Wabi Sabi

  • Spillway Collective
  • February 8th - March 8th, 2018

Spillway Collective is pleased to present a two-person exhibition, Wabi Sabi, featuring work by Ashley Rutherford and Madeline Thompson. In their inventive representation of natural landscape, the works on display employ direct observation as well as a topographical approach to materials, allowing landscape subjects to come off the walls and to encroach upon the viewer. The artists here are particularly attentive to the capacity of how we shape our environment, and and in return, how the environment shapes us.

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SpArc Services Bright · Bold · Future

  • February 8th - March 31st, 2018

The Tenant Gallery is thrilled to present work by the clients of SpArc Services, whose mission is to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement. SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center fosters creativity, growth, and community connections for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and experiences in the visual and performing arts.

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Disruption: Tom Herbert & Ken Karlic

  • Crane Hall
  • February 8, 2018 – April 7, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 & Thursday, March 8, 2018 · 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM

InLiquid presents the work of artist members Tom Herbert and Ken Karlic. While their approach and use of medium are rather different, both artists utilize distortion techniques to disrupt images of familiar subject matter.

In this exhibition, the figurative work of Tom Herbert is highlighted, showcasing his eye-catching mixed media works, that blend collage, painting and assemblage to create images of the human figure through an altered lens. Ken Karlic, on the other hand, uses watercolor to create distorted landscapes that dissolve into varying levels of abstraction. The series featured in this exhibition follows the theme of “City Lights” and is focused around a large-scale work capturing an evening cityscape, with smaller works to complement that display familiar views from behind automobiles on the road.

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Dial O for Operator

  • February 8th, 6-9pm

Dial 0 for Operator

February 8th, 6-9pm
Icebox Project Space
One Night Only!


To Begin:  Call One of These Numbers





 The best way to start a phone conversation is to greet the other person politely and introduce yourself if you think the person doesn’t know who’s calling. You could say, for instance, “Good morning. This is Chad from Liberty Bank.” Break the ice with small talk, such as commenting on the weather or a recent sports game. Then, get to the point of the call by saying, “I’m calling to discuss”  (instructions from WikiHow)

New Boon(e) and Icebox Project Space present Dial O for Operator, which is the byproduct of some small talk concerning the future. For one night only at the Icebox Project Space, Thursday, February 8th 6-9pm, you will have a direct line to the members of New Boone. Using a mashup of live interaction and augmented reality our operators will be waiting to hear your questions about the coming year and will send you their predictions via phone and video in the Icebox Project Space. Having problems at work? Worried about tomorrow? A creative block? Dial O for operator!

Dial O for Operator will also be the release event for recorded predictions from January’s collaborative public project, Sound Affect. After February 8th all tracks will be available online for listening.

New Boon(e) is a gallery and studio space located in Old City, Philadelphia. We are collective of emerging artists with more than a dozen members. We hope to engage the art community in Philadelphia through events such as artists exhibitions, movie nights, lectures, artist critiques and creative publications.

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20/92 Call for Entries 2018

  • DEADLINE: February 19th.

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce the 20/92 Video Festival Call for 2018.

DEADLINE: February 19th.
submit your entry here

The 20/92 Video Festival is a rare opportunity to exhibit your work in a contemporary gallery environment, at unique scale and format. The Icebox Project Space is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the city at nearly 3,500 sq.ft. and has a dedicated projection system which allows for a continuous image to be cast upon its eastern and northern walls, 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 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.

Click HERE for more information about the video system.

Works Selected for the 2018 20/92 Video Festival will be screened on the 9th and 10th of March from 12-6pm, with a reception March 8th from 6-9pm


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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>http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/david-hartt/

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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.

More info on the new InLiquid Gallery

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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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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

More Info: http://www.philaphotoarts.org/

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Calaveras & Closing the Circle

  • Indigo Arts
  • October 8, 2017 to March 3, 2018
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6 pm

Closing the Circle celebrates the range of contemporary African basketry with examples from several different African traditions: Raffia-palm baskets, Swazi baskets woven from sisal fibers, Sumburu beaded baskets, Tonga and Nambya ilala palm baskets, Zulu Imbenge baskets made from recycled telephone wire, Rwandan sisal and sweet-grass food baskets and traditional lidded Peace baskets woven of bamboo and raffia fibers.

Find more information about Indigo Arts here!

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