“Onè… Respè!”: Art from Haiti

  • Thursday, March 27 to Saturday, July 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/

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All The Little People, All The Dads

  • June 12 - July 3rd, 2014
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 12th, 6 - 9pm
  • Archive Space
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

In this recent series of work I have tried to develop an interaction between themes of the group, identity, and the organization of gender. This work has developed from drawing, to printmaking, to painting and back to printmaking. This process has evolved into an effort to deconstruct the binary system of gender, using the binary system that is drawing. This combination of concept and process has produced various constructs of image which have grown out of form supporting content. Within this practice, I am utilizing the medium of drawing and the construct of gender; wherein I am looking to bend both their uses to establish a new order. This order is constructed using subtle moments in which the group identity thrives contained by its complexity under the simplified embrace with elements of contrast. 
Simultaneously, the focus of this work has been creating an interruption of solitary identity by evoking moments of group consciousness and identity. A group identity can be shared between as few as two and strives to translate to us an emotional and moral tension. There suddenly, in looking at the organization of the group experience each singular characterization begins to shoulder the weight of societal identity.

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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 From The Studio

  • July 10 – 31, 2014
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 10, 6 – 9pm
  • The Hall
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

InLiquid will be displaying select works currently at its studio space, showcasing work by its Artist Members and community. This collection traces common themes used in the varied work of our artists.

The public hours for the Crane Arts Building are noon – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday, and until 9 pm on the Second Thursday of each month.

More info: http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/crane-hall/from-the-studio-crane-hall/

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Andi Spark: Coming Through

  • Thursday 10 July – Friday 1 August 2014
  • Opening: 6–9 pm Thursday 10 July 2014
  • Crane International Project Space (Gallery 105)
  • Wed - Sat 12-6PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

Andi Spark is an anomaly. Not to be confused with an anemone, (although she is certainly a pretty flower). She is one of those rare and unique animators who ‘is’ her work. So much animation is just vacuous colour and movement, family-friendly fodder generated by enormous studios to sell merchandise. Andi and her work are flung far down the more interesting end of the animation spectrum. She is certainly an auteur and her works are delectable, fecund and alluring extensions of her fascinating spirit.

- Adam Elliot, June 2014.

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