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Pink Paris 5
Adam Wallacavage, 2012
Epoxy Clay, Lamp Parts, Epoxy Resin and Spray Paint
17.5" W x 17" H

Since graduating from the University of the Arts with a degree in photography, Wallacavage has led several creative lives, including co-founding artists’ collective, Space 1026. But he’s best known for making pop-surrealistic octopi chandeliers that liken the arms of a Victorian-era chandelier to the curves of a sea creature’s tentacles. A sprinkling of the Shore is layered atop these late 19th century allusions — Wallacavage cites his attraction to the ocean and his memories of Wildwood as an influence. When Wallacavage made the first of these chandeliers for his Victorian-era brownstone on South Broad Street, they were hard for the marketplace to categorize. Were they design or art? Kitschy-ironic or eccentric craft? Now they’re accepted as both design and art, and much of the third floor of Wallacavage’s home has been given over to octopi fabrication. That’s where he made this one, Pink Paris 5, for his recent solo show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. CT