20/92 Video Festival Call for Entries



The Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts is pleased to announce the 20/92 Video Festival Call for 2017.

The 20/92 Video Festival is a rare opportunity to exhibit your work in a gallery environment, at unique scale and format. Located in Philadelphia, PA, The Icebox Project Space is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the city at nearly 5,000 sq.ft., and has a dedicated projection system which allows for a continuous image to be cast upon its eastern wall, at a maximum size of 20’ x 92’ with a resolution of 3646 x 768. Submissions will be juried by Icebox directors Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney.

For the 2017 20/92 Video Festival we are accepting video entries with no category restrictions. Please keep in mind:

-Videos should be no more than 15 minutes in length

Submissions may be of any ratio format, but preference will be given to those that utilize the full 3646 x 768 resolution of the system. Common file formats are supported (mov, mp4, avi, but not flv)

-BE AWARE that acoustics in a space this large are unpredictable, and speech frequently becomes inaudible due to echo. For this reason we do not recommend submissions that are dependent on dialogue.

Works Selected for the 2017 20/92 Video Festival will be screened on the 9th, 10th and 11th of March from 12-6pm, with a reception March 9th from 6-9pm


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Future Perfect


The Icebox is pleased to announce Future Perfect, an ongoing project with exhibition, performance and publication on display February 2017.

Beginning in 2015, The Icebox has collected and published a yearly manual of predictions. Each edition was comprised of submissions from our greater community, and as such each individual prediction text is a reflection of where we are, and where we are going.

DEADLINE January 30th

For 2017, we aim to gather predictions from as many participants as possible. We are moving to a more timely and accessible platform, Twitter, and invite anyone to let us know what you see ahead. All predictions submitted in 2017 will be featured on the Icebox’s official Twitter account, @IceboxProjects. Feel free to direct your predictions towards us across all social media platforms by using the hashtags #futureperfect, or email your prediction directly to us at iceboxprojects@gmail.com. Please keep your entry to a maximum of 420 characters (3 tweets).

In February we will line the Icebox with the text of each prediction, constructing a space from our collective thoughts. At the opening reception, February 9th, a selected group of artists will perform a prediction of their choosing from the walls, however they see fit. All predictions will also be available as a printed book, a guide for 2017. Join us in our collective fortune telling, submit as many predictions as you like, and please share with your friends. Happy new year from the Icebox Project Space!


Future Perfect

Opening Reception February 9th, 2017

Exhibition Feb 9-25th

Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts


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Fjord Members Show


Let’s get fancy!

Please join us for a Fjord members show and holiday celebration!
Warm up with some hot toddys and other holiday inspired cocktails for a winter gathering of art, music, and friends.

In addition to the exhibition we will also be hosting a silent auction of limited edition prints and small works to raise funds for upcoming programming.

Light fare will be served. We hope to see you there!

Fjord members include: Natessa Amin, Anthony Bowers, Lindsay Chandler, Sean Fitzgerald, Liam Holding, Cameron Masters, Chrissy Scolaro, Elisa Smith, and AJ Rombach.
Learn more about Fjord here!

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Second State Press: 6th Annual Silent Auction + Party!!


Please join us and celebrate six years of community printmaking at Second State Press! BID on new artwork; BUY our limited edition hand-printed items in the sale shop, and EAT some delicious birthday cake. There will also be plenty of refreshments to quench your thirst including beer from Victory Brewing Company!

Silent Auction- Over 50 of our members have created new editions for our Sixth Annual Member Print Exchange. Follow #SSPExchange to see member prints in process.

NEW Products!- Our Fob Holders have been hard at work designing, printing, and sewing new goods! Pillows, aprons, 2017 calendar tea towels, t-shirts and more will be for sale at the party. Supplies are limited so come early!

More info here!

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InLiquid Presents: Emily Brett Lukens


InLiquid presents an exhibition of new works by artist member Emily Brett Lukens. Emily Brett Lukens uses resources from nature to create drawings and paintings that represent close-up and far away views of the earth. Her work often reflects her Midwest upbringing, where the view is flat and travel from one location to another allows the viewer time to study the patterns of the landscape.

Her non-representational images are layers of texture-combining acrylic paint, oil stick and collage mediums-creating tension and unique patterns. The images appear when the color resonates through the layered surfaces, making them glow.

Learn more about the exhibition here!

