Thank you to all that participated in The 4th Annual 20/92 Video Festival!
The 20/92 Video Festival booklet is now available to view online.
To download a copy of the PDF file, please follow the link below:
Thank you to all that participated in The 4th Annual 20/92 Video Festival!
The 20/92 Video Festival booklet is now available to view online.
To download a copy of the PDF file, please follow the link below:
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.
To find out more about Justine Kelley’s work please visit justinekelley.com/.
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.
More info: https://www.fjordspace.com/
FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of SLAP-STICK, a solo exhibition of sculptures, drawings and
performance by New York-based artist and long time Philadelphia Professor Matt Freedman, on view at 1400 N.
American Street, STE 105 from January 12 – February 25 2017. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in
Philadelphia and first with FJORD Gallery.
SLAP-STICK will feature a living inventory of the artist’s recent sculptural and drawing works. The playfully
grotesque and humorously morose stack up against one another in a precarious storeroom, inviting viewers to
inspect and connect works in unusual ways. The exhibition’s layout follows the model of Freedman’s
performative storytelling to create a kind of improvisational academy, reconfiguring elements of the past into
something completely new. In the artist’s words, “Somewhere in the mix we hope to get to something as close as
possible to a moment of truth and to a point of living contact between maker and beholder.”
Over the last decade Freedman has made a variety of works investigating the power of myth and memory in both
the personal and cultural spheres. Drawing on fables as varied as Wile E. Coyote’s unending quest for Road
Runner, the conflation of the Women’s US Open Tennis Final in 2012 with the Tennis Court Oath of 1789 and the
subsequent French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, Freedman weaves together experience and fiction in a museum
that is also an active test site.
Matt Freedman grew up in Chicago, IL and received his B.A. from Harvard and M.A./M.F.A from the University of
Iowa. He has worked as a cartoonist and long time educator at the University of Pennsylvania, mentoring
generations of artists in Philadelphia. He currently works out of his studio in Queens and has held solo exhibitions
at venues including Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), vertexList (Brooklyn), Studio 10 Gallery (Brooklyn), Valentine
Gallery (Queens), Flipside (Brooklyn), FiveMyles (Brooklyn), and SculptureCenter (New York). Freedman has
performed at PS1 MoMA (New York), the Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen (New York).
More info: http://www.fjordspace.com/
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
” 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.
We are pleased to present the Prints + Process of Mollie Goldstrom. She will exhibit recent etchings, along with drawings, research, and other critical components to her process. The image here shows preliminary stages of a speculative narrative of time travel and seaweed, human endeavor and folly in drawing and print, enriched by visits to the Rare Book Room of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and late night readings of Lucy Kavaler’s ‘The Wonders of Algae’ (1961).
In Goldstroms words:
The sun was hot. Neddy Merrill sat by the green water, one hand in it, one around a glass of gin.
John Cheever, “The Swimmer”
Summer bathers float, immersed in undulating, green mats of Enteromorpha prolifera.
Lucy Kavaler sits at her desk, contemplating how to capture, in prose, an organism that ranges from the unicellular to the complex multicellular: Multiplying in toxic blooms in the hypoxic ocean, is it a harbinger of end times? Fuel, food, fertilizer, will our hopes and dreams proliferate on beds of agar?
A lone figure emerges from the waves, trailing tendrils of Ascophyllum nodosum across sun-warmed granite, and with the tangled strands, spells the word A-L-G-A-E
More info: http://secondstatepress.org/exhibitions/
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/
The Tenant Gallery presents its inaugural exhibition, Caroline Gore: Drawings.
About the work being exhibited, Caroline says, “In 2009, I visited the Cy Twombly Gallery located on the grounds of the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Encountering the breadth, scale and intensity of this work in person profoundly impacted me, and I left with a desire to work larger and quicker – counter to my work as a jeweler. I have since expanded my studio practice to include a continuous pursuit of drawing by using a torch or branding tool directly on paper eliminating any additive medium. The resulting works possess a tautness between imagined constructions and emotive suggestion.”
