The main hallway at the Crane Arts building is a hallway with a lot of presence–so much so that it’s often a place where good art goes to die. Not so Jay Walker’s Istoria installation, presented by InLiquid. The stalking figures–made mostly of tape and laser-cut vinyl applied directly to the wall–can be anything from Medieval knights to Middle Eastern potentates of the desert to the Virgin Mary. Whatever reference you bring to their towering menace and decorative emanations, they are up to the challenge of holding the space and delivering an emotional frisson and visual thrill.
Walker also has some work up this month in a temporary space at 1616 Walnut Street (Wishes/Lies/Dreams, with Alison Stigora, open-ended), and at Gordon College (to Feb. 16, 2013).
Istoria is up to March 2, 2013
Wednesday- Saturday 12 – 6pm
Second Thursday Reception: February 14th 6 – 9pm
Crane Art Center, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia