Terri Saulin: that which requires no battle

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • November 18 - January 6, 2018
  • Receptions: Friday, Dec. 1st 6-9PM / Dec. 14th 6-9PM / January 6th - 2-6PM

“When I first moved into my old, South Philadelphia house, everything that was falling down was buttressed with scrap wood, tied up with nude-colored, nylon stockings, and slathered with concrete. The supported structures were a mysterious and curious landscape that served as a record of the architectural history of my home. My neighbors Quintina and Mario were alchemists who could build or fix anything with a piece of string.

Memories are delicate constructions. They are a labyrinth, a vast and intricate novel that at once documents, interrupts and obfuscates, creating floating entry points and a universe of emotions in every corner. In the “Shaker” spirit, I imagine a tiny wasp-worker making imaginary homes for important collections of most special memories.” – Terri Saulin

Please join Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia for our next exhibition, that which requires no battle. TSA Philadelphia member Terri Saulin and Gregory Emore are collaborating and exploring the possibilities of exhibition design, fabricating unique pedestals and mapping space. The exhibition features porcelain and paper constructions by Terri Saulin and site specific architectural display components, tailored to Saulin’s work by Gregory Emore.

Gregory Emore is a sculptor and principal of Geronimo Co. Founded in 1993, Geronimo Co. is a specialty, boutique architectural design and fabrication company located in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Emore has created fine interior and exterior works across the country, in an endless combination of materials.

Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches a variety of Studio and Media Arts courses at The Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, PA. She has been a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia since 2010 and serves as the location’s press coordinator.

Guest essayist Heath Ballowe.
Details to follow about a special closing reception on January 6, 2018 2-6PM

More info: http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/

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2017 Contemporary Photography Exhibition

  • PPAC
  • December 14, 2017 — February 17, 2018
  • Opening Reception: December 14, 2017 // Time: TBD

This year, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition garnered 176 submissions from across the country. The winning artists, chosen to showcase photographic narratives through concurrent solo exhibitions, are Christine Elfman and Mark Jayson Quines. Each artist will receive a $5,000 honorarium to aid in the development of a solo exhibition, which will be displayed in the PPAC gallery from December 14, 2017 through February 17, 2018.

Advancing PPAC’s mission to cultivate a more vibrant photography community and showcase a diverse range of artists, the annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition gives both emerging and established photographers the opportunity to progress their body of work and reach new audiences. This year’s competition was juried by Christopher McCall, Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, one of the largest photography-centered exhibition spaces in the world. Earning $5,000 honorariums for production and shipping costs, both Christine Elfman and Mark Jayson Quines will have PPAC’s support as they develop and build upon their winning submissions, which speak to their unique perspectives as artists.

Christine Elfman is an artist and educator based in Ithaca, NY, who has worked extensively with early photographic processes and with historic collections at the George Eastman House, the University of Rochester, and the Berkeley Art Museum, and is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco. Christine’s work examines the quality of change within picture making. Her photographs express the impossible desire for permanence. Her winning project, “Even Amaranth,” explores photography as a shifting medium, incapable of truly recording a subject or memory. According to myth, amaranth, a plant grown from seed to make photographs from its dye, is unfading. Yet, it yields a fugitive dye that cannot be fixed. This impermanent quality is emphasized in Christine’s fleeting depictions of landscapes, ancient artifacts and sculptures. She writes, “While attempting to secure the subject as image, landscapes turn barren, figures become statues, and still lives shift. As a series, ‘Even Amaranth’ explores photography’s defining features as a medium, both its incapacity to capture a subject and its corresponding fugitivity.”

Mark Jayson Quines is an emerging photographer based in San Francisco, CA, who has been published in Franchise Magazine and recently had his first solo show at Book & Job Gallery in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. Often present in his work are intersecting themes of spectacle, branding, subcultures, identity, and music. Mark was selected for his project, “NOBODY,” which explores the desire for apex through the symbol of Michael Jordan. “When I was about eight years old I recall staring at two pairs of Air Jordan XIIs—one my godfather’s and one my godbrother’s—they were sitting side by side in a Las Vegas hotel room on top of the room’s green patterned carpeting,” Mark writes. “The next morning, I woke up to the announcer on TV shouting Jordan’s name several times as he scored each hoop.” Through the photos in his series, Mark portrays the many cultural facets through which an icon’s legacy is magnified – trading cards, clothing, branded arcade games, and the quest for the sought-after sneaker representing the best.

Each year, PPAC’s Contemporary Photography Competition brings in a vast range of submissions from artists representing an assortment of backgrounds, aesthetics, perspectives and techniques. “We are thrilled to have two artists, based on opposite ends of the country, exhibiting side-by-side in our gallery this winter,” says PPAC Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Sarah Stolfa. “Our Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition consistently opens our eyes to new and emerging talent, and we are proud to give Christine and Mark the chance to connect with the photography community in Philadelphia.”

