“Onè… Respè!”: Art from Haiti

  • Thursday, March 27 to Saturday, Aug 31, 2014
  • Second Thursday Receptions: 
April 10 & May 8 from 6 to 9pm
  • Indigo Arts
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6:00 pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

The show is named for the traditional Haitian Kreyol call and response greeting. “Onè!” – “honor” calls the greeter. The response is “Respè!” – “respect”. The exchange captures the essence of Haitian culture.

In twenty-six years of exhibiting Haitian art in Philadelphia we have often featured what is unusual or even exotic in its art and culture. Previous shows have drawn attention to the visionary, the imaginative, and the spiritual – particularly relating to the vodou religion. Since the 2010 earthquake much of the coverage of Haiti has stressed the suffering, the survival and above all the resilience of the Haitian people. Those remain valid aspects of the Haitian experience. But they are incomplete. They omit the values of honor and respect that are essential to Haitian culture.

On a recent visit to Haiti I was struck by both the damage wrought by the earthquake, much of which is still readily visible, but also by the extent to which the country is up and running, and moving on. The artists we met were happy to see visitors – our group of twenty-five museum curators, gallerists and Haitian art devotees. The ministry of tourism told us that ours was the first “non-humanitarian” group to visit Haiti since the earthquake – four years ago! It was clear that the artists were like artists everywhere – intent on doing their work, showing it and gaining the respect that is their due.

“Onè… Respè!” is a selection of the work being created in Haiti today, in painting, sculpture, textile arts and some work that falls in between. These include sculptures and mixed media paintings constructed from aluminum pots and pans, steel drum metal, wire, plastic dolls and other found materials by Jacques Eugene, Aristilde Michelet and Davidson and Kesnard Thermidor. From the warren of shacks and alleys behind the collapsed buildings of the Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince’s old commercial thoroughfare, come intense, obsessive ball-point pen drawings by Guyodo, and the fanciful, mixed-media paintings by the young artists of the Timoun Rezistans and Timoun Klere collectives. Recent drapo vodou (“voodoo flags”) include intricately beaded tapestries by Roudy Azor and Mireille Delice, as well as more traditional flags by Maxon Scylla, Yves Telemak and Georges Valris.

Current painters include Reynald Joseph, Magda Magloire, Richard Nesly, Onel, Payas and the venerable Gerard Fortuné. The exhibit also includes work by Haitian masters of the last fifty years, such as painters Montas Antoine, Wilmino Domond, G. E. Ducasse, Alexandre Gregoire, Gabriel Leveque, Stivenson Magloire, Dieuseul Paul, Prospere Pierre-Louis, Louisiane St. Fleurant and Pierre-Joseph Valcin.

More info: http://indigoarts.com/


PPAC’S 5th Annual Contemporary Photography Competition

  • June 12 - August 30, 2014
  • PPAC
  • Sun. 10am–4pm / Tues.-Thurs. 9:30am–9:30 pm / Fri. & Sat. 9:30am-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public


Brian Paul Clamp, Owner & Director of ClampArt, NYC

Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer

Selected works will be announced May 13th (due to deadline extension), 2014 via email, exhibited at PPAC from June 12 – August 30, 2014 and will be posted on PPAC’s website for the duration of the year.

First place winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize.

Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings.

Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Mr. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

MARY ELLEN MARK was presented with the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University.

She has published eighteen books including Passport (Lustrum Press, 1974), Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity in Calcutta (Friends of Photography, 1985), The Photo Essay: Photographers at work (A Smithsonian series), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years (Bulfinch, 1991), Indian Circus,(Chronicle, 1993 and Takarajimasha.

More info: http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/5th-annual-contemporary-photography-competition-and-exhibition-2/

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InLiquid presents Mark Havens

  • July 21 - September 5, 2014
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 14, 6-9pm
  • Crane Hall
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

Mark Havens Out of Season is a sprawling series of photographs taken over seven years exploring Wildwood, NJ in its off season. The photographs examine mid-century modernist architecture, parking lots, and signs, much of which have since been demolished. Utterly absent of human presence, yet still fully furnished and fully lit, Out of Season offers a captivating, bizarre, and nostalgic documentation of a thin slice of time.

