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InLiquid presents: Art For The Cash Poor 16

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The Main Event: Saturday June 13 & Sunday June 14 – Noon–6pm
InLiquid’s Annual two-day art sale and party featuring over 100 artists, bands, and beer by Philadelphia Brewing Company, and a selection of food trucks–specific listings coming soon.

The Preview: Friday June 12, 5:30–9pm
This preview will allow avid art collectors, fans of included artists, and the public to take pleasure in a sneak peak and be among the first to purchase work, all while supporting InLiquid and enjoying food and light entertainment.

Tickets are: $30 in advance / $120 for 5 / $40 at the door / BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

Proceeds from the Event are split 50/50 with the Aids Fund. Find out more about our partner at aidsfundphilly.org.

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I guess it wouldn’t matter if I stayed a B-Boy the rest of my life

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  • Reception: Thursday, May 14 from 5-8PM
  • Suite 100B
  • Free & Open To The Public

New work by Jaither West and Linda Gonzalez

Join us Thursday, May 14 for an exhibition of new paintings, drawings and collaborative works by artists Jaither West and Linda Gonzalez. There will be live drawing, old school beats and maybe even some breakdancing.

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2015 University of Delaware MFA Thesis Exhibition

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  • May 6 – May 29, 2015
  • Opening reception: May 14th, 6-9pm
  • UD@Crane Gallery
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

Random Collide: UD MFA Thesis Exhibition
by Maiza Hixson

Responding to diverse personal influences, art historical precedents, and political themes, University of Delaware MFA graduates LeighAnn Bog- ner, Meredith Burwell, Cate Currier, Jim Dessicino, Jessica Duncan, Dusty James, Heather Ossandon, Nic Petrow, and Brian Wagner gen- erate provocative aesthetic responses to contemporary culture. LeighAnn Bogner creates vibrant geometric abstractions that reference the history of painting and textiles. Representational artist Meredith Burwell’s mon- umental canvases serve as individualized and weighty portraits of army tanks. Cate Currier explores spatial arrangements, color variation, and form through the medium of screen-printing. Sculptor Jim Dessicino con- fronts institutions of power and ideology through the tradition of figura- tive sculpture. Jessica Duncan’s sculptural assemblages are made from objects she finds while walking in the landscape. Dusty James skewers religion and culture in humorous and expressive paintings and sculpture. Heather Ossandon’s ceramic and found object installations create a poet- ic and philosophical dialogue surrounding memory and consciousness. Nic Petrow’s humorous videos and duct-taped buckets investigate color and conceptual painting strategies. Brian Wagner’s video and light installa- tions challenge us to rethink the value of labor and American consumer ex- cess. Together, these artists present a relevant portrait of multiple creative processes that echo the pluralism of today’s artistic methods and pursuits.

The exhibition features new works in a wide variety of media and artistic approaches by:
LeighAnn Bogner
Meredith Burwell
Cate Currier
Jim Dessicino
Jessica Duncan
Dusty James
Heather Ossandon
Nicholas Petrow
Brian Wagner

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No Meat In Team

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  • May 6th - May 29th 2015
  • Receptions: Wednesday, May 6th 6-9 pm & Thursday, May 14th, 6-9 pm
  • Icebox
  • Wednesday - Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

No Meat In Team is an exhibition featuring 40 artists graduating from the MFA programs at Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Organized and curated by a team of MFA candidates from both schools, this exhibition congregates two of Philadelphia’s most prominent academic programs in an effort to visualize the concerns common to both institutions. The title, No Meat in Team, plays with the collaborative nature of the project and the shared objective of both programs to come together in a productive way. This exhibition, initiated, organized and curated by students, signals a critical step made by both communities to begin actively addressing each other not simply as mutual residents of a city but as contemporaries working in the same field.

Exhibiting artists include:
María G. Albornoz – Natessa Amin – Antony Anderson – Grimaldi Baez – Jennifer Berman – Martin Blake – Elizaveta Buzytsky – Kate Clements – Moira Connelly – Dominic D’Andrea – Lindsay Deifik – Alex Echevarria – Jorge Galvan – Charles Hall – Jacob C. Hammes – Ava Hassinger – Daniel Haun – Sascha Hughes-Caley – James Howzell – Ashley Kuhn – Katie Locke – Julia Mead – Chiara No – Jen Nugent – Megan Nolde – Joan Oh – Rebecca Ott – Haigen Pearson – Jing Qian – Nate Ricciuto – Derek Rigby – Lydia Rosenberg – Kasey Short – Julia Six – Michelle Wang – Comfort Wasikhongo – Wilmer Wilson IV – Seneca Weintraut – Dean Yasko – Annie Zverina

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PPAC Presents: Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

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  • April 9th-May 30 , 2015
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 9th , 6-8PM
  • PPAC
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

Works by Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is excited to announce the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project exhibition opening on Thursday April 9th, from 6 – 8PM. Since 2012, the six artists of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project have photographed the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. They have traveled across the state, meeting with farmers, homeowners, tenants, medical practitioners, engineers, legal professionals, casual protesters and full-blown activists, people who have benefited from gas drilling and to those who have been victimized; all people whose lives have been forever changed, for better and for worse by the quest for natural gas.

Each photographer has brought a unique voice and perspective to this intensely contested and entangled subject. They have identified locations that range from intensively drilled to the margins of the gas fields. Together, these six photographers offer a compelling narrative that presents a conscientious appraisal of how the arrival of Marcellus Shale drilling has affected communities around the Commonwealth.

Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania has proven itself a deeply divisive phenomenon. Political and social lines have been drawn between friends, neighbors, sometimes even right down the middle of the kitchen table. You are, it seems, either for or against it. In clearing away some of the misinformation from both sides of the debate, the project aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding Marcellus Gas drilling, while at the same time, giving notice to those who claim that this is a process that brings with it no peril.

The exhibit that lies at the heart of this project comprises sixty photographs synthesizing the work to date. It is accompanied by a book containing many more images and supported by essays and graphics; and by a website (www.the-msdp.us). The exhibit has been travelling since it opened in Pittsburgh in late 2012, and has to date been visited by well over 20,000 people. The project has been featured in the New York Times and wired.com, amongst others.

Participating photographers:
Noah Addis, Photographer: Noah Addis has been working as an artist, photojournalist and documentary photographer for more than fifteen years. His work has been published in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, People, US News & World Report, Life’s Year in Pictures and many others. Addis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a degree in Photography. He also studied at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He is currently represented by the Corbis photo agency in New York.

http://www.noahaddis.com/

Nina Berman, Photographer: Nina Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. Her work has been extensively published, exhibited and collected, receiving awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Open Society Institute documentary photography fund among others. Her images of wounded American veterans from the Iraq War are internationally known with recent exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial, the Milano Triennale, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Princeton University. She is the author of two monographs, Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, and Homeland, both published by Trolley. She is a member of the NOOR photo collective based in Amsterdam. She lives in New York City.

http://www.ninaberman.com/

Brian Cohen, Photographer and Project Manager: A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Cohen specializes in documentary and editorial photography. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Binghamton University at the State University of New York with expertise in Visual Culture Studies. Cohen has published work on the role of photography in shaping public opinion. His latest photographic work focuses on documenting Pittsburgh’s remarkable transition and is featured regularly on Pop City.

http://www.briancohenphotography.com

Scott Goldsmith, Photographer: Scott Goldsmith has photographed feature stories for a wide variety of magazines including: The National Geographic, LIFE, TIME, Fortune, Business Week. Sports Illustrated and People. His work has taken him to the jungles of Costa Rica, the swamps of Jamaica, the slums of Haiti, caves, deserts, and several rides on Air Force One with the president. He has worked in 49 of the 50 US states and 10 foreign countries. Scott has won over 100 awards for his work including the 2007, 2008, 2009 editions of Communication Arts and the 2011 Black & White International Spider Awards. In October of 2011 he was honored by the National Academy of Science for work published by the National Geographic.

http://www.scottgoldsmith.com/

Lynn Johnson, Photographer: Johnson holds a B.A. in Photographic Illustration and Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Masters from the School of Visual Communications at Ohio University. She was a Staff Photographer at The Pittsburgh Press for seven years before beginning her freelance career as a contract photographer for Black Star then Aurora Photos. In 2012, Lynn was honored with the National Geographic Photographers’ Photographer Award. She is currently represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

http://www.lynnjohnsonphoto.com/

Martha Rial, Photographer: Rial is a Pittsburgh-based photographer who specializes in documentary, editorial, travel and portrait photography. Rial is winner of the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, National Headliner Award, Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, and named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year. Rial frequently lectures and exhibits her work nationally.

http://www.martharial.com/

Exhibition Curator:
Laura Domencic, Director, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and curator: Domencic holds a BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University. She studied photography and textiles at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Domencic worked at Pittsburgh’s Society of Contemporary Craft and Sweetwater Center for the Arts prior to joining the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She was instrumental in saving the Center and negotiating the merger with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
http://pittsburgharts.org

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Queensland College of Art Presents: Pat Hoffie

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  • Thursday 9 April–Saturday 25 April
  • Opening night: Thursday 9 April 6–9pm
  • Crane International Project Space (Gallery 105)
  • Wednesday–Saturday 12–6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

An exhibition of ‘works on paper’ that critically considers what might still ‘work’ on paper in an era of global communication.

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Feeding Speculation: Annual Predictive Texts

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  • Spring 2015
  • Released by Ryan McCartney and Timothy Belknap

Featuring: Ryan Eckes, Chris DiOrio, Anna Neighbor, Jack Krick, Dave Kyu, Scott Kip, Donald Camp, Kocot and Hatton, Quentin Morris, David Stephens, Clancy Philbrick, William Williams, Eric Laska, Mimi Cheng, Vincent Strijkan, Molly Strijkan, Caleb Morfit, Casey McCollum, Zoe Cohen, Ken Rosso, Naftali and Nomi, Antonia Brown, Tiona McClodden, Allison McDaniel, Larry Becker, and Heidi Nivling

Early in 2015, the Icebox Project Space approached several friends with a simple idea: share a meal with someone, and over the course of conversation arrive at a prediction for the coming week, year, decade or more. A number of people participated, sitting down to dinner with friends, significant others, and family members, whether over a home cooked meal or out at a restaurant. The gamut of ideas that arose from these conversations ranged from predictions for the next day to far into the future, from projections for one’s own life to musings on the fate of the entire world. These predictions were then put into a publication, Feeding Speculation: Annual Predictive Texts, which was released at the Second Thursday of February 2015.

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CIS: Steven Williams and Vinson Houston

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  • Thursday, April 9th from 6-9PM
  • CIS (1st floor)
  • Free & Open To The Public

Celebrate the release of Steven William’s “Super Duck & The Awesome Hare Battle Fighters Vol. 1 #1″ with a signing and exhibition of new work by Steven Williams and Vinson Houston!
More Info: http://www.cisworks.org/

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Edge vs. Oblivion: Francine Affourtit, 2014 CRE Fellow

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  • April 9th through May 17th
  • Second Thursday Reception: April 9th, 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Second State Press
  • Free & Open To The Public

Second State Press is pleased to present “Edge vs. Oblivion” by Francine K. Affourtit, the 2014 recipient of the Cindi R. Ettinger Fellowship. The works on view in the exhibition were created during or inspired by her month-long residency at Second State Press this past July. Francine’s proposal to investigate strategies for producing large-scale woodcut prints from a small press bed developed into an exploration of the conceptual pairing of method and form.

The artist states: “My practice converges at the intersection of language, systems, and the methodology of printmaking as a means for developing structures where chance and control can dance in a rhythmic duet. By tackling the technical obstruction of press size by folding large sheets of paper through a smaller press bed, I began an investigation into the symbiotic relationship of paper and matrix. In this series, the paper takes and integral role in the composition: The shifting planes of folded paper, both real and illusionary, form both the technical scaffolding of the work and the aesthetic and conceptual contemplation of trace, fold, profundity, edge and void.”

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Victory For Tyler

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  • April 1, 2015 - April 26, 2015
  • OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • The Icebox
  • Wednesday - SUNDAY 12-6pm

REGISTER/RSVP AT WWW.ALUMNI.TEMPLE.EDU/VICTORY2015

2015 Victory for Tyler Juror:  Anthony Elms
Anthony Elms joined ICA as Associate Curator in 2011. He organized White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart (2013) which presented the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation, and served as the organizing curator for Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Show (2012). He is also a writer and editor of the publishing imprint WhiteWalls Inc. Elms’s writings have appeared inAfterall, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Artforum, Cakewalk, May Revue, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, and Time Out Chicago. He has written essays for many catalogues and edited collections including Cosey Complex (Koenig Books) and the forthcoming Irena Knezevic: Here Comes the Darkness (Illinois State University). He has independently curated many exhibitions, including:Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns (with Philip von Zweck); and Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-61 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis), which traveled to ICA in 2009. Having received both a BFA and MFA, as an artist, Elms has been included in projects exhibited at Gahlberg Gallery (Glen Ellyn), Mandrake (Los Angeles), Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), and VONZWECK (Chicago), among other places. Previously he worked at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and before that the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. He was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