* above photo: Christine Elfman, Mask of Camille Claudel & Mark Jayson Quines, Boy w/ J’s

More Info: http://www.philaphotoarts.org/

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The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

  • Spillway Collective
  • November 9 - December 8, 2017
  • ​Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9th 6-9pm

AUTOMAT Collective is pleased to announce The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, a 2-person exhibition of works by Jen Shepard and Daniel Wiener. Curator Nadine Beauharnois and all AUTOMAT members would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Spillway Collective for generously offering us their gallery space for this exhibition. The words “between the devil and the deep blue sea”, from the eponymous 1932 song recorded by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk, imply a state of being between frightening or unfathomable unknowns. Shepard and Wiener make work that mines the unknowns of human emotions or environments to which few have visited, like the moon or the bottom of the sea. Wiener’s expressive, color saturated Apoxie-sculpt wall and floor sculptures, often titled after lines of poetry, suggest human faces and gestures. Each of Wiener’s sculptures has its own topography: some rippled and landscape-like, others sinuous and more figurative, composing a cast of characters at once familiar and alien. Shepard’s paintings and installations often include elements that reference the natural world, like sea kelp, rainbows, clouds, moon rocks and planetary shapes. Shepard avoids literal representation of these objects and natural phenomena and introduces a sense of play with high-keyed color, inviting us into an environment like one we may know, but in which different rules apply; here, clouds have stripes, and lightning and ocean vegetation exist in the same plane. In making work that remains outside the realm of specificity, both Shepard and Wiener have the freedom to invent and inhabit their own worlds.​

more info: http://www.spillwaycollective.com/

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New Prints by Scott Porcelli

  • Second State Press
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 2017 / 6-9pm

Scott Porcelli is a long time member and artist at Second State Press. We are excited to exhibit his screen prints that combine meticulous hand drawings and bright, layered colors.

It’s always difficult to start in a new shop and get your printing flow. Different equipment, new people, and where the heck is the tarleton anyway?! SSP wants to make it easier for you to get started and get printing. Every Second Thursday, Second State Press will hold shop orientations for members. All are welcome to attend each month.
Also be sure to check out The Quarter Sheet Challenge a revolving exhibition of shop members’ work for which the only restriction is that the 2 pieces must be 15″ x 11″.

* Second State Press (103B) is in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby
* SSP Shop Orientations: Every Second Thursday from 6 pm – 9 pm

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Charlotte A. Schatz

  • The Hall
  • October 12th - December 2nd, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 2017 / 6-9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6 pm

Charlotte A. Schatz: Philadelphia and Beyond: 30 Years of Urban Redux

The InLiquid Hall Gallery is located on the 1st floor of Crane Arts in the hallway to PPAC
InLiquid is proud to present Philadelphia and Beyond: 30 years of Urban Redux, featuring artist member Charlotte Schatz. “Changing Philadelphia,” the title of InLiquid’s 3-part series, characterizes much of Schatz’s work of the last 30 years. Schatz uses color to locate and emphasize space and light in an expressionist manner with reference to the Precisionists, who depicted mechanical and industrial subject matter at the beginning of the Industrial age.

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Escape Artist

  • Spillway Collective
  • October 8 - November 4, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th 6-9pm

Spillway presents Escape Artist, an exhibition offering an alternative reality to the current state of affairs. Artists Sarah Gamble, Jen Hitchings, Kimi Pryor, and Stoney Sasser create worlds devoid of Twitter fights, hatred, and the mundanity of the every day, and instead delve into an area of mysticism, ritualism, and the simplistic.

Sarah Gamble’s work delves into the otherworldly. Images seem as though they are written in the stars, making each figure feel god-like, holy. Eyes, detached from their human, hover in blackness, watching the viewer but eliminating their ability to grasp onto anything tangible.

The worlds that Jen Hitchings creates are a nod to the familiar, such as family gatherings and camping trips, and yet are ungrounded by her use of extreme color relationships. This manipulation of color leads the viewer’s physical recognition into a psychoanalytic interpretation of what’s happening. With these paintings, the viewer can visit alternate states of psychologically seeing.

Kimi Pryor’s paintings are both oddly specific and devoid of reference. Paintings may include a figure, but that person is often singular and melting into a surreal and strange surrounding. The viewer may be able to grasp onto one or two signifiers of the everyday, an arch or a raft or a piece of nature, but is left wondering what happened to the rest of the world.

Stoney Sasser’s three-dimensional works, hovering in space are a whimsical attempt at an alternative reality. Sea anemone-like creatures swim in swirls of color and wonder. Floating like islands in the sky, Sasser’s works are worlds of imagination. These works utilize simple materials from this world, to create radical assemblages, taking the ordinary to the extraterrestrial.

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In Darkness

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • October 6th - November 11th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Fridays 12pm - 4pm, Saturdays 2pm - 6pm or by appointment

Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to present In Darkness, a solo exhibition of works by TSA PHL member Joanna Platt.

Consisting of small video incursions and a large sculptural projection, these works explore concepts of shadow and illumination, the tiny cracks in darkness that allow the light to enter. The small pieces reference painting with thick applications of encaustic on panel, lenses obscuring and revealing small video vignettes, moments of reflection during walks in nature. In the larger installation, painted black lines create form and shadow with video projected through sanded acrylic, like light filtering through leaves on trees, the only color coming from the elusive movement of the projected footage.

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  • Fjord
  • October 12th - November 4th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturdays 2pm - 6pm and by appointment

FJORD is thrilled to announce Apparitions, our 4th Annual Juried exhibition.
Please join us for the opening reception October 12, 6-9pm or visit us during gallery hours, Saturdays 2-6pm.

Selected artists:
Winnie Ambron, Julia Bunn, Madeleine Cichy, Annson Conaway, Alex Echevarria, Garrett Gould, Pernot Hudson, Will Hutnick, Jihyun Hong, Mari, Elaine Lamp, Mira Putnam, Annasophia Vukovich, Lauryn Welch

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Calaveras & Closing the Circle

  • Indigo Arts
  • October 8th - December, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6 pm

Calaveras: Peruvian Retablos for Los Dias de los Muertos
Closing the Circle: A Selection of African Baskets

In Calaveras, Indigo Arts brings back a seasonal selection of Peruvian retablos by master artist Claudio Jimenez Quispé. As interpreted by contemporary Peruvian artists the retablo is a medium to depict all aspects of contemporary life, and even narratives of social strife and civil war. In this work Caudio has expanded on the macabre Mexican tradition of Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead.

Closing the Circle celebrates the range of contemporary African basketry with examples from several different African traditions: Raffia-palm baskets, Swazi baskets woven from sisal fibers, Sumburu beaded baskets, Tonga and Nambya ilala palm baskets, Zulu Imbenge baskets made from recycled telephone wire, Rwandan sisal and sweet-grass food baskets and traditional lidded Peace baskets woven of bamboo and raffia fibers.

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Lesley Gold: BOUND

  • Crane Old School Tenant Gallery
  • October 12th - December 2nd, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th 2017, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6 pm

Lesley Gold, tenant of Crane Old School, will be exhibiting her works in fiber and wood at the Crane Tenant Gallery. She is an observer, inspired by the patterns, shapes and details which make up the space that surrounds us. Lesley graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a BFA in Fibers and from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 2016.

* The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts


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Distance ≠ Time

  • Icebox Project Space
  • September 6th - October 12th 2017
  • Reception: September 14th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12pm - 6pm

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce Distance ≠ Time, an immersive multimedia exhibition featuring the efforts of two collectives that investigate relationships between science and the self: the Dr. Pawel Norway Dream Machine, an interactive installation and performance by the Culture Industry Dot Club, and Time Camp 001, artworks, multimedia workshops, and lectures by Black Quantum Futurism.

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Time Camp 001

  • Icebox Project Space
  • September 30th - October 1st
  • 11am - 6pm

In collaboration with Icebox Project Space Distance ≠ Time exhibition and performance, Black Quantum Futurism presents Time Camp 001, a two-day program and interactive installation exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts from various frameworks, disciplines, and cultural traditions. The program includes two days of workshops, presentations, rituals, film screenings, interactive installations and special performances from local and national artists, scientists, social activists, filmmakers, writers, poets and more at Icebox Project Space.

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Brass Tacks

  • September 14th - September 30th, 2017
  • Reception: September 14th 2017, 6pm - 9pm
  • Fridays 12pm - 6pm and Saturdays 12pm - 4pm

Spillway is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Philadelphia-based artist Carole Loeffler.

“The work in the exhibition Brass Tacks has been produced in the past six months and is a departure from my previous, primarily abstract and monochromatic red work. These text and found object based sculptural works are a reaction to the post-election, toxic political environment that is enveloping the United States and the world. They are an attempt for me to personally process what it means to be a woman, be married to a family of immigrants and try to raise kind, thoughtful children in a world that feels upside down and inside out. I’ve been thinking not only of my role in society but am trying to give a voice to the experiences my mother, father, relatives and friends have had, and may continue to have, in their everyday lives. It will be O.K., it will get better, it’s fine. And if not, if we are squashed, silenced, unseen, not listened to, laden with problems, given unattainable expectations, diminished and feel like a target and a sitting duck, we will be each others sanctuary and SEE each other.”
* Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall
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She’s Got a System

  • TSA
  • September 16th - September 30th, 2017
  • Reception: September 22nd 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Please join Tiger Strikes Asteroid in celebration of their new space in the Crane Arts Building. They will be re-staging their 2017 Open Call She’s Got a System featuring Emily Belshaw, Thomas McArdle, and Hannah Mitsu Shimabukuro, the winnders of TSA PHL’S 2017 Open Call. The three independent artists were chosen out of nearly 350 applicants, emerging as a dynamic trio of witty, layered voices.

The event will be sponsored by Dock Street Brewing and fabulous totes and prints will be available for sale!

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桃花源記 Tao Hua Yuan Ji

  • PPAC
  • September 14th - November 25th 2017
  • Soft Opening: Sept. 14th, 6pm - 9pm

Meet The Artist
September 22nd, 2pm – 3:30pm

VIP Preview and Celebration Dinner
September 27th, 6pm

Colette Fu will build the biggest pop-up book in the world inside PPAC’s Gallery. It will be approximately 13.75′ x 21′ x 58” and is inspired by Tao Yuanming, a Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, who wrote of a traveler who came upon an isolated peach blossom valley beyond a cave where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal, harmonic life with nature and each other. Although villagers told the traveler not to tell of their location, he vainly marked his path and sent government officials who were unable to find it. To the Chinese, this story is metaphoric to an imaginary unattainable Utopia where the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some – immortality. 

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A Corporeal Orchestration of Sounds and X’Cambó Pink

  • Icebox Project Space
  • August 18th - August 27th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: August 19th, 7pm - 9pm

The Icebox Project Space is excited to announce the next resident artist project by Mina Zarfsaz and Matthew Belknap. A Corporeal Orchestration of Sounds is an interactive installation founded in the cross roads between the uniqueness of an individual, bit, beat, sound, and their ability–through collective intervention–to change not only the music, conductor, and orchestra but also the space itself.

A Corporal Orchestration of Sounds pronounces the rhythmic patterns, qualities, and dynamics of power between body and space. This project affords an empathic space for tuning our ears to the presence of others in the space to aspire for a greater effect. Like an orchestra of acoustic instruments, it is the body of the spectator that co-composes the music by coordinating movements with others. All the instruments and the music of this orchestra as well as the physical orientation of the space in which the music is heard is reconstituted by how the spectators together reorganize the rhythmic content. We believe that sound and music can be uniquely effective in forging intimate and visceral connections between spectators and actually elicit changes in thought and behavior. This music has no beginning, no middle and no end. It never repeats itself exactly.

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We Do What We Do

  • Spillway
  • August 10th - September 9th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th, 2017, 6pm - 9pm

We Do What We Do features works by eighteen artists who incorporate some form of repetition into their studio practices. While each work is the result of a repeated action, the actions themselves vary greatly, from immediate mark making to precise pattern. By highlighting the unifying role of repetition in each artist’s process, this exhibition creates an inclusive environment for participating artists from the Center for Creative Works and artists from the Philadelphia area.

Astrid Bowlby, Tammy Byerly, Jessica Eldredge, Cassie Flanagan, Steven Frisoli, Cindy Gosselin, Clyde Henry, Laurie Hughes, Jason McGonigle, B. Monser, Joyce Moseley, Faith Rowbottom, Karlee Salamone, Kristina Salamone, Brandon Spicer-Crawley, Katie Truk, Tamisha Williams, Ivia Sky Yavelow
Curated by Shannon Rose Moriarty

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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Anachronism and Liberation

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • August 4th - September 17th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Anachronism and Liberation presents nine artists, ranging from emerging to established, creating work that engages with social and/or political issues in subtle and surprising ways. The artists involved are all committed makers, whose approaches offer an expanded vision of what political art pieces that consider issues of imperialism, political oppression, labor rights, environmental justice, race, gender and sexuality can look like. The work deliberately connects to traditional practices and engages in dialog with art history; at the same time, it is powerfully responsive to the urgency of this political moment.

Featured Artists: Ana Hernandez, Roberto Lugo, Rebecca Ness, Odili Donald Odita, Robert Pruitt, Lisi Raskin, Han Wang, Charles Edward Williams, Alexi Worth

Guest Curator and Essayist:Jane Irish and Crispin Sartwell

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predator, twilight, edible

  • August 10th - September 23rd, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm (with 7:30pm performances by Torey Akers & Benjamin Santiago)
    Closing Reception: September 23rd, 4-8pm, with portraits taken by Tiffany Smith from 5 - 7pm

FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce upcoming group exhibition “Predator, Twilight, Edible”. Curated by Fjord member, Chrissy Scolaro and featuring work by New York based artists Torey Akers, Benjamin Santiago and Tiffany Smith. Through performance, video, photography, sculpture and drawing we are sharing intimate space with work that is pushing the boundaries of self-disclosure as Akers, Santiago and Smith navigate identity-based themes such as communication, history and ego.

