In Arcade/Arcadia, Ellen Harvey recreates the English seaside town of Margate (home to a derelict resort and Tracey Emin). Using aluminum fairground signs, a framework wood shack, and hand-engraved mirrors, the installation gives a 360-degree view of the once majestic town. Harvey's work makes us question our expectations for art. It also serves to mix old and new (history and the contemporary) to force contemplation about the trajectory of place.
With Arcade/Arcadia, Harvey (who know lives and works in Brooklyn) channels J.M.W. Turner, bringing great dramatic flare to Philadelphia's Locks Gallery. The installation is on view through July 13, 2012.
Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA