STEVE BOYLE: Beyond the Game

  • Tenant Gallery
  • February 9 - April 1, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: February 9th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday-Saturday / noon-6PM

“Shooting sports is as much about capturing the action as it is about presenting the athlete. These days, I’m off the sidelines for the majority of my assignments, instead working in controlled studio environments with elite, perhaps even celebrity, athletes for editorial and commercial projects. Athlete portraiture is all about showing the athlete’s personality, their strengths and weaknesses, their motivation, their intensity, their commitment.”

Steve travels the country to create compelling imagery for advertising and editorial clients. When working with athletes he strives to capture their physicality, intensity, and inherent competitiveness. Steve attended the University of Missouri and received a degree in photojournalism. Before beginning his freelancing career, he spent a year as an assistant & lighting tech for Sports Illustrated and briefly held a desk job as a photo editor at a fitness magazine.

More of Steve Boyle’s work here!

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Justine Kelley: Worm Moon

  • Second State Press
  • March 1- March 31
  • Opening Reception: March 9th, 6-9 PM, on view through March 31st.

Second State Press is pleased to present the prints of Justine Kelley. She screen prints whimsical and complex worlds by using colorful hand-drawn layers. Nature, animals, and women are often the subject of her prints and zines.

In Kelley’s words:
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the SapMoon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

Justine is a printmaker/designer/illustrator living in Philadelphia.

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  • Spillway (100B)
  • March 3rd - April 8th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: March 9th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Mixtape is the debut exhibition of the freshly formed Spillway collective, showcasing the diverse practices of our founding members: 

George Barreca, Mark Basco, Jenny Clay, Megan Coonelly, Rebecca Daniels, Justine Ditto, Sean Hildreth, Shannon Moriarty, Krista Profitt, Allison Sims, Megan Webb 

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall
Image:  Krista Profitt –  Makeup on point, chewing on a hambone  2015, oil on canvas

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  • Fjord Gallery
  • March 3rd through March 24th
  • Opening Friday March 3rd, 7-9pm

From one moment to the next,from one place to another, from state to state,thought to thought, meaning to meaning. Whether conscious or unconscious, physical or psychological, passages constellate the human experience in situations of territorial, psychological, ceremonial, bodily, and social transitions.

But can these liminal states be isolated, described, analyzed, and stably defined? Are we to understand passages as personal or communal phenomena? Or could we conceive of a passage as the vehicle to mediate between binaries, a channel through which the individual and universal elements of a culture can overlap, collide, and modify one
another? This show understands the notion of passage as a productive oscillation between the subjective and the
objective,the magical and the scientific,the individual and the collective.

Please join the Incubation Series VII, March 3-24, 2017. In this edition,the collaborative effort of Art History and Fine Arts graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania features the works of Laura Carlson, Yaochi Jin, Jeremy Jirsa, and Jiwon Woo.

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Retablos from Ayacucho & Shipibo/Conibo Textiles from the Amazon Basin

  • Indigo Arts
  • March 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017
  • Opening reception: Second Thursday, March 9, 6 to 9pm.

  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 6pm.

Andes/Amazon: Two Worlds in Peruvian Folk Art looks at two distinct contemporary folk arts in two regions of Peru: the portable retablo shrines, originally from highland Ayacucho and the patterned textiles and ceramics of the Shipibo/Conibo peoples of the Amazon basin. Both are arts in transition. From deep traditional roots they are adapting to new materials and influences and being both enriched and impoverished in the process.

The traditional Peruvian retablo is a portable shrine or nicho that holds figures sculpted of pasta (a mixture of plaster and potato) or maguey cactus wood. The making of retablos is a folk art whose roots go back to the sixteenth century in the Andes (and even to the Greeks and Romans before that). While the art’s origins are religious, the contemporary Peruvian retablos exhibited at Indigo Arts range from the sacred to the profane. Claudio Jimenez Quispé is the acknowledged master of the Peruvian retablo. He and his family are heirs to a multi-generation artistic tradition in the highland region of Ayacucho. Most of the family moved to Lima during the brutal civil war of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, which pitted a violent revolutionary group, the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) against equally ruthless government forces. The peasants caught in the middle suffered the deaths or disappearances of some 70,000 people in this period. The effect on the retablo art form was profound. New narratives of social strife and civil war entered the artists’ repertoire. Many contemporary retablos reflect an exposure to the urban world of Lima and beyond, not to mention a response to a world-wide market for folk art. Some of the recent work shows strong influences of Mexican folk art, including scenes of death and the underworld that celebrate the Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) holidays.

The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous people (currently numbering only about 20,000) who live along the Ucayali river in the Amazon basin east of the Andes. Though an increasing portion of the Shipibo population have been urbanized in settlements such as Pucallpa, their traditions remain strong, as expressed in their shamanistic religion and in their visionary arts – notably in the patterns that the Shipibo women paint on their pottery, clothing, textiles and their bodies. The ethnologist Angelika Gebhart-Sayer terms their art “visual music”.

