Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble


Fire Museum Presents :

Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble with special guest

Asimina Chremos

Saturday, July 23rd 8:00 PM
Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts
1400 N. American St

“Play Death More Sweetly”, an immersive atmosphere of largely improvised projections (including as many as 4 overhead projectors manipulated by visual artist Erik Ruin), musicians (care of his group the Ominous Cloud Ensemble) and movement (featuring dancer Asimina Chremos, perhaps more), with many performers scattered throughout the darkened space. The hour-long performance will incorporate fragments of text from Paul Celan’s iconic post-WW2 poem “Todesfuge” and exploring the themes of terror and mortality it evokes.

Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble :

Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, recently lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly’s finest musicians, who have collaborated with everyone from Anthony Braxton to the Sun Ra Arkestra to Chris Forsyth to Spires That In the Sunset Rise.

Asimina Chremos:

Asimina Chremos is a dancer/artist with interest in the continua between form and flow, nature and culture, repetition and change, and discipline and pleasure. She began her artistic career as a ballet dancer and has since moved into improvisational and experimental dance, often performing with improvising musicians. Her aesthetic is also reflected in works of freeform lace crochet.

Reid Books- prepared guitar
Heru Shabaka-Ra- trumpet
Nick Millevoi- guitar
Julius Masri- electronics, percussion
Dan Blacksberg- trombone
Anna Young- vocals
DM Hotep- guitar
Lindsay Baukert- violin
Scott Verrastro- drums, percussion
Asimina Chremos- movement
Erik Ruin- projections, tapes


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AFRICA Modern / 1960-2010

  • May 18 - October 8, 2016
  • Indigo Arts
  • Wed - Sat: 12 PM to 6 PM

Africa Modern celebrates thirty years of showing the arts of Africa at Indigo Arts Gallery. The exhibit samples the broad range of artwork from the fifty years following Africa’s independence from colonial rule – roughly from 1960 to 2010. It includes paintings, prints and sculpture by artists from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Senegal. Artists include: Kamante Gatura, Kamau “Cartoon” Joseph, John Kamicha, James Mbuthia and Sane Wadu from Kenya; “Dino” (Camordino Mustafa Jetha) from Mozambique; Yinka Adeyemi, Toyin Folorunso, Femi Johnson and Twins Seven-Seven from Nigeria; Omary Amonde, Mohammed Wasia Charinda, George Lilanga, Sayuki Matindiko and Simon Mpata from Tanzania; and Gora Mbengue and Alexis Ngom from Senegal.

The artists’ work is as diverse as the African continent. Most of these artists are self-taught, or come out of a workshop environment. Their work is modern in style and medium, but in many cases draws on an older, “tribal” or religious tradition. The Nigerian artists all come out of the Oshogbo artists’ workshops that date from the early sixties. While they worked in various media – oil and acrylic painting, etching, batik, repoussé metal and even beadwork – much of their work was inspired by the traditions and mythology of their Yoruba ethnicity. The most prominent member of this group was Twins Seven-Seven, who exploded on the Nigerian scene to great acclaim in 1964, but spent much of his later life in exile in Philadelphia.

The Kenyan artists vary in style and background but most are self-taught and passed through an artists’ workshop, such as the Banana Hill Art Studio, Ngecha Artist Association, or Kuona Trust Art Studio.

The Tanzanian artists all have links to the Tinga-Tinga popular painting movement invented by the late Edward Saidi Tingatinga in 1968. His brother Simon Mpata and his cousin Omary Amonde both worked in the lively style he pioneered, but some have veered in other directions – Mohammed Charinda to a documentary and sometimes brutally realistic style and Sayuki Matindiko to a playful cartoonlike style inspired by the magical shetani figures of George Lilanga.

Mozambique wood-carver Dino also works in a documentary style, depicting places, professions, ceremonies and events of modern Mozambican life with precision and humor.

The Senegalese artists work with reverse-painting on glass, expanding on a tradition of Muslim religious icons and family portraits, with subjects that draw on modern Senegalese life and folklore.

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Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 6 pm.

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce LIVE/WORK, an exhibition of artists residing in the greater Philadelphia area born after 1990 (26 and under). The featured artists were selected from an open call to the city- none are currently enrolled in a degree program.

In a city as expansive as Philadelphia, our ever-growing arts community is not growing fast enough. The diversity of makers here is not always apparent, and the opportunity to be seen and heard is not always present, especially for those early in their careers. In response to this certain lack, The Icebox Project Space presents LIVE/WORK, specifically focusing on providing a chance for younger artists outside of academic structures to exhibit. Providing this platform is meant not only as an act of inclusion, but also as an acknowledgement of the commitment that every artist makes in working and negotiating a space for their practice. Please join us in recognizing more members of our community.

