Sound Affect

Sound Affect

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Reception Thursday, January 11th, 6-9pm
Recordings scheduled through January 27th

The Icebox Project Space is excited to welcome in the new year with Sound Affect, a month-long project transforming the Icebox into a hybrid recording booth/observatory. For the past three years in January, the Icebox has asked members of Philadelphia’s greater creative community to submit a prediction for the coming year, published as a document of hopes and fears told through collected dinner conversations, drawings, images, and text. Last year, our predictions resulted in an incredible night of performances: Future Perfect.

This year, we listen to sound as having both the ability to tell the future, but also speak of the past; and as such we will be recording audio predictions in the Icebox. Considering the comment by Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the true symbol of the United States not being a bald eagle but a pendulum, and looking back at several conversations that came out of our 2017 programming including Taji Ra’oof Nahl’s Amplified Repertoir-Baton, Mina Zarfsaz’s A Corporal Orchestration of Sounds, and Black Quantum Futurism’s Time Camp 001, we are stuck by time’s ability to coexist in both the past and future simultaneously. So, to imagine our past and future as the swings of a pendulum, the acoustical byproduct of this rhythmic cycle becomes the metronome or cadence of where we are today.

We are once again asking our community to contribute to this year’s collection of predictions. The Icebox will be available to anyone who is interested in contributing a sound, a song, spoken word, foot stomp, crash, or a whisper to the Sound Affect project. These sounds will be compiled and distributed as a sonic archive for 2018. Record your prediction at our Second Thursday reception, or contact to schedule a personal recording time.

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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>

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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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Fob Holder Alumni Exhibition

  • Tenant Gallery
  • December 14th-January 27th
  • 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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Announcing the Icebox Project Space 2018 Video Residency, Lisa Marie Patzer!

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to support local video artist Lisa Marie Patzer as the recipient of its 2018 Video Residency. The video residency program, entering its inaugural year, is intended to provide financial, technical, and consulting support for an artist to create a new work that utilizes the gallery’s unique multi-media projection system. Patzer is a Philadelphia-based video, web, and new media artist whose work deals with topics at the intersection of technology, identity politics, and the public sphere. During her residency, Patzer will work closely with the technical and spatial offerings of the gallery to create a new site specific video installation titled, “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy.” Looking at the history of technological advances in surveillance and Supreme Court rulings on the Fourth Amendment, this project will engage the audience to question what is a reasonable expectation of privacy in the 21st century.

Semi-Transparent, 2016 (stills), courtesy of the artist

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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

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