InLiquid Presents: Ladies Night

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  • January 14th - Mar 4th, 2016
  • Opening Reception: Jan 14th, 6 -9 pm / Panel Discussion: Thursday, Jan 28th, 6-8 pm
  • The Hall
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

InLiquid presents Ladies Night: Connecting Women Through Art and Dialogue, which is a special collaborative exhibition between InLiquid artist member Cathleen Cohen, the People’s Paper Co-op (led by Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles), and community women from North Philadelphia. As a part of our Art For Action series, which utilizes the arts as a means of education and social reform through exhibitions and public programming, InLiquid sought to create a special exhibition for our Crane Arts gallery space, The Hall. The vision was for an InLiquid artist member to create a series of work inspired from their interaction and collaboration with a local community organization. Painter and poet Cathleen Cohen quickly dove into this project working with our partners at the People’s Paper Co-op. Collaborating with the co-op’s Ladies Night participants at the Village of Arts and Humanities, Cohen has been working with women from the North Philadelphia community that meet regularly to support one another through their experiences with re-entry and more. Every month, community activist and People’s Paper Co-op Fellow Faith Bartley invites all the women from the local community to gather for conversation, art, healing, and nonjudgmental support. Cohen has documented her experiences at Ladies Night through watercolor portraits of the participating women. Cohen shares, “It is a challenge to paint someone’s portrait, to depict the play of the emotions across a face or the gestures of a body. But it is a privilege to sit quietly with someone for a long time and attempt to capture their likeness.”

Come by on Thursday, January 28th, for a panel discussion from 6 – 8 pm, with moderator William Cromar, Cathleen Cohen, Joe Brenman, Amie Potsic, and Judy Gelles.

More info: http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/crane-hall/ladies-night-connecting-women-through-art-and-dialogue-crane-hall/

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Mary Mihelic: 53 Running Girls

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  • January 14th - March 10th, 2016
  • Reception: 2nd Thursday, February 11th, 6 - 9 pm
  • Gallery 105
  • By Appointment Only (please email trutt@truttartist.com)
  • Free & Open To The Public

Mary Mihelic’s Running Girls is inspired by the courage of the schoolgirls who ran for their lives and escaped from the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria when they attacked their school and kidnapped their classmates. On April 14, 2014, over fifty schoolgirls made that split-second decision to run for it. So the artist is creating over fifty artworks of girls running. Thirty-six are completed to date.

The term Boko Haram translated means western education is a sin and the group believes that women should not be educated; instead women should be used as cooks or sex slaves. The art reflects on war under the guise of religion, religious freedom, education for women, and global feminism.

When the series began almost two years ago, James Foley hadn’t been beheaded, the Boko Haram wasn’t allied with ISIL, Charlie Hebdo was still alive – and hundreds of thousands of people weren’t running from war and migrating to Europe. NPR recently reported (November 18, 2015) that in the last year the Boko Haram killed more people than ISIL (6,644) making it the deadliest terrorist organization in the world. The kidnapped schoolgirls still have not been found.

More info: http://www.marymihelicartist.com/Mihelic_Running_Girls_Artist_Statement.html

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T.RUMP – America on the Rag

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  • January 14th - March 10th, 2016
  • Reception: 2nd Thursday, February 11th, 6 - 9 pm
  • Gallery 106
  • By Appointment Only (please email trutt@truttartist.com)
  • Free & Open To The Public

T.RUMP – America on the Rag explores the political divisions that face and frustrate the American people as they prepare to endure another presidential election cycle. The artwork uses the bizarre realities of Donald Trump’s bullying and sexist presidential campaign to question what is really at play in the relationships between men and women in America. It also explores the bullying aspects of male-to-male culture and Trump’s xenophobic vision for America’s future.

As part of T.RUMP – America on the Rag, the anonymous artist t.Rutt bought a bus used by the Trump campaign in Iowa. This Trump bus attained notoriety when it was reported about by USA Today and The Rachel Maddow Show. t.Rutt hopes the bus and other artwork will help the American electorate to channel its frustrations with the Republican Primary in a more constructive direction.

