Wabi Sabi

  • Spillway Collective
  • February 8th - March 8th, 2018

Spillway Collective is pleased to present a two-person exhibition, Wabi Sabi, featuring work by Ashley Rutherford and Madeline Thompson. In their inventive representation of natural landscape, the works on display employ direct observation as well as a topographical approach to materials, allowing landscape subjects to come off the walls and to encroach upon the viewer. The artists here are particularly attentive to the capacity of how we shape our environment, and and in return, how the environment shapes us.

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SpArc Services Bright · Bold · Future

  • February 8th - March 31st, 2018

The Tenant Gallery is thrilled to present work by the clients of SpArc Services, whose mission is to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement. SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center fosters creativity, growth, and community connections for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and experiences in the visual and performing arts.

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Disruption: Tom Herbert & Ken Karlic

  • Crane Hall
  • February 8, 2018 – April 7, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 & Thursday, March 8, 2018 · 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM

InLiquid presents the work of artist members Tom Herbert and Ken Karlic. While their approach and use of medium are rather different, both artists utilize distortion techniques to disrupt images of familiar subject matter.

In this exhibition, the figurative work of Tom Herbert is highlighted, showcasing his eye-catching mixed media works, that blend collage, painting and assemblage to create images of the human figure through an altered lens. Ken Karlic, on the other hand, uses watercolor to create distorted landscapes that dissolve into varying levels of abstraction. The series featured in this exhibition follows the theme of “City Lights” and is focused around a large-scale work capturing an evening cityscape, with smaller works to complement that display familiar views from behind automobiles on the road.

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David Hartt: Negative Space / the Last Poet

  • PPAC
  • February 28 – May 19, 2018
  • Opening Reception: March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

In David Hartt’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia, Negative Space / the Last Poet will present a new photographic series and film whose genesis began with a series of photographs by Robert Rauschenberg, who in 1980 documented his journey from Long Island to Captiva, Florida. Hartt repeated this journey using a drone camera to capture the territory covered. The landscape shows the reversal of urban to suburban migration patterns, an extreme concentration and stratification of wealth and power, marginalization and displacement of industry, and the emergent precarity of environmental catastrophe.

Image credit:
Production still from the Last Poet, 2017
HD Video file – Duration 22:20
Score by Daniel Givens
Narration by Francis Fukuyama

Panel Discussion
February 28, 6 – 7:30 pm
A discussion between the artist, David Hart, Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Meg Onli, the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Hartt creates work that unpacks the social, cultural, and economic complexities of his various subjects. He explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time. Born in Montréal in 1967, he lives and works in Philadelphia. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. His exhibition Stray Light originating with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago traveled to the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. A catalog for Stray Light was published by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Recently David has had solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, LA>http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/david-hartt/

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The Physicality of Painting

  • The InLiquid Gallery
  • February 8, 2018 – March 3, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 · 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

InLiquid is proud to present The Physicality of Painting, an exhibition of alluring paintings that seduce the viewer with rich texture, expressive movement, and exuberant color. The work appeals directly to the id, existing in the realm of instinct, pleasure, and intuition. The exhibition features five artists who accentuate the tangibility of their medium, creating artwork with an intensely physical presence.

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New Now

  • The InLiquid Gallery
  • January 11, 2018 – February 3, 2018
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 · 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

New Now is an exhibition featuring InLiquid’s newest members, giving them the opportunity to show their newest work. All artists who became members in the past year were invited to submit one piece. New Now features over 40 artists working in many mediums across many disciplines, offering a unique cross-section of what local artists are creating right now.

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Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • January 11 - February 17, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Thursday January 11, 6-9pm

Image by grimaldiworks , The walls of el Morro are an offensive military weapon. The bats insects ferns and flowers have cast their lot with the have nots – they have worked tirelessly since the first stone was set – to destroy this abomination- every guano dropping is like a tender carpet bombing lovingly delivering fertilized seeds to the front lines of the invasion – no pasaran! @fincaescueladelaperla , Instagram post, 2017.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is proud to present Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico, a research project by TSA member Ricky Yanas and artists/organizers Grimaldi Baez and Sheldon Abba exploring the potential of transformative pedagogical spaces in Philadelphia and beyond.

“Natural disasters have a way of clarifying things. They sweep away once-sturdy delusions, to reveal old treasures and scars.” – Molly Crabapple, “Puerto Rico’s DIY Disaster Relief,” New York Review of Books, 2017

“It appears that the act of extension, in whatever sector it takes place, means that those carrying it out need to go to “another part of the world” to “normalize it,” according to their way of viewing reality: to make it resemble their world. Thus, in its “field of association” the term extension has a significant relation to transmission, handing over, giving, messianism, mechanical transfer, cultural invasion, manipulation, etc. All these terms imply actions which transform people into “things” and negate their existence as beings who transform the world.” – Paolo Freire from “Extension or Communication,” 1974

This, the first stage in a larger collaborative effort, will highlight emancipatory projects that have emerged in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.

As the crisis lurches forward into its third month, some citizen brigades have congealed into civic groups looking past the immediate relief efforts; some are beginning to create civic strategies for the long term transformation of vital sectors of Puerto Rican society. Among these groups, those concerned with food sovereignty have been most articulate in their polemics about the need for a radical transformation in Puerto Rican society, advocating a critical intersection of literacy, technology, and civics as necessary to the viability and long term sustainability of any political project.

Today, these groups have a larger political resonance in that they echo similar needs and desires in the US. As imperial power becomes more concentrated in the era of Trump, Puerto Rico has become the crystallized symbol of a debased citizenry. During a recent visit to the island, Yanas, Baez, and Abba collected images, texts, and interviews looking for critical contexts and generative possibilities in the wake of the storm.

From January 11th to February 17th, Yanas, Baez, and Abba will treat the TSA Philly gallery space as an active studio/lab, parsing and organizing the information collected and hosting discussions around the question of exchange with Puerto Rico. What can we give? What do we need? This open form will yield not only artworks, but strategies for collaboration. Working with contributors including artists Kaitlin Pomerantz, Kristen Neville Taylor, Rogelio Baez, and community organizer Tania-María Ríos, the core group will offer a final presentation highlighting pertinent ideas, necessary resources, and next steps (dates to follow).

Ricky Yanas is a Texas-born artist, curator, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. In his work, he utilizes photography, painting, sculpture, and installation to highlight and link activist traditions and struggles by weaving a multitude of aesthetic, philosophical, and political histories. In 2016, he founded Ulises books with Nerissa Cooney, Lauren Downing, Joel Evey, Kayla Romberger and Gee Wesley.

Grimaldi Baez is a multidisciplinary artist with formal studies in printmaking drawing and sculpture. “El Cielo esta encapotado, quien los desencaotara? el desencapotador que lo desencapote, buen desencapotador sera!” -Fulano Detal

Sheldon Abba is a media artist based in Philadelphia, PA. His projects are often collaborations between artists, institutions and communities focused on documentation and collective storytelling. Current projects include Cross City Communication, Philadelphia Assembled and Chinatown Bus Stories.

Kaitlin Pomerantz is a visual artist and educator based in Philadelphia. Her interdisciplinary work in sculpture, site-specific installation, photography, and painting explores transitional landscape, land use, and the relationship between humans and nature. Pomerantz has most recently shown her work at Sierra Nevada College, Nevada; Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, Texas; Fjord Gallery and Little Berlin, Philadelphia. She was part of Philadelphia’s public art festival, Monument Lab. Pomerantz is co-facilitator of the botanical arts project WE THE WEEDS, and is an editor at Title Magazine.

Kristen Neville Taylor’s diverse practice combines drawing, sculpture, and glass which converge playfully in installation style environments. Her work considers nature futures and histories through science, anthropology, science fiction, and mythology. Taylor’s work has been shown at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, PNCA, Richard Stockton and Rowan University Art Galleries in New Jersey, and Expo Chicago. She has organized several exhibitions including Landscape Techne at Little Berlin, The Usable Earth at the Esther Klein Gallery, and she co-curated Middle of Nowhere in the Pine Barrens. Taylor is the recipient of the Yvonne M. Kelly Memorial Prize for Mixed Media, the Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.

Rogelio Baez is a painter, sculptor and creator of installations. In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Visual Arts from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the past 20 years, he has taken independent courses under the tutelage of artists such as Fran Cervoni and Amanda Carmona Bosch, and with Melanie Reign in the Dominican Republic. He is a founding member of The Storehouse Group, a gallery that provided a platform for emerging Puerto Rican artists to break into the international art market, and is founder of La corporación Artist Studios, which offered studio space to emerging artists. During the past years, his work has been part of exhibitions in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Barcelona. In 2010, he was awarded first place at the 3er Certamen de Arte Joven of Oriental Bank and Trust of Puerto Rico. In 2011, he received the Beca Lexus para Artistas and exhibited his work at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

Tania-María Ríos Marrero is a community organizer for a North Philadelphia public library, interested in the complex issues associated with access, information and creation. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she embraces Latinx communities of the diaspora and of her ancestral home Puerto Rico.