A slide show of Out of Season sequenced from dawn to night will play on the Media Wall at Commerce Square during Center City District Sips, beginning Wednesday, July 16, through August 20.

Three short slideshows of Out of Season will screen on the Kimmel Cube throughout the month of August. The slideshows will feature imagery particular to the time of day, one for the morning, one for the afternoon, and one for the night. The sensitivity to the time of day further emphasizes the importance of time and place inherent to the series.

More info on InLiquid here.

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Begin Where You Are

  • August 14th - September 13th, 2014
  • Reception: August 14th from 6 – 9pm
  • Icebox
  • Wed - Sat 12-6pm / Mon – Wed by appointment
  • Free & Open To The Public

Begin Where You Are presents a broad range of artists living in Philadelphia, each with distinct modes of working, yet connected by an earnest vitality representative of the city itself. The integrity of each artist’s practice, combined with unique conversations across works throughout the show creates a complicated and contemplative dialogue. A renewed appreciation for the breadth and complexity of our common place is forged through these new relationships.

Exhibiting Artists:
Eric Abaka, Stefan Abrams, Anthony Campuzano, Micah Danges, Christopher Davison, Dechemia, Tim Eads, Kevin Finklea, Sarah Gamble, Tyler Kline, Kocot and Hatton Patrick Maguire, Virgil Marti, Quentin Morris, Eileen Neff, Karyn Olivier, Daniel Petraitis, Shelley Spector, Becky Suss, Paul Swenbeck, Shanna Waddell, Linda Yun, Marc Zajack

Off-site Interlude – Laura Bernstein
Saturday, 8/23, 7pm – I am the One Who Knocks, New Dreamz
Saturday, 9/06, 7pm – Kris Harzinski & Will Haughery, Meg Foley
Saturday, 9/13, 5pm – Elisa Gabor, Meg Foley

Curated by Anna Neighbor, Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney

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Queensland College of Art presents Emma Rochester

  • August 14th –September 6th 2014
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 14, 6-9pm
  • Crane International Project Space (Gallery 105)
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

Australian artist Emma Rochester, uses her body as a channel to investigate the iconic power of nature – a terminal through which explorations of imagination, memory, and sensorial understandings of gendered landscapes are filtered and structured into multilayered works. Exploring ideas of the feminine as allegory for natural environs. Rochester creates site-specific projects that comprise of written reflections and intuitive drawings, textile design, sculpture, video art, and performance works.

Rochester is currently the International Artist in Residence at Crane Arts from July to September 2014. Touching The Earth is the first in a series of two exhibitions that will explore the focus of her creative production and research whilst at Crane Arts.

Working with ideas of nomadic spirituality and feminist studies concerned with the Goddess movement, Rochester is using this period of creative development to develop new works. Rochester recently spent one month in Crete exploring ancient sites for the divine feminine from temple sites to Homeric caves to grottos. Allowing ‘Touching The Earth,’ to be a predominantly textile based exhibition that hinges on concepts of pilgrimage and embodied Goddess spirituality.

Emma Rochester is a PHD candidate at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her current PhD project, which investigates the relationship between feminism, landscape and deity, has been funded through a Queensland College of the Arts Postgraduate Research Grant.

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United States: 2013-14 Fob Holders of Second State Press

  • August 14th - September 30th
  • Opening Reception: August 14th 2014 from 6-9PM
  • Second State Press
  • By appointment. info@secondstatepress.org
  • Free & Open To The Public

Second State Press presents “United States” an exhibition of artwork created by Fob Holders from the past twelve months. SSP’s Fob Holders help in the daily running of the print shop in exchange for access to the studio.

Methods of printmaking, drawing, and more are represented in the work of these ten recent Fob Holders. The work demonstrates the range of concept and method of these artists, who have worked alongside one another and other members at Second State Press in the last year.

Artists: Mark Rice, Heather McMordie, Devin Kovach, Nicole Rinier, Lauren Pakradooni, Matthew Colaizzo, Mariko Perry, Julia Fox, Dominique Ellis, Kim Jackson.

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