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"Primordial Sun," John Baccile
Photograph, photo courtesy of The Plastic Club

101st Member’s Medal Show at the Plastic Club – A little nostalgia and a brush with the technological present

—Ali finds that the big group show at the Plastic Club has some gems and the building sparks some memories.–the artblog editors—————>Despite its name, The Plastic Club is not a clubhouse made out of plastic, nor is it an organization devoted entirely to the shiny polymer  stuff. Founded in 1897, The Plastic Club began as an art association for female artists but has since opened its doors to members of all genders, shapes, sizes, hair colors and affiliations. The “plastic” in The Plastic Club actually refers to any type of art that is unfinished and largely symbolizes the club’s mission: ... More » »

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From the vault – November, 2003 – Our art in the middle of the street

Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In November, 2003, we were peering our peepers towards the pavement. Viewed from above or below, we relished street art’s accessibility as something we can view while waiting for the bus or walking to work. We kept an eye out for painted street signs, symbolic graffiti tags and those colorful mural-covered honor boxes sponsored by Mattathias Schwartz and the Philadelphia Independent. The art was intriguing in all of its casual and anonymous forms and the successes of our search had us dancing ... More » »

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From the vault – October, 2003 – Don’t Phorget About Philly!

Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In October, 2003, Philly was shaking off its “kid brother” reputation to remind the world that there is more to the East Coast art world than NYC. Philadelphia and artblog have since shoved our way out of the Big Apple’s shadow- bye bye “inpheriority” complex! ——————————- Report from the fringe By libby October 24, 2003 There’s more than one way for an artist to show work, and it doesn’t have to be on a clothesline–but the tiny little cubby of a gallery, ... More » »

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Because It’s Fun – Keith Greiman and Martha Rich at Space 1026

—Ali’s post introduces us to two artists whose quirky works will amuse you and make you think. — the artblog editors —— When you were a child, why was art your favorite class? Was it the subtle artistic nuances with which your fellow peers captured the zenith of the fourth grade experience? Or was it because it was engaging and colorful and there were fewer rules in art than there were in the always-dreaded math class? In their two-person show “Nothing Is Rather Do,” artists Keith Greiman and Martha Rich seem to excavate the foundations of our fascination and force ... More » »

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From the vault – September, 2003, art and crafts

Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In September, 2003, we were mesmerized by the labor-intensive complexity of the newest work and took pleasure in the return-to-crafts movement. Femininity and sex appeal were frequently referenced but really everything looks better when it glistens with the sheen of a little elbow grease! ——————————- The labor of art By roberta September 15, 2003 Speaking of minimalism and art going back to square one for a bit of soul searching (see Libby’s post below) I wonder if the current boomlet in labor-intensive ... More » »

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From the vault – September, 2003 – location, location, location!

Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In September, 2003, art took us off the grid and we cheerfully admired the view as we chased her through subway stations and wooded walkways, to New York and back again. We learned about the simplistic beauty of an unconventional setting- and also that Libby loves maps! ——————————- Stopping by the grid on a sunny morning By libby September 14, 2003 The minute I stepped off the city’s grid and headed into the woods, I lost my way. I was at the ... More » »

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From the vault – August, 2003, a video rewind

Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In August, 2003, we weighed the successes and failures of “video” as a medium. Debates were had and opinions were stated but in the end, it was decided that we were just too dang impatient for such a slowly-transmitted message! Video art has since become a bit more user-friendly and its rising popularity and increased accessibility have led us to become more receptive. Consider the dialogue below and remember to “be kind” as you “rewind”! ——————————- Video time By libby August 21, ... More » »

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From the vault – July, 2003, time and space

[Ed. note: In celebration of artblog's 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In July, 2003, we explored the idea of space. From moving space at the Barnes, to using it at the ICA, we questioned the "where" and "when" of how it should be used effectively. It is fascinating to read through these posts and see how far both of these institutions have come in settling into and establishing their own distinctive spaces.] ——————————- Barnes musings By roberta July 30, 2003 I read last week that Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher finally weighed in ... More » »

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The quintessence of collaboration – Damon Kowarsky and Atif Khan in Hybrid at Twelve Gates Arts

To create a hybrid means to capture and combine two seemingly different things to fashion one new cohesive thing. For example, look at a grapple. This hybrid fruit was genetically modified to combine the tastes of sour grapes and sweet apples- totally different flavors but somehow, they go well together. At Twelve Gates Arts, Australian artist Damon Kowarsky and Pakistani artist Atif Khan combine their two distinctive backgrounds and flavors to create the artistic version of a grapple. This harmonious display of collaborative work is aptly entitled, “Hybrid.” For 11 months, the two men exchanged a total of twenty sketches ... More » »

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Decomposition at Marginal Utility – Gahee Park’s Back to Nature

“Oh crap,” I thought as I walked into the exhibition space. Immediately confronted with a painted image of fly-ridden feces, my first impression of Gahee Park’s show was harsh and uncomfortable. The show plays with the idea of a primitive modernism and as it is displayed, resembles the kind of Neolithic diorama that you would find in a very bizarre natural history museum. Entitled “Back to Nature,” Park’s work focuses on the decomposition and degradation of humankind. Both the press release and the banner for the show presented an image depicting an apocalyptic scene of ruin: crushed bricks, battered cement ... More » »

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