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e.c. bradley

  • Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery
  • August 10th - September 30th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Quantum Space: Light, Space, Time, Grace

Edward Bradley is an outsider whose work has been influenced both by his career in biomedical research, looking at nature at the microscopic and molecular level , and by his strong roots in mid-century minimalism. His thick, almost sculptural surfaces, use of rough and natural media such as plaster, wood, string, and fabric, and subdued color palettes are characteristic of many of his works. As if looking through a microscope at ” low power” – a quick glance at a work across a room, for example, – we see a highly ordered image composed of many seemingly identical components. But under ” higher magnification” the uniqueness of each element, their variation and frequent structural aberrancy emerge. The depth of the work’s surface invites the viewer to look at what is hidden beneath, just out of the viewer’s focal plane. Sometimes written text alluding to a place or event, or a fragment from literature, is inserted into the work to provide an emotional context for it. A quantal perception of all of ” what is” – light, space, time, grace – grounds most of the work presented here.

See more of e.c. bradley’s work here!

The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts
(right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!)

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Jennifer Baker: Northern Liberties

  • Crane Hall
  • August 10, 2017 – September 29, 2017
  • Receptions: Thursday, August 10 & September 14, from 6pm–9pm

Jennifer Baker’s ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Northern Liberties is the second exhibition in our Changing Philadelphia series, comprised of three solo exhibitions featuring artwork about Philadelphia neighborhoods.

As Baker shares, “Many of my paintings and monoprints are about the life, death and rebirth of a city neighborhood as I experienced it during three decades as an artist living and working in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Throughout the period I painted the fires and the wrecking balls, the dumpers and the downtrodden residents, and then the building and new streetscape that eventually emerged – a whole cycle of urban life in motion around me. The images constitute a visual diary of drawn out, convulsive change.”

The exhibit includes a small survey of Baker’s Northern Liberties paintings and monoprints, from the abandoned buildings and fires of the 80s and 90s to the current period of unrestrained development. The artist notes, “The changing landscape of the neighborhood is of great importance at this time, and Northern Liberties has always been a microcosm of the larger city, often in extreme.” A short text narrative will accompany each image to help tell the story.

Presented by InLiquid.
More info: https://inliquid.org/exhibitions/jennifer-baker-northern-liberties/

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2017 FOB Exhibition

  • Second State Press
  • July 13 - TBD, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Featuring the artwork of the 2017 Second State Press Fob Holders.

SSP Shop Orientations
Every Second Thursday from 6pm-9pm

It’s always difficult to start in a new shop and get your printing flow. Different equipment, new people, and where the heck is the tarleton anyway?! SSP wants to make it easier for you to get started and get printing. Every Second Thursday, Second State Press will hold shop orientations for members. All are welcome to attend each month.
Also be sure to check out The Quarter Sheet Challenge a revolving exhibition of shop members’ work for which the only restriction is that the 2 pieces must be 15″ x 11″.

Second State Press is in 103B
(in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby)

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Sense of Place

  • Spillway
  • July 13 - August 5, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Spillway Collective presents Sense of Place, an exhibition curated by Mark Basco, featuring works by three Philadelphia artists: Max Budnick, Kathryn Vaughan, and Kenneth Winterschladen. These three artists extract and translate elements of their surroundings into bodies of work, inviting viewers to exercise mindfulness in their own daily routines.

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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  • Fjord
  • June 16 - July 20, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Fjord Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Jump Cut, featuring work by Tony Bragg, Lyla Duey, Jacob Feige, Sarah Kaufman, Erin Murray, Tim Portlock, Paul Rouphail, and Justin Webb. In their inventive representations of domestic, architectural, and landscape subjects, the eight image-makers on display employ direct observation and degrees of speculative manipulation in the creation of paintings, drawings, photographs, and digital renderings. They address perceptual mechanics with shared penchants for stillness, ambiance, and unresolved narrative. The artists here are particularly attentive to the capacity of the camera, computer, pencil, and brush to render illusory light, resulting in a collection of work that rewards slow looking and elicits cinematic resonance.

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2017 PPAC Members’ Exhibition

  • PPAC
  • July 13 - August 26, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center hosts the 2017 Members’ Exhibition to celebrate the talent our diverse and passionate community, This annual survey of regional photographers showcases a diverse collection of photographic themes and genres.

Photo by John L. Stritzinger

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Art for the Cash Poor

  • June 17–18, 2017 – Noon–6pm

InLiquid is pleased to present our annual summer art sale at Crane Arts located at 1400 N. American Street. Based on the premise that everyone can be an art collector, AftCP is one of the longest running art festivals in the Kensington/Fishtown area. The best part: all works, by both emerging and established artists alike, are priced at $199 and under. This is a one-of-a-kind event where first-time collectors can speak with artists firsthand about their process, inspiration, and above all: find their niche within the arts scene.