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Out of 180 submissions in their Annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and Shane LaValette, Director of LightWork, selected two stand-out artists to showcase photographic narratives through concurrent solo exhibitions: Hannah Price and Hrvoje Slovenc. With these compelling artists shown together, they collectively send a powerful message about identity and how it is constructed internally and from the outside world. Through respective explorations of race and immigration, Hannah and Hrvoje’s photos convey meaningful perspectives on how others define us, and how we define ourselves. The two artists’ exhibitions reject stereotypical perspectives and assumed contexts. The exhibitions debut on December 8, 2016 with an artist talk and gallery walkthrough from 6-8pm. They will remain on display in the PPAC gallery through February 25, 2017.
Learn more about PPAC here!

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Emily Orzech selected works from the Translated Cities series


” The prints and drawings from my series Translated Cities have developed out of repeat trips to the same neighborhood over a period of eight years. Cao Changdi, which lies on the outskirts of Beijing, is something between village, city, and suburb. ”

Emily Orzech studied at Smith College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan. She spent over a year at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing on a Fulbright grant in lithography. Her current art practice is based at Crane Arts in Philadelphia. She is Assistant Professor of printmaking at Muhlenberg College.

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MEXICANISMO: Expressions of Identity


Indigo Arts’ 30th anniversary show – including work by Enrique Flores, Nicolas de Jesus, Eddie Martinez, Felipe Morales, Rodolfo Morales, Fernando Olivera, Carlomagno Pedro, Mario Romero, Shinzaburo Takeda & others.


Mexicanismo reflects an intentional expression of Mexican identity in art which came to its fore in the years following the Mexican Revolution. A selection of prints and paintings of the last 30 years from the Indigo Arts’ collection, the exhibit testifies to the rich legacy of 20th century Mexican art. Mexicanismo illustrates many of the artistic movements unleashed by the Mexican Revolution and the advent of Mexican modernism over a century ago. While not immune to other tendencies in contemporary art of the last three decades, the artists shown here – many from the artistically fertile southern state of Oaxaca – have retained and developed the key characteristics of the period that established the Mexican School in art.

The influence of Los Tres Grandes – painter/muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros – persists in the political and cultural awareness of these artists. Oaxacan artist Fernando Olivera shares their heroic vision of the Indio peasant, and has unrelentingly championed the plight of the marginalized and the desaparecidos (the disappeared), particularly among the Tehuana peoples of the Isthmus. Mexico City artist Mario Romero recalls the heroic images of pre-Columbian art, but often uses them in an ironic way, juxtaposing them with modern articles and context. Indigenismo, a celebration of indigenous Mexican culture, inspired Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and particularly that chronicler of Mexican history and culture, Miguel Covarrubias. It lives on in the woodcuts of Oaxacan artist Modesto Bernardo and the prints and paintings of Shinzaburo Takeda. While born in Japan, Takeda has spent his entire adult life in Mexico, and has been called the “mas Mexicano” of Mexican artists. To American viewers this work bears a strong resemblance in style to American work of the Depression and New Deal era. This is no coincidence, because both were influenced by Rivera and the other Mexican muralists.

The Mexican flavor of surrealism embraced by Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo and others is reflected in the elegant work of José Eddie Martinez. The artists of the Oaxacan School in particular became known for a variety of magic realism that was described by poet Alberto Blanco: “The appearance in our history of another time and place; a space within another space; a time within another time.” It infuses the work of the late 20th century maestro, Rodolfo Morales and many that he influenced, including Enrique Flores, Leovigildo Martinez, Felipe Morales, and Fernando Olivera.

The great Mexican engraver, cartoonist and social satirist Guadalupe Posada – while of the generation preceding the Mexican muralists – was the progenitor for much of their political and social art. He introduced the figure of the calavera or skeleton that remains the primary actor of social satire in Mexican art and popular culture today. Both Posada’s political concerns and his dark humor inspired the artists of the Taller de Grafica Popolar (the People’s Graphic Workshop) founded in 1937. Posada’s work also inspires the Guerrero print-maker Nicolas de Jesus (who prints his satiric scenes on traditional amate bark-paper) and the Oaxacan calavera-sculptor and print-maker Carlomagno Pedro.

Indigo Arts has exhibited the fine art and folk arts of Mexico, particularly Oaxaca, since 1986.

More info: http://indigoarts.com/

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