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Visual Symbolic Expression

  • The Hall
  • December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018
  • Thursday, December 14 & Thursday, January 11 from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

InLiquid presents Visual Symbolic Expression, featuring the work of artist member Jack Knight at the Crane Hall. The colorful paintings of Jack Knight originated from Geometric Abstraction to what he now refers to as “Visual Symbolic Expression.” While Knight builds his work around symbolism, he ultimately leaves it to the viewer to interpret and reflect on the content of the composition and how the visual symbols relate to them.

Knight was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in western New York. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a BS Degree in Art Education and New York State Teaching Certification. With a scholarship from the Buffalo Foundation he attended the Graduate School of Art & Architecture at State University of New York at Buffalo and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1976.

Knight has had more than 100 exhibits including 15 solo exhibits. He has also received numerous awards for his artwork and is represented in several corporate, museum and private collections, including the Bank of Boston, Pennsylvania Bank & Trust, Milton Bradley Company, Ernst & Young, Occidental Chemical, Springfield Newspapers, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Schenectady Museum and the Southern Vermont Art Center.

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Museums, Monuments, & Mausoleums

  • Spillway Collective
  • December 14 - February 3, 2018
  • ​Opening Reception: Thursday, December 14th, 6-9pm & January 11th, 6-9pm

Museums, Monuments, & Mausoleums
Gabrielle Patterson – Lydia Smith – C.J. Stahl

Spillway Collective presents Museums, Monuments, & Mausoleums, an exhibition curated by Marie Manski, featuring works by three Philadelphia Artists: Gabrielle Patterson, Lydia Smith, and C.J. Stahl.

What happens when something expires? How is it remembered and what kind of new life does it take on in its afterlife? In this exhibition, we examine the ritual of remembrance. Artists, craftspeople, and even the layperson all explore what it means to build spaces to capture and express the value of something. Whether it’s a ritual or an epitaph, a vault or a museum, a monolith or a memento- we find ways to make the ephemeral permanent.

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Further Maybe

  • December 14th - December 31st, 2017
  • December 14th, 6-9pm

FJORD presents: Further Maybe – works by Natessa Amin, Anthony Bowers, Liam Thomas Holding, & Chrissy Scolaro

FJORD Gallery is pleased to present Further Maybe, work by Natessa Amin, Anthony Bowers, Liam Thomas Holding, and Chrissy Scolaro.

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Fob Holder Alumni Exhibition

  • Tenant Gallery
  • December 14th-January 27th, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14th, 6-9PM / Closing Reception: Jan. 11th, 6-9 PM

The Second State Press Fob Holder Alumni Exhibition highlights the work of 24 artists. Second State Press (SSP) is a nonprofit community printmaking studio that has called the Crane Arts home for the past seven years. To celebrate our birthday, SSP is highlighting the incredible and diverse work of its past Fob Holders. At SSP, a Fob Holder is an artist who has been selected through an application process to have 24/7 access to the studio in exchange for helping in our shop. Fob Holders are a critical part of SSP and at the core of everything we do. They have been responsible for building a supportive and vibrant printmaking artist community in our studio and throughout the Philadelphia region. Also, they have produced exceptional work of their own while being Fob Holders. Board Members Rochelle Toner, Dean Emeritus of Tyler School of Art, and Mary Phelan, Professor at University of the Arts, have selected 24 alumni from our program from the over one hundred exceptional artists who have participated over the past seven years.

Artists include:

Lauren Abshire, Victoria Burge, Caeli Carr-Potter, Bailey Chick, Matthew Colaizzo, Josh Dannin, Aubrey DiDonato, Justine Ditto, Emilia Edwards, Mollie Goldstrom, Christopher Hartshorne, Nic Jenkins, Devin Kovach, Heather McMordie, Lauren Pakradooni, Ryan Parker, J Pascoe, Serena Perrone, Scott Porcelli, Mark Rice, Emma Ringness, Nicole Rinier, Alice Thompson

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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

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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.​

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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 8, 2017 to March 3, 2018
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6 pm

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!

Learn more about Tiger Strikes Asteroid here!

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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.

Learn more about Fjord here!

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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)

Learn more about SSP here!

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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

Learn more about Philadelphia Photo Arts Center here!

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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

Learn more about the exhibition here!

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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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