2015 Victory for Tyler Artists
Lindsey Bain, MFA 2011, Fibers and Materials Studies; Paula Cahill, BFA 2009, Painting and Drawing; Lyla Duey, BFA 2010, Painting and Drawing; Raphael Fenton-Spaid, BS 2008/MFA 2014, Art Education/Painting and Drawing; Cheryl Harper, BFA 1988, Printmaking; Ken Hill, BFA 2007, Painting and Drawing;Alexa Hoyer, MFA 2005, Sculpture; Terrance James, BA 2011, Art; Carmichael Jones, BFA 2013, Glass; Kerry Kolenut, MFA 2009, Photography; James Labold, BFA 2004, Glass; Carla Lombardi, MFA 1995, Ceramics; Fabian Lopez, MFA 2009, Painting and Drawing; Gabriel Martinez, MFA 1991, Photography;Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, MFA 2003, Painting and Drawing; Angela McQuillan, BFA 2010, Painting and Drawing; Nathaniel Mell, BFA 2012, Glass;Amanda Nardone, BFA 2014, Glass; Jacqueline Nowakowski, BFA 2013, Sculpture; Carol Petino, BFA, 1982, Painting and Drawing; Heather Phillips, BFA 2008, Photography; Nicole Salnikov, BS 2014, Architecture; Kirsten Ullrich, MFA 2005, Painting and Drawing
Victory for Tyler is a biennial, juried exhibition organized by the Tyler Alumni Association in partnership with the Tyler School of Art and Temple University.

The exhibition is hosted at the Icebox gallery at the Crane Arts building. The Icebox Project Space, a single, uninterrupted 5,000 square-foot room, is located in the Crane Company Building at 1400 North American Street in Philadelphia. It is the largest and one of the most exclusive gallery spaces in the Philadelphia region. For additional information on Victory for Tyler please contact Molly Clark Davis, Director of Alumni Relations at 215.926.2226 ormolly.clarkdavis@temple.edu.

Victory for Tyler Sponsors
Special thanks to Victory Brewing Company, Crane Arts and PECO for their support of Victory for Tyler.         
Past jurors have included
2013 – Victory for All; Juror Paulina Pobocha
2011 – Works on Paper; Juror Robert Storr and Posters; Juror Luba Lukova

2009 – Sculpture; Juror Sarina Basta

2007 – Painting; Juror Jenelle Porter

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Matthew Kendig: …And the Sky is Blue

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  • Thursday April 9th 2015- May 11th 2015
  • Reception: Second Thursday April 9th, 2015, 6-9pm
  • Archive Space
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

Archive Space is pleased to present a collection of photographs by Matthew Kendig. As a Philadelphia based photographer, Kendig’s work highlights various places and things that people often do not notice. Kendig explains that photography is his way of expressing appreciation for bright colors and small overlooked details found throughout his every day experiences.
 
He captures these elements with a “stop and smell the roses” attitude. Through his imagery he invites the viewer to slow down and value the ordinary daily elements, just as Kendig does. He uses pinhole cameras and alternative process photography, which informs the final imagery of his work.

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Envisioning Cuba

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ON VIEW: APRIL 9TH – MAY 2ND, 2015
  • OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 9TH 6-8P
  • WILLIAM WYKLE CLASSROOM AT PPAC
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

In January of this year, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center organized a trip of thirteen travelers to Havana, Cuba. Photography instructors Ron Tarver and Sarah Stolfa led the group of photographers on an exciting tour of the historic city and surrounding countryside. Evening critiques and conversation with the instructors allowed the travelers to improve their photography skills and share their photographs from each day.

In celebration of the striking photographs taken during the trip, PPAC exhibits in the William Wykle Classroom the work of Bonnie Barnes, Linda Braceland, Ley Breuel, James D. Brown, Mary Brown, James Bryan, Stanley Muravchick, John Stritzinger, Susan W. West, Gloria S. Whitney, and N.E. Whitney.

Photo by Gloria S. Whitney

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PECO Second Saturday at Second State Press

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  • Saturday, April 11th from noon to 2 PM
  • Second State Press
  • Free!

April Workshop Theme: Printmaker’s Blues: Introduction to Cyanotypes

PECO Second Saturdays at Second State Press is our FREE public program that allows families and students to come together and learn about printmaking every second Saturday of the month from noon to 2 PM. Each workshop is family and student centered, giving one-on-one opportunities to make art! Open to the public; we kindly request you RSVP by calling 215-232-2120 or emailing info@secondstatepress.org.

