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On View at James Oliver Gallery June 7th - 15th, 2024:

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Pent-Up features seven artists based in Philadelphia and New York City working in mediums spanning painting, photography, and sculpture. Curated by Kylie Aylies, the week long exhibition references folk art and traditional imagery to depict the familiar, and sometimes strange, scenes of inhabiting a city. Finding beauty in communal landscapes, while witnessing undeniable disparity in the day to day. Attend the opening reception Friday, June 7th from 6-9pm.

Molly Burt-Westvig is a visual artist with a practice spanning across modes and media, from painting and photography to video and installation. Her work questions the history of landscape painting and ideas of the sublime, bridging the immaterial experiences of the digital with the embodied presence of our physical world through projected video, sculpture and salvaged objects. Made between her studio in Philadelphia and the scrapyards beyond, it draws upon salvaged materials from the city itself like broken auto parts and glass to make moments which blur the edge between beauty and violence.


Molly Burt-Westvig

Honestly We’ve Been Better

Glitched TC2 jacquard weaving



Molly Burt-Westvig

Asphalt Elegy

Acrylic, chalk and oil on asphalt encrusted panel


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Molly has participated in numerous residencies including Gullkistan, PILOTENKUCHE and Anderson Ranch, exhibiting nationally and internationally. In 2023 she was featured in the MFA edition of New American Paintings, and in 2024 her writing and work was published in Peer Review Volume II.                                          


Sakura Hartman is a multi-disciplinary artist from Philadelphia, exploring themes of the spirit, religion, nature, and deterioration as they intersect with surveillance and technological advancement. She is currently pursuing a BFA in painting with a minor in printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts just in time for the collapse of the institution. She loves walking around, hates phonies, dreams of standing under a waterfall. She has recently developed a burning desire to create wood sculptures.

Gods Will (wood, spray paint, staples, India ink) was creating as a result of an overwhelming fascination with patterns, numbers and license plates. It is based on a real vanity plate she saw on a contemplative walk that haunted her for weeks.

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