Learn more about AFTCP here!

The Kickoff Party
Friday, June 16, 5:30–9pm

Friday night’s ticketed Kickoff Party serves as a meet-and-greet with the artists and a fundraiser for AIDS Fund, which supports HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services in the Philadelphia area. Each year the Kickoff Party offers guests an exclusive sneak-peek at the festivities to follow. Attendees at the kickoff event are given the opportunity to purchase work from a selection of the participating artists while enjoying food and light entertainment.

Heshie Zinman is InLiquid’s featured AftCP 2017 Honoree. He is the founder of the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI), a volunteer-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the aging services network and LGBT older adults. They focus on improving awareness of, and access to, the services offered by the aging services network and those available within LGBT communities. In the ’80s, he also co-founded the AIDS Library of Philadelphia, where he was the executive director for 13 years. Zinman also played an integral part in the start-up of Action AIDS (now Action Wellness), AIDS Fund, SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.
Proceeds from the Art for the Cash Poor 2017 Kickoff are split 50/50 with the AIDS Fund. Find out more about our partner at aidsfundphilly.org.

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Bugs of Paradise

  • Grey Area
  • June 8 - June 30, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8, 2017 / 6-9pm

Featuring: Gina Altadonna, Alyse C. Bernstein, Hannah Burch, Jodi Cachia, Talia Greene, Alexander Kuhn, J.A. Panetta, Debby Pasquale, Scott Schultheis, Buy Shaver, Annie Stone, PD Packard

An exhibition of small works depicting small creatures. At once intriguing, exotic, cute, and scary, Bugs of Paradise explores the undeniable appeal of the tiny critters of the world.

Presented by InLiquid in the newly renovated Grey Area Gallery at the Crane Arts. The exhibition will be on view through June and open during Art for the Cash Poor, InLiquid’s annual summer art fair at Crane Arts.

* The Grey Area is located on the 1st floor of Crane Arts before you reach the Icebox Project Space

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WP Galiczynski: Urban Artist

  • June 8 - July 28, 2017
  • Second Thursday Receptions: June 8, 2017 & July 13, 2017 from 6-9pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm

WP Galiczynski’s Urban Artist is the first exhibition in our Changing Philadelphia series, comprised of three solo exhibitions featuring artwork about Philadelphia neighborhoods. The artists have been deeply established in their environment for years, or their whole lives. Each body of work is a visual record of the artist’s reaction to and contemplation of the character, life, and transformation of a particular place over time.

Artist member WP Galiczynski’s paintings are inspired by his life and experiences growing up in Olde Kensington, where he still lives today. They are a humorous look at everyday scenes in his community, and depict a sarcastically slanted view of growing up in an urban environment. Galiczynski creates large, framed canvas works, most often acrylic based, drawing out the depth and texture of the painting to complement the compelling images of Philadelphia’s intensity and rawness.

* The InLiquid Hall Gallery is located on the 1st floor of Crane Arts in the hallway to PPAC

Learn more about WP Galiczynski here! / Learn more about InLiquid here!

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Touching the Pond

  • Fjord
  • June 8th, 6 - 9pm / June 9th, 11am - 5pm / June 10th, 11am - 5pm


Please join Fjord in celebrating the work and contributions of FJORD Members Cameron Masters, Elisa Gabor and AJ Rombach before they depart Philadelphia this summer to continue various personal pursuits. We’re sad to see them leave the city but are so grateful for all of their hard work and cannot want to celebrate in their honor!

* Fjord is located in studio 105 in the main lobby of Crane Arts

Learn more about Fjord here!

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  • PPAC

PRISM: Teen Photo
Opening Celebration: June 1 6-8PM
June 1 – June 17

A Romantic Youth: Advanced Teen Photo
Opening Celebration: June 22 6-8PM
June 22 – July 8

This year’s teen exhibition, PRISM, includes: Abreanna Williams, Aley Chaing, Amna Khalafalla, Andre Pak, Angelle Rivera, Ani Rowland, Ariana Rivera, Armanie Nickens, Asycurie Lombestova, Avery Martinez, Caren Teague, Casa Casañas, Ciani Batista, Donte Woodlin, Dymonique Hammond, Erika Ramirez-Lorenzo, Geneva Williams, Hunter Hedgepeth, Huong Vu, Imani Batista, Imani Jones, Jada McAden, Janiyah Buxton, Jasmine Culbreath, Jordyn Sanders, Joseph Novales, Kody Taylor, Le’Mar Nunez, Makeda Robinson, Martha Victoria, Pichmonyrath Peou, Queyana Myers, Rebecca Greenberg, Saniyah Robinson, Saphira Paul-Fils, Spencer Morris, Syreeta Williams, Talayah Ross, Yiovanny Pagan, Zaina Belgrave, and Zamir Bey.

