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Nick Cassway Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at Arden Theatre Company

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Nick Cassway
Title of Artwork: TRIPARTITE
Location: Arden Theatre Company

Artist Statement:
This installation is a sketch for TRIPARTITE, an immersive room-sized installation using a custom wallpaper pattern involving 80 to 100 sequential drawings. The custom wallpaper is designed to fit the entirety of four walls using a rendered narrative that progresses and ultimately repeats; the story ends where it begins. In the final narrative-based wallcovering, three illustrated figures distinguished from one another by race, gender and costume will depict a tumult over the balance of power. (In this sketch actors are not used, instead found footage taken from a rugby match is used to investigate movement and the relationship of three figures) The drawings are set in a simple drop repeat formation akin to traditional surface design i.e. wallpaper and printed textiles.

TRIPARTITE brings to the foreground a conversation about the foundation of American civics, the tripartite (executive, legislative and judicial) structure of government as well as the notable importance and allegorical significance of the number three in math, engineering, psychology and religion. This project builds on the recent success of Above the Sounds of Ideologies Clashing, a room size installation of what I have dubbed “evolving wallpaper” in 2016 at Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists. A portion of the installation was recently purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Work by Nick Cassway is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

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