The results of Caroline Gore’s studio practice vary in media, scale and implementation – ranging from small-scale wearable pieces to large sculptural installations and drawings. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston and numerous private collections. Gore is currently Associate Professor of Jewelry, in the Craft & Material Studies Program at The University of the Arts.
Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery welcome you to ‘The Block,’ the visual culmination of the year-long Philly Block Project. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and collaborating artists Lisa Fairstein, Hiroyuki Ito and Will Steacy, the exhibit highlights present-day South Kensington, celebrates its inspiring residents, and showcases the Project’s work in building community ties through the arts.
As the Philly Block Project has figuratively broken down walls in South Kensington, the exhibit will visually transform PPAC’s Gallery into a reflection of these diverse streets. With floor-to-ceiling photographs stitched together like a block of row homes, and smaller portraits taking viewers inside, the 500 images celebrate—as Block Captain Carmen Fernandez would say—‘the life that is beating here.’
Head to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (1400 N. American Street) through November 30, and discover the inspiring stories from ‘The Block.’
Major support for Philly Block Project has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with additional support from:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Penn Treaty Special Services District
The National Endowment for the Arts
Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan Lynne and Harold Honickman Margaret Harris and Phil Straus Jane and Leonard Korman Christine Lussier and Robert Hamill
Image: Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
InLiquid presents Local Color: Cut Paper Collages, which is a solo exhibition in The Hall of the Crane Arts building by InLiquid artist member Joseph Opshinsky. Finding its roots in the natural world of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Opshinsky’s work often grows out of nature’s reclaiming localized scenery or the contemplation of time’s natural wear on man’s additions to the landscape. His images reveal and provide careful consideration of moments, spaces, and landscapes which often get ignored. Opshinsky’s use of bold color, the meticulous process of hand cutting and layering paper, and specific imagery evokes a sense of wonder while offering visions of beauty in places people don’t always seek it.
Opshinsky creates murals, paintings, drawings, and, more recently, paper collages inspired by localized scenery and the often overlooked landscape. He studied painting and drawing at University of the Arts, where he earned his BFA after completing an AFA in Fine Arts at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pennsylvania. Opshinsky has had several solo exhibitions recently, participated in many juried shows – especially in the last three years, and has received various awards and honors, including the Alumni Studio Spotlight through University of the Arts. Due to the localized nature of his work, Opshinsky has seen much success in exhibiting his artwork throughout the MidAtlantic region, especially – of course – in Pennsylvania. He currently lives and works in Scranton, PA.
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.
More info: http://indigoarts.com/
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
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.
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.
The Shortest Distance Between 2 Points, which is solo exhibition by InLiquid artist member Laura Krasnow. Her work blends art, science and technology to depict themes surrounding the intersection of time and place. Krasnow uses photography, and the embedded marks and symbols, to reconstruct recollections of time and place, specifically “the instant when time and place seem to merge to catch a moment.” Her images aim to force the viewer to look beyond the obvious and to reveal the essence beyond the normal visual spectrum. It is the “imperceptible connections” she seeks to define.
Krasnow, born in New York City, has lived and traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. In addition to being a freelance photographer, she has worked as an assistant editor in feature films, and been trained in film preservation and restoration. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum. With a passion for art, science and technology, after obtaining an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she returned to school to study math, physics and computer science. Krasnow has attended seminars at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Centre for Brain and Mind in Canada.
Artist Website: http://laurakrasnow.com/
We are pleased to present the Prints + Process of Alexis Nutini. Join us for the opening reception and view Nutini’s recent reductive relief prints along with his process.
More Info: http://secondstatepress.org/alexis-nutini-still-a-lot-left/
Artist Website: http://alexisnutini.com/
An exhibition curated by Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers
Featuring works by Gideon Barnett, Michael Ciervo, Micah Danges, Will Haughery, James Johnson, Sharon Koehlblinger, Paul Koneazny, Lauren Pakradooni, Paul Salveson, and Jon Weary, Chewing the Scenery is an exhibition of curatorial interventions by Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers.