This year’s Advanced Teen Photo exhibition, A Romantic Youth, includes: Abraham Cassis, Alexus Yiv, Ameera Polk, Avital Brodski, Brittany Moore, Danielle DiAmico, Inez Oliveras, Leila Lorenze, Lemicha Bracey, Marquis Bennett, Nathalie Adrien, Oliwia Paszkowska, Sabine Ostinvil, Selena Ortiz, Sophie Lubin, Souhanda Mohamed, Summer Blackwell, Tyteana Gutzmore, and Wesley Midgett.

Students were instructed by: Erik James Montgomery, Josh Kleiman, Amber Riveria (Teen Photo Alum), and Michelle Lee Wallace.

Learn more about the Teen Photo program here!

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What’s the Matter?

  • June 8 - July 8, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

SPILLWAY presents the works of Justine Ditto and Megan Webb, each taking a closer look at how objects can exist within multiple identities and experiences in the exhibition, What’s the Matter?

Justine Ditto presents a taxonomy of perceptual and physical qualities associated with a given object, while concealing its identity through measured recognition. Through a scientific lens, Justine dissects and transposes the parts that make up the whole, allowing the viewer to interact with the matter that constructs an experience with a specific object in a new way.

Megan Webb presents paintings of significant, personal objects on ordinary, mundane surfaces. By suturing both intimate and public experiences onto one surface, Megan asks the viewer to consider how these experiences alter the role or importance of everyday items, and vice versa.

* Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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People Making Pictures of Other People who Move Other People’s Shit

  • Tenant Gallery
  • June 8 - July 29, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday, noon - 6pm


Charlie Brooks, Dan Paquet and Jeremy Smith are local artists who also work together for Old City Movers. The common thread weaving their work lives and artistic pursuits together is the “menagerie” of creative personalities that they work with on a daily basis. This show is a testament to that.

Have Charlie, Dan, and Jeremy move your sh*t!

Listen to Jeremy’s band Trash Beach / Listen to Charlie’s band, The Louds

* The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts (right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!)

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THE CROSSING CHOIR: ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion

  • The Icebox
  • Sunday June 11th, 4pm


‘mid the steep sky’s commotion is the second chapter of Joshua Stamper’s four-part Elements series, exploring the enigmatic and impenetrable quality of wind, its singular and intimate relationship to the detritus of a city, and the ways in which that detritus exists as an echo of the movements, relationships, and dreams of the city of Philadelphia. Joshua Stamper’s unique, colorful, evolving music captures ‘what the wind says’ in this first collaboration with The Crossing.

Wind is the epitome of mystery: it is a force of both destruction and preservation; its origins are inscrutable and its destination is unknown. Its presence echoes through our poems and dreams, yet its patterns and path remain impenetrable-invisible save for its effect on the world around it.
– Joshua Stamper

this concert is a co-production of The Crossing, New Music at Crane Arts, and the Icebox Project Space
Learn more about Icebox Projects here!

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PAULA CAHILL Progression

  • Tenant Gallery
  • April 13 - May 28, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday,  noon - 6pm

Paula Cahill – a graduate of Tyler School of Art Temple University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – is a tenant at Crane Old School in Philadelphia. She calls her studio a fortress, her kingdom, and has been known to paint for hours on end well into the next morning. 

Of the works in Progression, Paula says, “(The) compositions are often created with a single, continuous line that meanders, layers, changes color, moves backward, forward, or connects back to the beginning. Advancing through the painting process is a contemplative,
immersive process for me and I wish the viewer their own momentary immersion as they progress through the composition.”

The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts (right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!) 

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Prints and Process works by Sibyline Window

  • Second State Press
  • May 11th - TBA, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

SSP is pleased to offer the CRE Fellowship to the printmaking community.  Each summer the studio will host an artist whose work demonstrates an uncommon grasp of the printmaking medium and an energetic approach that will likely influence future printmakers. SSP is now accepting applications for 2017 CRE Fellowship! DEADLINE: Monday, May 22nd. Apply HERE

Second State Press is in 103B (in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby)

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Behind & Before a group exhibition

  • Spillway Collective
  • May 11 - 27, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Spillway Collective presents Behind and Before. By creating a personal “altar”, each artist creates a microcosm of comfort and familiarity previously kept private. These collections of personal effects can serve as both the artists’ interpretations of adoration as well as an insight into the inspirational process that happens behind their polished works. This exhibition transforms Spillway’s gallery into a sanctuary for eight of its members, providing an intimate look into the collections and rituals that guide them in the making process. 