The Shipibo are known for labyrinthine geometric designs that reflect their culture and their cosmology. The main elements of the designs are the square, the rhombus, the octagon and the cross, which “represents the southern Cross constellation which dominates the night sky and divides the cosmos into four quadrants…”* Other symbols featured in the designs are the Cosmic Serpent, the Anaconda and various plant forms, notably the caapi vine used in the preparation of the sacramental drug Ayahuasca. There is an intriguing tie between the visual and aural in Shipibo art: “ the Shipibo can listen to a song or chant by looking at the designs, and inversely paint a pattern by listening to a song…”*

The designs are traditionally drawn with natural huito berry pigments on hand-woven cotton fabrics that are worn as wrap-around skirts. The fabric is either natural or dyed with a red-brown dye made from mahogany bark. Today most of the fabric is machine-woven, purchased from traders, and increasingly the hand-drawn designs are supplemented with patterns embroidered with bright-colored commercial yarns. The results can be stunning. The truly psychedelic color combinations are consistent with ayahuasca visions. More often than not the designs are asymmetrical within a border or frame – like a landscape viewed through an airplane window: “Although in our cultural paradigm we perceive that the geometric patterns are bound within the border of the textile or ceramic vessel, to the Shipibo the patterns extend far beyond these borders and permeate the entire world.”* (*Howard G. Charing)

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Nakatani Gong Orchestra


Tuesday, April 4th 8:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Fire Museum Presents:
Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Tatsuya Nakatani (solo)

N.G.O. – Nakatani Gong Orchestra:

A contemporary live art sound project, N.G.O. has toured all over North and Central America. This is an ongoing, growing community engagement project and the only bowed-Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are simply magic to anyone, engaging and inspiring the spirits of both the player and all who attend.

For each performance in a given city, gong players are selected by a local curator. Most are new to N.G.O. Nakatani gives a specialized training workshop to selected players in preparation for the performance. Players will also experience Nakatani’s own unique point of view regarding Gong techniques, and will experience undiscovered dimensions while immersed in the vibrations and sounds during a training workshop. Nakatani is the composer and conductor for the performance.

Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project to on the road in April 2011. He had performed 87 concerts with N.G.O. all over the USA and Mexico by December 2015. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, and The Issue Project Room in New York City.

Many listeners have said “I have never experienced anything like this before!”, along with describing a feeling of cleansing a sort of purification after the event. Today, sound based therapy practices use singing bowls and gongs, which result in similar euphonious waves and energies. The primary purpose of N.G.O. is not for spiritual ceremonial purposes or “gong bathing”, but the fact is that with over 14 various gong sizes, ranging in diameters from 10 to 50 inches, one can’t avoid some of these amazing secondary results.

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Taji Ra’oof Nahl

Open Studio: March 20th -29th

Reception: Thursday March 23rd 7-9 pm
Performance: Saturday March 25th 1pm – 5pm


“AMPLIFIED REPERTOIRE – BATON”, an open studio exhibition.

In a conversation with George Lewis, Ben Patterson states: ” Sound is a by-product of activity.”

Taji Ra’oof Nahl will investigate the unique acoustic dynamic of Icebox Project Space with field recording via analog & digital methods of capturing the vast sonic frequencies thru installation construction, film & video projection, human exchange, and a marathon of  “Art Happenings” to be conducted during his open studio stay.

Collaborations by way of Taji’s third Iteration of – Renaissance Report Live /with host Noah Smalls. Taji invites artists of various disciplines to contribute to his practice using the formats of Johnny Carson Show /Dave Chappell Show.
With Guest including Sherman Fleming, Theodore Harris, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Marc Zajack, Raphael Xavier, Shawn Theodore, Ivanco Talevski, Charles Lloyd, Kimberly Camp, Moshie Black, Ernel Martinez, George Lewis & others.

Futhermore, Taji will cultivate his “Defenders of the Republic” rubrics with new video works & Live “Original Soundtrack Scoring Sessions”. Subjects & muses to include Charles Blockson, Ben Patterson, and Lawrence D Butch Morris.

Taji Ra’oof Nahl is a Philadelphia based, interdisciplinary artist whose vocabulary delves into social commentary via historical & futurist aesthetic. Installation, video, performance art, sculpture, painting, are utilities that embodies poetic & abstract narrative for his oeuvre.

His work has been in exhibitions at, The Italian Palace – Tangier Morocco, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Kelly Writers House at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College of Chicago. African American Art Museum Philadelphia

Solo exhibitions include Pageant Soloveev Gallery Philadelphia, Indigo Bleu Design & Cultural Center, and the Little Berlin Annex Space. Group showing at West Chester University, Goggleworks Reading Pa., Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia Pa., National Archive, Philadelphia. Pa., University of Pennsylvania, James Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia City Hall, and others.
Taji also spearheads 2Spiral Art Collective, collaborating with artists of vast disciplines to develop art that explores the transformative elements of compassion, freedom, justice and productive activism.






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  • PPAC
  • March 9 — May 20, 2017
  • Opening Reception & Artists Talk: March 9, 2017 / 6-8pm
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm

Interference presents the work of Andre Bradley and Paul Anthony Smith, two artists who deal with relationships between personal experience and the social forces that shape our perceptions of self, others, and the world around us. Using distinct but related artistic means, Bradley and Smith explore experiences of selfhood and community as inseparable from the stereotypes and violence that pervade representation of black people.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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above image: Paul Anthony Smith

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InLiquid presents Jessica Doyle

  • Crane Hall
  • February 6 – March 31
  • 2nd Thursday Receptions: February 9 6-9pm; March 9, 6-9pm (see RSVP below)
  • Wednesday-Saturday 12-6PM

We Fearless Ones / Paintings by Jessica Doyle

Jessica Doyle’s work centers on the human––engaging philosophy and spirit. Her current body of work draws from and integrates the writings of Nietzsche, in particular, The Gay Science, an influential work addressing the creation of self—what he calls “becoming what one is.” Her scholarly interests include Jung, collective consciousness, virtuality, self, identity, and Other as self.

Doyle earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from University of Pennsylvania, and she received her PhD in Art Theory, Philosophy, and Aesthetics with Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She teaches graduate courses in Aesthetics and Philosophy with Tiffin University. Her works in drawing, painting, video, and installation have been shown nationally and internationally.


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