(With quavering voice)
(In a lower tone)
(In an even lower tone)
(Leaving her abruptly)
(As before standing opposite him)
(In an exalted high-pitched voice)
(In the same high-pitched voice)
(Silence. There is a noise as if an immense wheel were turning and moving the air. A hurricane separates them. At the same time, two Stars are seen colliding and from them fall a series of legs of living flesh with feet, hands, scalps, masks, colonnades, porticos, temples, alembics, falling more and more slowly, as if
falling in a vacuum: then three scorpions one after another and finally a frog and a beetle which come to rest with desperate slowness, nauseating slowness)
(Crying with all his strength)
(He looks at the sky)
(He pushes the Young Girl before him)
(Screaming in high-pitch)
(Plunging her hands deep into her pockets which are as big as her breasts)
(She throws his papers at him)
(He gets up and from each paper he takes a huge hunk of Swiss cheese.
Suddenly he coughs and chokes)
(With full mouth)
(He runs out)
(Like shadows, a Priest, a Cobbler, a Beadle, a Bawd, a Judge, a Peddler, arrive on stage)
(In different tones)
(Tapping his forehead)
(He runs out)
(As if confessing someone)
(At this moment night suddenly falls on stage)
(With the sigh of one having an orgasm)
(In a terrible voice)
(Boldly and gaily)
(She lifts up her dress. The Young Man wants to run away but he is frozen like a petrified puppet)
(As if suspended in the air and with the voice of a ventriloquist.)
The Icebox Project Space is excited to kick off the New Year with a free publication and a pool party!
Can you thing of anything you’d rather do in the middle of February then cooling off and chilling out in a pool? We can’t either. That’s why this February’s Second Thursday, the Icebox Project Space will be transformed into a heated tropical oasis, complete with a DJ, coat check, towel check, flamingoes, and an above-ground pool. Put on those trunks, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the sounds of POISON!!!
PLUS enter to win a private pool party on either Saturday February 13th or Valentine’s day February 14th! Tickets will be sold at the event.
From 6 to 8 pm is a multimedia collaboration by Billy Green, Phil Conine, and Matt Noll.
From 8 pm on is a performance by Poison.
Poison is an experimental rock band comprised of artists Joanna Belletiere, Teresa Cervantes, Filipe de Sousa, Jorge Galvan, Lisi Raskin and Kelsey Skaroff. The group formed after the spring semester of an Advanced Painting course taught by Raskin at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Together they create improvised and composed songs using a variety of instruments like the keytar, stand-up bass, pizza, smartphones, and whatever else they can find at the second hand store in the children’s section. Recent performances include Infinite Rehearsal, at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville.
Feel the flavor………..taste it but don’t eat it. Poison.*
Hank Willis Thomas
More Info: http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/preface/
* 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.
Hearts on Fire! A Valentine’s month selection of the iconography of the heart, from Haiti, Mexico and Peru. In Haiti the heart is the symbol or vévé of theloas (spirits) Erzulie Freda and Erzulie Dantor and the various other manifestations of the Virgin Mary. Hearts on Fire features beaded and sequinned drapo Vodou from Haitian Vodou flag artists, including Roudy Azor, Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph, the late Sylva Joseph, Yves Telemak and Georges Valris, as well as Haitian sculpture from recycled oil-drums, papier maché and stone.
Mexican artists such as Oaxaca’s Fernando Olivera employ the image of the Corazon Sagrada Sacred Heart to make a political statement, commemorating the sorrow of those left behind by Latin America’s fallen, imprisoned and desaparecidos, the disapeared.
Peru’s premier retablista Claudio Jimenez Quispé and his brother Mabilon use the sacred heart imagery to make a lighter point. His Casa de Corazones heart workshop retablos show Peruvian artisans not only fashioning new hearts, with romantic slogans such as “Amor eterno” and “Te amo como a nadie en el mundo”, but carefully sewing together broken hearts as well.
More info: http://indigoarts.com/
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.
More info: http://truttartist.com/
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
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.
Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for….The You Can Curate! entries have been collected, and our juror, Sean Robert Fitzgerald, has selected the winner of this year’s competition. Local artist Matt Giel’s entry has been chosen to be exhibited at full scale in the Icebox Project Space. Come join us on December’s Second Thursday, the 10th, from 6 pm to 9 pm to check it out.
Philadelphia, PA – THE HALIDE PROJECT is pleased to announce MAKING CONTACT, an exhibition featuring the work of five artists practicing different traditional photographic techniques.
Ranging from salt prints to chromogenic prints, these images exemplify the creative breadth that is possible within the umbrella of traditional photography. In bringing this work to Philadelphia, THE HALIDE PROJECT hopes to inspire people to explore photographic processes that were developed prior to the digital era. Information on the artists and image samples can be found on the following pages.
To kick off the exhibition, there will be a champagne preview prior to the public opening, with hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Russet restaurant. Tickets will cost $25, and reservations can be made through THE HALIDE PROJECT web- site.
Throughout the month of December, there will be educational programming held in conjunction with the exhibition. Events include: A gallery talk and book signing with Vincent Feldman, where he will discuss his project City Abandoned and the public policies that have contributed to the changing face of Philadelphia neighborhoods and architecture; a large format camera workshop led by Rick Wright, where people interested in taking their photography to the next level can learn about shooting large format; and a pinhole camera-building workshop led by Stephanie Slate, where participants will create cameras out of every day objects and use them to shoot paper negatives.
Space for the workshops is limited; registration is required and can be made through THE HALIDE PROJECT website.
THE HALIDE PROJECT invites educators to arrange tours of the exhibition by contacting:
Dale Rio / email@example.com / 323.481.8623
MAKING CONTACT has been generously supported by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
￼Champagne preview: December 4th, 5 – 7 PM ($25, reservations required)
Opening reception: December 4th, 7 – 9 PM
Crane Building open studios: December 10th, 6 – 9 PM
Gallery talk and book signing with Vincent Feldman:
December 11th, 6 – 8 PM (free to the public) Large format camera workshop with Rick Wright:
December 12th, 12 – 4 PM ($10 materials fee, registration required) Pinhole camera workshop with Stephanie Slate:
December 13th, 12- 4 PM ($10 materials fee, registration required)
Shot with an iPhone camera, GRAPHIC considers the boundaries between safe and unsafe, selfie and self-portrait, exhibitionist and artist. It is a dissection of the self as an assemblage of flesh, expressed in equal parts and pixels. Decontextualized, it is a shared fantasy. In reality, this is my body.
Come curate with the Icebox Project Space!
From September 10th through October 3rd of 2015, the directors of the Icebox Project Space invited the public to be the curator of the Icebox Project Space. Using provided painted wooden sticks, participants “curated” a show within a scaled model of the Icebox.
Entries are to be reviewed by our juror, Sean Robert FitzGerald, a Philadelphia-based painter and one of the founders of Fjord Gallery. The chosen entry will be executed in the real Icebox for one week during December of 2015. The actual size of the Icebox is 47′ x 97′, with a 20′ ceiling. Each piece represented in the model will be a 16 foot 2″x6″ in the corresponding color.
This is the season of transition and transformation. In the spirit of Halloween and Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, Indigo Arts presents a collection of masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. They are masks that conceal, but may also reveal the wearer behind them. Masks are agents of celebration and transcendence, of commemoration and transformation.
The exhibit includes dance, festival and ritual masks, of wood, metal and papier maché from many countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, New Guinea, Nigeria, Peru and Sierra Leone.
“The Mexican, whether young or old, criollo or mestizo, general or laborer or lawyer, seems to me to be a person who shuts himself away to protect himself: his face is a mask and so is his smile. In his harsh solitude, which is both barbed and courteous, everything serves him as a defense: silence and words, politeness and disdain, irony and resignation…. He builds a wall of indifference and remoteness between reality and himself, a wall that is no less impenetrable for being invisible. The Mexican is always remote, from the world and from other people. And also from himself.”