April 11th
Instructor: Mark Rice
Utilize the power of the sun to create prints on fabric tote bags! In this class, students will learn how to make cyanotypes and photograms to create a group of prints using both drawings and collage. And we will develop all of these creation s using solar power! Families will also collaborate on a larger work of art that will be exhibited in June at Second State Press. Each participant will walk away with a tote bag that they create. Suitable for ages 6 & up.

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PRINTS + PROCESS: Kip Deeds the “Alasktic” Series

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  • March 12th - April 4th, 2015
  • Reception: Thursday, March 12th, 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Second State Press
  • Free & Open To The Public

Second State Press is pleased to present “Alasktic” by Kip Deeds as the most recent exhibition in our Prints + Process series. Prints + Process takes a look inside the process of completing a print project. Process could include prints, drawings, proofs, films, and hand written notes… some that represent substantive changes in direction, others that don’t.

In Kips Words:
/The “Alasktic” series of prints are about travel between extremes (e.g. temperature, geography, culture). With some reflection, I know that the process of making these prints was also about dealing with itinerant circumstances. Preparatory drawings and prints were made in a number of different places including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Washington State. It is as if, instead of having many luxuries, I was only allowed to carry a backpack and a pocket knife. Limitations led to a certain crisp economy, each print process exists in a distinct place on the page. While a great territory was explored, pacing was considered and necessary energy was conserved so that an arrival at a distant destination and a point of completion was met. /

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Philadelphia Sound Forum

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  • Saturday, March 7th, at 8 pm *One Night Only
  • Icebox Project Space
  • Tickets are $10 for non-students, $7 for students at the door. 

On Saturday, March 7th, the Icebox and Philadelphia Sound Forum present the deformation of figures, a performance by percussionist Tim Feeney and artist and composer Seth Cluett. The work explores the embodied experience resulting from the interaction between the performer and the responsive feedback provided by the membrane of the drum head. In this new work, Cluett uses an actuator that creates an environment, or instrumental “weather,” with which Feeney interacts. The actuator acts to encourage or inhibit Feeney’s techniques of sound production, resulting in the emergent behavior of an unpredictable sonic landscape.
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20/92 Video Screening Juried by Alex DaCorte

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  • March 12th, 2015 at 6 pm *One Night Only
  • Icebox
  • Free & Open To The Public

The Second Thursday of March marks the 20/92 Video Screening for 2015.This year’s event will consist of thirteen videos selected by juror Alex DaCorte, a Philadelphia-based artist whose work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. These video shorts, chosen from an open call featuring artists from around the world, will be projected across the Icebox walls at a size of up to 20 feet by 92 feet, creating a unique and wholly immersive viewing experience.The screening will take place on Thursday, March 12, at 6 pm and will feature videos from Gregory Kalliche, Katie Hovencamp, Joan Oh, Joseph Thomas,  Dustin Nelson, Justin Bursk, Alex Ibsen, Bryne Rasmussen-Smith and Andrew Smith-Rasmussen, Eric Abaka, Michael Richison, Grant Petrey, and Lindsey Glover.

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Radical Romanticism

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  • March 12th –April 3rd 2015
  • Opening: Second Thursday, March12th from 6-9pm
  • Gallery 105
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-5pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

This exhibition of paintings, prints and video from artists from the Queensland College of Art considers anew the experience of the everyday.

Curator Susan OSTLING brings together works of Australian artists Christopher BENNIE, Julie FRAGAR, Bob MERCER and Jenny WATSON to reconsider the contemporary aesthetic of the everyday. It is in capturing the fleeting, the overlooked or the remembered, or focusing on the ever-present or a chance encounter, that a radical romantic underpinning is detected.

These artists’ work can be seen to be imbued with a yearning for a distant past, a search for a freer world, a pursuit of a dream or a desire for a different future. As writers on Romanticism note, this search can take many forms – in the imaginary or the real, for the here and now, or for the future.

For Christopher Bennie, a romantic gesture can be seen in the way he conflates the imaginary and the real. An underground supermarket car park has flocks of birds seeking nightly refuge. Why does Bennie’s camera follow them around? Is he mysteriously drawn to them? Do the birds bring a sense of the natural world into this post-industrial place, or are they a form of foreboding?

Julie Fragar says that her prints and paintings are her means of dealing with the slippery nature of reality, of working out what is real and unreal. Ironically, this occurs through an art-making process that is in itself she says, “pure fabrication”. Fragar says she often feels slightly removed from ‘the real’ and her work is a search to grasp and engage with what can be said to be the really real. An aspect of romantic restlessness is to seek to transform oneself. Fragar handles in her prints and paintings this grasp for a clearer view of oneself, to know more even for a fraction of a second.