The T.RUMP bus will be featured at Crane Arts each 2nd Thursday in February and March, also by appointment only. Please contact trutt@truttartist.com for scheduling.

More info: http://truttartist.com/

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FATE SHIFTS SHAPES

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  • January 14, 2016- February 27, 2016
  • Opening Reception: January 14, 2016 from 6-8pm (Poetry Reading by Anzhelina Polonskaya at 5:30pm)
  • PPAC
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

In ‘Fate Shifts Shapes,’ four artists dramatize the Russian compulsion to shape psychic and physical identities around inexorable social forces. As the idea excludes rationalism in favor of destiny, poet Anzhelina Polonskaya, artists Sasha Rudensky and Clemens Von Wedemeyer, and artist-curator Nicholas Muellner reject documentary realism to present theatrical depictions of individuals’ responses to the lives laid out for them.

Tracing lines of fate across contemporary Russia, Ukraine and occupied Crimea, these works articulate how vulnerable individuals like women, gay men, and economic migrants are particularly pressured to mold their identities to fit conservative cultural norms. Confronted by provocative images ranging from erotic dancers and cornered military cadets to faceless figures disappearing into landscapes, viewers will question their ideas about identity, choice, and the degree of control we really have over our lives.

Kicking off with a poetry reading by Anzhelina Polonskaya and opening reception on January 14, 2016 at PPAC, PPAC will also produce a limited edition publication of poetry and images by the artists.

Photo by Sasha Rudensky

More info: http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/fate-shifts-shapes-poetry-reading-and-opening-reception/

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InLiquid Presents RedAct

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  • January 14 – 29, 2016
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 6 – 9 pm (with Live Performance by TangenT)
  • The Icebox Project Space and Grey Area
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

Panel Discussion: Thursday, January 28, 6 – 8 pm
with moderator William Cromar, Cathleen Cohen, Joe Brenman, Amie Potsic, Judy Gelles

InLiquid presents the final installment of TangenT’s RedAct series. RedAct is a series of artworks that explores visual renderings of facts detailed in redacted public documents. Drawing from state and federal reporting on children and institutions that govern child welfare, along with redaction in its many forms, the redact series is as much a meditation on information control, privacy, truth, and the increasing vagaries of childhood in America, as much as it is about what is left behind, what we can record, see and know.

Fly Spec No. 1, the inaugural artwork in the series, designed for the Dumbo Arts Festival 2014, uses the patterns of redacted text coupled with an original soundtrack as a metaphor for disconnection of experience, falsehood and a suspension of truth. In Fly Spec No. 2 from the series RedAct, 2014, it is both an artifact of an earlier performance and mediation on recording a memory of an event. The artworks rely on intentional use of imagery and material as metaphor. The third iteration, in collaboration with InLiquid for Philly Tech Week 2015, occurred on April 23rd at the Kimmel Center. TangenT used three areas—the Cube, a screen inside the Kimmel, and a stage—where they held a second performance in their Tyvec suits – with projections of hands redacting information on their bodies, with live music and sound from Mike Brenner and percussionist Hoagey Wing. The fourth and final installment at Crane Arts will pull together these previous elements, including sound, projection, performance, artifacts from previous performances, and newly created objects, to create a completely immersed environment based on the theme of redaction. As a part of InLiquid’s Art for Action series, there will be additional public programming, including a live performance by TangenT at the opening reception and a panel discussion on art and social practice (details TBA).

Founded in 2007 by InLiquid artist members Yvonne Love, Gabrielle Russomagno, William Cromar, and Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, TangenT (collaborative) is dedicated to mixed-media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. Originally designed as a side project meant to explore the intersection of traditional fine art media with new media forms, their collaborative efforts over the past seven years have become an essential part of their creative lives shaping and informing their artistic endeavors.

More info: http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/crane-hall/redact-crane-hall/

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