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Roxana Azar, “Licking the Thorns of a Rose” Art Exhibition — Paradigm Gallery + Studio

When: February 25th – March 20th (Gallery hours & appointments vary)
Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S 4th Street

Roxana Azar, “Licking the Thorns of a Rose”

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to announce Licking the Thorns of a Rose, a debut solo exhibition of new work by artist Roxana Azar (they/them/she/her). Along with their takeover of the main gallery space, Azar will transform two street-facing windows with unique installations featuring vinyl and acrylic works.

The show’s title came to Azar in a dream, illuminating the surreal beauty of their work, and the contradictions and complexities within. Mesmerizing suncatchers emit a spectrum of colorful light across the gallery walls and beyond as ethereal text-based imagery captures the imagination. Azar’s new work marks a continuation of their biophilic practice while expanding into new techniques in printmaking, collage, and photography. Licking the Thorns of a Rose will be open to the public from February 25th through March 20th, 2022, with an opening reception on Friday, February 25th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

In the bleakest season, and in the third year of the global pandemic, the vibrance and vitality of Azar’s works serve as antidotes to the darkness that surrounds us all. Colorful, biomorphic forms illuminate the gallery and reflect onto the street outside, casting out the shadows with prismatic, shimmering light.

Visit Paradigm’s website for more information.
Join the artists for an in-person reception on Friday, February 25th.

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This event is not produced by the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) but is shared on our Website Calendar where events occurring within our district are featured. Please contact event organizer for questions.

Hourly Schedule


11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Weekdays by appointment


Feb 26 2022


All Day


Paradigm Studio + Gallery
746 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147