– Octavio Paz in The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1961
more info: http://indigoarts.com/news_masks2015.html
On Thursday, October 8th of 2015, the Icebox Project Space hosted Ann-Marie LeQuesne, a London-based artist who works with the public to stage collaborative performances, for a screening of her works performed this summer in Philadelphia. These films included performances of Crescendo, which she most recently executed at the Icebox Project Space in August, and Fanfare for Crossing the Road, which was recently performed on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, as well as other works.
Crescendo responds to the acoustic and the physical space of Icebox. Participants were asked to make “structured noise” by constantly repeat initials (their own or anything they wanted to chant) as they entered the space. The sharp staccato sounds became tones that extended and mingled in the long echo of the space. Crescendo was previously performed in Sweden.
Fanfare for Crossing the Road began in London and has since been performed in Helsinki, Lisbon, Cardiff, New York, and now, Philadelphia. In each country Ann-Marie ask musicians, dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights, to add ceremony to an everyday event: to mimic as closely as possible the digital acoustic crossing sounds (different in every country) that signal the time to cross for the blind. For the Philadelphia sound – a bird chirp – Ann-Marie used piccolos for the first time, with speakers to count down the lights.
The Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, is pleased to present Old Enough to Know Better, a group exhibition of work by women artists over the age of 35 at the Crane Arts Galleryl 05, November 4 to November 28, 2015 with an opening reception Thursday, November 12th from 6 9PM.
Juried by prominent Philadelphia based artists Eileen Neff and Diane Burko, 67 pieces were selected from over 2,000 works entered. This group of work reflects the need and desire of women to make art despite lack of feedback or support and the ongoing under-representation of women’s work in galleries and museums. The ensuing resiliency, born of stubbornness and persistence in pursuing an artistic vocation, is evident in the diverse works on view, which include paintings, sculpture, photography and video.
About the Women’s Caucus for Art: Founded in 1972 the WCA mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. A founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.
For more information, please contact:
The Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Osgood Lamelas, 856-371-9133 or Jude Lang, 484 557 9492
Visit http://phila-wca.blogspot.com for more info
On October 9, we asked you to help us capture 24 hours in the region on Greater Philly Photo Day. Well, you didn’t disappoint us! Transcending the boundaries of age, background, or skill level, photographers from all eleven counties shared their perspective in this day-long celebration of our collective creativity. Now, with 1,412 stunning photographs in hand, we’ve compiled each and every shot in a public exhibition running November 12, 2015 through January 2, 2016.
Can’t wait? Visit the PPAC website now to preview the online gallery, order prints, and even view a geotagged map of where photographs were shot.
“What is freedom to you? How do you define someone who is unfree? Can a person, physically liberated, be more restricted than someone who is serving a jail sentence? Can an imprisoned person be more unconfined than someone walking around like you and me? Are we in control of our own mental space? Is it possible for us to break down years of conditioning and unlearn what we’ve picked up to create better conditions? With this collection we’re exploring those questions. A lot of the process for this series was creating pieces using masking tape that were then broken down and used to create better pieces. With this show we’ve documented a small section of our own search for the meaning and ultimately the realization of true freedom. As always, we hope you enjoy the show.”
Smashed Label is a duo consisting of brothers Crae and Corei Washington. They were raised in Bear, DE with pretty typical childhoods. They drew and painted as kids and continued to do so as they matured. They promote the message of being yourself in the midst of any and all scrutiny, ridicule and/or judgment. They speak for the people that don’t “fit in” to any particular group or category.
Their art explores the dualities in people and ideas. They experiment with perception and popular opinion, and shine a light on the positive aspects of widely perceived negative concepts and vice versa. Smashed Label has a colorful, illustrative style that often clashes with the subject matter they choose, which further demonstrates that everything has both a good and bad side that can be spun either way depending on what angle you’re viewing it from. They source inspiration from music, film, friends, family, strangers and pretty much everything. They also create in a number of mediums from graphic design, to acrylic paintings on canvas, wall murals and screen print tee shirt designs. The duo’s goal is to simply spread their art, and will continue to participate in events and functions that bring an awareness and understanding that art has the power to save lives.