Biography:

Tomezsko is a Tyler School of Art graduate. He has shown in exhibitions at both established and underground galleries, including Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Projects Gallery, the Crane Arts Building’s Ice Box and Danger Danger Gallery, among others. His work can also be seen on the streets of Manayunk as part of the 30-painting series “Look Long and Look Good,” which is a collaboration with the Mural Arts Program and the Manayunk Development Corporation.

Press for Happier and Happier:

The Philadelphia Inquirer
http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-12/news/31052459_1_gamblers-sugarhouse-casino-political-artist

Curbed Philly

http://philly.curbed.com/tags/mat-tomezsko

Philly Side Arts

http://sidearts.com/2012/03/mat-tomezsko/

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