News post – Plato’s Porno Cave open for biz, Bait’s Open Meeting on working artists, Nancy Agati goes to Boulder, opportunities and more!

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A teaser image from the one and only Plato's Porno Cave. Photo courtesy of Little Berlin.
A teaser image from the one and only Plato’s Porno Cave. Photo courtesy of Little Berlin.

This year’s Plato’s Porno Cave is coming up fast, with a whole new retinue of events taking place in, around and about the titular cave. Among the highlights is a small standalone interactive piece by Julius Ferraro, whose coverage of last year’s PPC we quite enjoyed. The Fairgrounds’ 4th Plato’s Porno Cave is the 3rd at Little Berlin, and the 2nd with a month of programming. There’s a partial calendar of events, and the remaining events to be determined include a series of film nights. More information is available on each Facebook event page, so check them out to see what to stick around for:

June 6 – soft reveal for First Friday inside the Annex performance space at Little Berlin.

June 13 – OPENING NIGHT!

June 18 – “Guitarcules is Coming!”, a rock opera written and performed by Gregory Labold.

June 26 – “Sonic Transmissions”, a music and art-making workshop led by Kathryn Sclavi.

June 28 – (inside the cave) “Escape Clause”, an interactive performance created by Robert Gross and Julius Ferraro.

June 28 – (outside in the Fairgrounds) “Night Kitchen”, a surreal salon of puppetry and performance hosted by Jenna Spitz.

July 4 – “IndepenDANCE: Come as your madness!”, a dance party for liberty.

July 11 – TBA soon.

July 12 – “Pale Redhead Urge Surf Services & Consultation”, a surreal performance curated by Maiza Hixson.

Yoko Yuki, Barikan, 2011, part of Lyrical Hysterical. Photo courtesy of Oof.
Yoko Yuki, Barikan, 2011, part of Lyrical Hysterical. Photo courtesy of Oof.

Oof, a new Philadelphia-based animation collective whose summer animation festival last year at Grizzly Grizzly was spectacular, just announced a free summer screening of animated shorts called Lyrical Hysterical. Taking place on Sunday, June 29 at 7:30PM at the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts, admission is free but seating is limited, and plan on bringing a lawn chair for the evening. 

via Ben Coover – We’ve covered their debut show, and we’re especially happy that Fishtown art collective and space for recent art grads Bait is getting an extra visibility boost. Ben Coover, one of their members, tells us that they’re having their 3rd Open Meeting tonight, June 10, at 6:30 PM. For those unfamiliar, Bait Open Meetings get to the heart of what it’s like being a working artist in Philadelphia, going somewhat deeper than the recent upswing of citywide projects. They’ve created a survey to help structure the discussion, as well as come up with a roster of future events/lectures/pop-up shops/online content and shows to be hosted at Bait. The previous two meetings have been very successful – for your edification, here are links to the minutes from April and May‘s Open Meetings.

Opportunities

Friends of the Rail Park are organizing “New Sight,” a juried show with Tory Savery, the new tenant on the 1st floor of 319 N. 11th Street. Juried by Zoe Strauss and Sarah McEneaney, the show dates are Sept 5- Oct 18.  The deadline is July 5. To apply, download a prospectus and follow the instructions. 

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is still accepting applications for its 2014 Residency for Regional Emerging Artists, as per its extended deadline of June 15, 2014, 11:59pm. Accepted photographers gain free access to PPAC’s digital lab during regular business hours  and staff support to assist with projects; printer and scanner hourly rental fees waived; a $1,000 credit to be applied to ink usage fees. Travel, housing, living and material costs are the responsibility of the artist. If you mean to apply, send a proposal outlining your project plans. Proposals can include the continuation or completion of work already in progress, or the creation of new work.

 

Artist News

A promo shot from Laura Frantz' new show. Photo courtesy of the artist.
A promo shot from Laura Frantz’ new show. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Laura Frantz is busy celebrating the opening of DI∇IDe,  a collaborative installation between her and Kim Hoeckele at the Pelham Arts Center. The show, which is part of their inaugural storefront project, opened on June 7 and runs through July 1.

PAFA and Mixed Greens Gallery have teamed up for On Being Solid, a group exhibition featuring the work of five recent PAFA MFA graduates. On view July 1-18 at Mixed Greens (531 West 26th Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY), the artists featured include Matthew Carrieri, Matthew Herzog, Augustus Hoffman, Alexandra Jo Sutton and Tiffany Tate.

David Kessler, one of our good friends (he was behind the Look!  It’s Libby and Roberta gallery review videos), recently directed the music video for Every Time the Sun Comes Up, a song off Sharon Van Etten’s new album. Mike Wert did the animations, Margaret Rolicki the set design, and Ioana Chiorean the costumes. A lucky choice for both director and artist.

Nancy Agati just won a Tending Space Artist Fellowship in Boulder, CO, awarded by The Hemera Foundation! The 2014 Tending Space fellowship program was open to visual and performance artists and writers, and fellows get a meditation mentor, an art mentor, funding for a residential meditation retreat, an art retreat or workshop, and a stipend for a two-week work period. Congratulations on the new digs, Nancy!

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david kessler, laura frantz, little berlin, mixed greens, nancy agati, pafa, ppac, sarah mceneaney, zoe strauss

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