Lucia Rose Alber, Michelle Albertson, Gérardine Aldamar, Kim Altomare, Jayna Anderson, Eric Anthony Berdis, Cody Bluett, Ian Bosak, Hilary Brashnear, Mathew Coldony, Corinna Cowles, Anna DeCaria, Morgan Gilbreath, Maddie Hewitt, Kees Holterman, Alexa Jensky, Thomas Lauria, Isabel Lederman, Kevin Lowenthal, Olivia Menta, Yue Nakayama, Erin O’Brien, John Riggi, Michael Schaffner, Ethan Patrick Sherman, James Sturner, Brett Suemnicht, Morgan Twist, Tara Vaughn, Hilary Wang, Kenneth Winterschladen, Cara Yarmolowicz, Maya Yu Zhang

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  • JUNE 9 TO AUGUST 28, 2016
  • PPAC
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm

This summer, ‘Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122’ will call on South Kensington’s residents to narrate the story of their community as it has changed over time. As part of the Philly Block Project, an ongoing, grassroots collaboration in this community, curator Kalia Brooks will unveil ‘Archive Collective’ as the first of two exhibitions in the PPAC Gallery.

Since September 2015, the Collective has been gathering and organizing media that tells the story of South Kensington. The resulting archive includes photography and film that reflect the civic, industrial, spiritual, recreational and familial components that make up the dynamics of a place.

More than 1,200 images were submitted to the archive by current and former residents; through these images, you will ‘meet’ Hakan Ibisi, who carries a photograph of the Turkish grandfather who passed before he was born, but inspires him through their shared connection to Kensington’s streets. Then there’s David Livewell, a homegrown poet whose writing is inspired by his family photography. Joined by dozens of new and experienced artists in South Kensington, their narratives will activate the history and the experience of the South Kensington neighborhood as it continues to shift.

Sourcing archival images from libraries, city records and beyond, the exhibit also showcases landmarks like America’s first Salvation Army, Girard Ave’s iconic trolleys, and the once prolific Stetson hat factory.

Whether you’ve witnessed these changes first-hand, or you’ve only experienced a small piece of South Kensington, the exhibition will take a deeper look at where our community has been and where we’re heading. Meet us at PPAC this June for the opening of ‘Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122!’

Major support for the Philly Block Project was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Penn Treaty Special Services District.

* Photograph by David Livewell of his brother and his friends hanging out at Hancock Playground in the 80’s.

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InLiquid presents Andrea Caldarise

  • May 12 — July 9
  • 2nd Thursday receptions: May 12 and June 9, 6 – 9pm
  • The Hall
  • 12–6pm / Wednesday – Saturday

InLiquid presents In Two Parks at Once, which is a solo exhibition by InLiquid artist member Andrea Caldarise. Her art focuses on connecting audiences with an urban space, capturing the experience of discovery, and recreating a place through memory and imagination. These maps begin at one specific moment and continue to branch out to chart the details that define a bus stop or a familiar piece of sidewalk. The maps act both as a personal guide and as an atlas for viewers to experience their own recollections through the journeys of others. Working in collage, Caldarise’s map imagery oscillates from literal to abstract, as she works to capture the ephemeral experience of navigating a cityscape.

Caldarise is a painter, collage-maker, and collaborator inspired by happenstance conversations, exploring, and memories. Caldarise studied painting and art history at Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she received her BFA and completed an MA in Arts Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in residencies at Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside, Troy, NY and Yale School of Art’s summer fellowship in Norfolk, CT. She is also an artistic collaborator with RealLivePeople, a Philadelphia-based dance company. Caldarise has exhibited her artwork in Philadelphia, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Rome, Italy. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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  • MAY 12 – MAY 27, 2016
  • PPAC
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm

* Photo by Alexus Yiv

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is proud to announce the exhibition and opening reception of Teen Photo (2015 – 2016), PPAC’s free after school teaching program. Area students had the opportunity to develop their own artistic style while learning photography using digital equipment at PPAC. The student photographers spent seven months learning and discovering the medium through their own lens.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of 50 young artists: Abraham Cassis, Ada Marin, Alexandrea Gosnell, Alexis Peoples, Alexus Yiv, Ameera Polk, Andrew Robinson, Anny Liu, Aransy Feliciana, Brittany Moore, Coraletta Tucker, Danielle DiAmico, Elizabeth Nguyen, Gabriela Restituyo, Gavin Taylor, Georgina Powell, Jabree Benson, Jade Royster, Jennifer Le, Jonathan Adrien, Julie Louineus, Justice Understanding, Justina Refela, Katurrah Boyer, Keenan Smith, Leila Lorenze, Lemicha Bracey, Lisa Noel, Lotus Datts, Luis Cotto, Malik Barrett, Merhawi Tesfay, Nadia Jackson, Nakiya Owens, Nathalie Adrien, Nazhua Tairi, Oliwia Paszkowska, Patricia Cherry, Sabine Ostinvil, Santos Rivera, Selena Ortiz, Sharaine Eldafrawy, Souhanda Mohamed, Summer Blackwell, Tahje Jones, Touré Brooks, Tyteana Gutzmore, & Vanahi Diaz.

A special book and prints will be available for purchase during the course of the exhibition.

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