Mark Basco
Jenny Clay
Justine Ditto
Sean Hildreth
Shannon Moriarty
Krista Profitt
Allison Sims 
Megan Webb

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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  • Spillway Collective
  • April 13 – May 6, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 13, 6-9pm

Sean Hildreth

Santiago Galeas, Morgan Hobbs, Taryn O’Reilly, Marcelle Reinecke, Alma Selimovic, Omid Shekari, Leigh Werrell

Homonym presents seven artists who cast the figure into parallel, interchangeable roles. Within each role, the figures manifest themselves through questions that mirror the viewer’s own presence. Are we submerged within a thought? A memory? Are we a recording of a specific reality? Or are we engulfed within the vast space in our minds, stumbling around as bodiless consciousness?

These questions blur the lines between the mental and physical conditions of being human. Through this exhibition, I intend to show the junctures where those lines meet.

-Sean Hildreth, curator

Sean Hildreth is an artist based in Philadelphia. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase, and graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in May of 2015 with his MFA. His paintings consist primarily of interiors extracted and observed from within the three-story home he still lives in. His new series of work highlights similar moments out in the world to bring appreciation and awareness to little moments that go unnoticed. Sean has shown in numerous group shows in Philadelphia and in New York. He was awarded the Woodmere Purchase Prize in 2015, and was selected for the Dumfries House Residency in Scotland. He recently co-founded a new artist collective, Spillway, located in the Crane Arts building in Philadelphia.

More info: http://www.spillwaycollective.com/exhibitions.html

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to chance, to wander

  • Fjord
  • April 13th - May 27th
  • Reception: 6-9pm Thursday April 13th / Wandering Tours: 9:30am April 15th, 5:30 April 23rd, 9:30am May 6th & 5:30pm May 21st / Interactive Board Game Happening with Paula Salas May 27th
  • Open Saturdays from 12pm - 4pm
    and by appointment

​FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce upcoming group show, To Chance To Wander including American artists Joe Bochynski, Anthony Bowers, Helen Mirra, Theo Mullen III, Asha Sheshadri, and artists from Santiago, Chile: Manuela Flores, Rafael Guendelman, Paz Ortuzar, Pablo Rivera, Paula Salas.

What does it mean to get lost, now?

Chances are, it means that your phone is dead. Modernity’s penchant for busy-ness has finally merged with Google Maps to swallow up our experience of time and place. Opportunity cost is as ever-present as our over determined calendars, collapsing the value of unstructured time spent in unknown spaces. Even escape to the unknown has become increasingly difficult as we are rerouted by our phones towards some inevitable destination, with any detours Yelped to ensure the worthiness of the stop.

The artists in To Chance To Wander are searching for an antidote, however brief and innocuous. Through sculpture, performance, collaboration, film, board games, painting, prose, and print we are searching for the sense of wonder that wandering can restore, coming from perspectives that cross languages, cultures, and our American continents.

As Rebecca Solnit put it in her book, Field Guide to Getting Lost, when “you get lost… the world has become larger than your knowledge of it.” As artists search for that infinite feeling of possibility, they address also the edges and dangers of lostness; the risk that your belonging will be questioned, that your person and senses will be overwhelmed, or that profundity will melt into the mundane.

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InLiquid Presents Melinda Steffy

  • The Hall
  • April 13 – May 28, 2017
  • Thursday Receptions: April 13, 6-9pm; May 11 6-9pm
  • Wed-Sat noon-6pm

Melinda Steffy: The Score Is Not The Music

“The maxim ‘the score is not the music’ suggests that music notation printed on a page is a poor substitute for the sound of the music itself. Printed notes are sterile, an alphabet that allows a musician to produce the right pitches, but which must be interpreted and expanded to be meaningful. If the score—a visual tool—lacks some necessary quality of the music, how else might music be visually conveyed that might better capture its essence?”  – Melinda Steffy

Steffy’s current work looks to answer this question by re-interpreting music as color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, how music theory and color theory intersect, and what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head. In this series of work, she has matched the 12 notes of the chromatic scale with 12 hues on a color wheel. Using mathematical constructs like grids and pie charts, she translates masterworks by composers J.S. Bach and Béla Bartók into vibrant color patterns. The music, usually time-based and heard in sequence, becomes spatial, able to be seen all at once. Unexpected patterns emerge, revealing the complexity inherent in the music.

Steffy received an MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts and a BA from Eastern Mennonite University. Her artwork has been on display at Rowan University, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Crane Arts, Fringe Wilmington, Sam Quinn Gallery, Villanova University, Finlandia University, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Lancaster Museum of Art, Micro Museum, and Stamford Art Association, among others.

More Info: http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/crane-hall/the-score-is-not-the-music-crane-hall/

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