Robert Mercer takes a serious interest in what is generally overlooked. He doesn’t necessarily seek subject matter to photograph or video; he comes upon it as he goes about his day-to-day life. In this exhibition, the video work is drawn from what Mercer happened to notice through his window while visiting Fort Kochi, India on New Year’s Eve 2014. He becomes privy to a whole family narrative that for Western viewers speaks of a time and place well before modern capitalism. On the other hand, equally, it could be Mercer’s desire for a new future.

Jenny Watson’s paintings are imbued with intensity. They are sketchily rendered as if being painted before us and so, not quite finished. Time is always present, but only as a memory. Watson draws from her own life as an artist, “a girl in a hurry” as she says. While the romantic impulse of these works is clear, what makes them so memorable is the flip they cause us to take from the imaginary into the real. This occurs through the material presence of the surfaces on which Watson paints: damask, cotton, satin, or organza overlay.

These artists’ works cause us to rethink the way contemporary ideas of the everyday turn on a certain thread of romanticism. Henri Lefebvre, writing in the 1970s about the everyday, comments that all forms of romanticism are based on “dissention, doubling and tearing apart”. These are deeply felt concepts—and all to be found within these artists’ works.

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InLiquid Presents Anthony Vega

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  • March 12 – April 26, 2015
  • Opening: Second Thursday, March12th from 6-9pm
  • The Hall
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

InLiquid presents Disappearing Horizon, a solo exhibition by artist member Anthony Vega. This show presents new works, including both paintings and drawings that relate to Vega’s new Instagram project. He utilizes content, scale, mark, material and color to engage and challenge our contemporary conditions, allowing the works to invite viewers to question and investigate their visual landscape in new ways.

Vega is a visual artist, educator and curator in the Philadelphia area, and he is represented by LG Tripp Gallery (Philadelphia). His undergraduate work was completed at Saint Joseph’s University, where he studied fine art and philosophy, and his Master of Fine Arts degree was received from the University of Delaware. 

He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware, teaching studio courses, contemporary art theory and media studies as well as adjunct faculty at Penn State Brandywine teaching drawing and painting courses. Previously, Vega was the director of the University of Delaware Philadelphia gallery, UD@Crane, in the Crane Arts building. Vega’s work is exhibited in galleries, museums and other venues regionally and nationally.

Vega writes about his art:
“The main interests in my practice lie in my fascination with the translation of language and image in the digital age. My work is an exploration of my relationship to culture, interpretation, and how we apply meaning personally and socially.”

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Annie Daley: Roots

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  • March 12th-April 8th 2015
  • Reception: Second Thursday, March12th from 6-9pm
  • Archive Space
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

These paper roots are documentation of a place, a moment, or an adventure in nature. They are replicas, recording a piece of memory, and are literally pieces of roots found during hikes and experiences. Farming and agriculture have deeply influenced my work. The idea of how recollections change and re-grow and then change again is a theme within this series. Plants are a very transitory and also a consistent part of life, just as our roots and past experiences. Through the process of farming I am able to connect with plants in a very intimate way, in which the imagery of this setting instructs my process and creations.

I am interested in the way memories are chronicled or logged within people’s lives through photos or video.  Within this series Roots I am exploring where I come from and where I am going using a different medium. I have explored with various media the idea of memory and how tangible and ephemeral our moments are. Photos connect memory with tangible artifacts. When we document these memories, the ephemeral meets a pause, through a snapshot of an experience. The roots are providing a similar glimpse into a moment. The question I am asking the viewer within these works is: When does the memory itself become the object?

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PPAC’s Birthday Bash & Gallery Re-Opening

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  • Thursday, February 12th
  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
  • General Admission 6-8PM (Free) / Gallery Re-opening Preview 5-6PM ($50 PER PERSON)

Re-opening Preview (5-6PM) * Purchase Tickets Here *
Be the first to see the Beyond the Surface: Image as Object in the newly expanded gallery! Join us for champagne, hors d’oeuvres to start off the birthday celebration! Purchase tickets by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Beyond The Surface: Image As Object Opening Reception (6-8PM)
Come to the opening reception of Beyond the Surface: Image as Object, curated by Dan Leers. In this exhibition, the featured artists: David Kennedy Cutler, Ethan Greenbaum, and Sara Greenberger Rafferty explore beyond the surface meaning of everyday images and objects.

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