Past Present: William Cromar Ten Years, a new exhibition featuring works by the architect and sculptor, is now on display at The Design Center at Philadelphia University. The opening reception for the exhibit, which will run through July 11, is Wednesday, May 28, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Past Present allows a rare glimpse into Cromar’s process and conceptual development over the past decade. An architect, animator and musician, Cromar hybridizes his peculiar past into a unique body of installation art. Largely by exploring spatial psycho-perception, this work develops paradoxical manifestations of the human propensity for finding order, exploring the edge between the necessity and the futility of this fundamental impulse.
In 1983, Cromar was the co-recipient of a Silver Medal at the International Biennial of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria for the film order through geometry, produced with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1995 he was awarded an exhibition in the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial’s Challenge Exhibitions, a prestigious regional competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In addition to exhibiting work nationwide, Cromar is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at Philadelphia University. He also has taught and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting critic at Wesleyan University.