Posts By becky hunter

Caitlin Masley, mobile made from upstairs bathroom floor materials, viewed from above (2012).

Art in the house – Interventions at Isidro Blasco’s on Tulip Street

INTERVENTIONS was a one-weekend project on October 20-21 curated by Spanish, New York-based artist Isidro Blasco. He’d just bought a ramshackle house—2009 Tulip Street in Kensington, near the Berks El stop—and invited six artists to create site-sensitive works before the renovations begin. Todd Baldwin, who I met when he was a guest artist at Vox Populi last winter, is an artist in the apartment show and he invited me to snoop around. We’ll get to his delicate, winding sculpture in one of the bedrooms in a minute, but—first things first—let’s take a tour of the ground floor. Caitlin Masley’s dove-like ... More » »


Optic Fiber at University City Arts League

Optic Fiber is a restrained, elegant exhibition juxtaposing two very different approaches to working with textiles and objects. With Doug Witmer’s thoughtful organizing and light curatorial touch, the show at University City Arts League leaves adequate room for Fjord Gallery member Lindsay Chandler’s loud, knitted, and woven pieces to converse formally with Ana B. Hernandez’s blanched, fragile arrangements of natural and artificial things. It’s fun to try to unravel Chandler’s making process. Her largest displayed work, the rambunctious “Untitled” (2011), is a roughshod weaving on magenta-painted board, in which whole skeins of yarn have been shoved gleefully through a warp of ... More » »

Amie Potsic - Season Install 2

Changing seasons, changing climate in photos and activist works at the Gershman Y

This summer, the Gershman Y‘s two galleries host exhibitions intended to stimulate conversation around climate change. I slipped gratefully into the air-conditioned spaces on an extremely-hot, late June day. In the Open Lens Gallery are Susan Sayler and Edward Morris’s sweeping photographic images of glaciers, deserts, forest fires, and icecaps: bleak landscapes studied by scientists for evidence of climate change, part of their long term project A History of the Future. “Drought and Fires XIX: Gansu Province, China, 2007″ depicts a former farm building, eroded by the advancing desert. In the dust of what might once have been a lawn, ... More » »

Marcel Williams Foster, Britney Hines, and Dustan Matungwa,  Jane Goodall Speaks with a Native About Nature, live streamed performance, 2012. Photo: Kelani Nichole.

Low Lives at Little Berlin – screenings, live and via the internet

The international performance art festival Low Lives — broadcast via the internet and simultaneously projected at multiple venues throughout the world –took place in Philadelphia at Little Berlin in collaboration with Mascher Space over two days, April 27 and 28, with screenings and one, in-the-flesh performance. Low Lives was an official part of Philly Tech Week. At the Friday night extravaganza, which I missed, theater artists Marcel Williams Foster and Britney Hines transformed Little Berlin into a “cyber-jungle” of video games, toy monkeys, and tarot readings to set the stage for their five-minute contribution to Low Lives. “Jane Goodall Speaks with a ... More » »

Ben Rivers, Slow Action, 2010. Film Still. Copyright & courtesy, the artist; Photograph copyright Alice Dubieniec

Film and video from the UK at ICA and International House

As a Brit stranded in Philadelphia until my green card arrives, I was keen to catch up on current art filmmaking from my little island, on view last Wednesday at ICA and International House. Up first in a program titled Return of the New – Recent Film/Video Works from the UK, “What it is Not” is an hour-long compilation of new works ranging in length from six to seventeen minutes, curated by Gil Leung and touring through LUX, a London-based international agency supporting artists’ moving image practice. “Reference is reflexive,” declares the playbill. Many of the short videos enacted this, ... More » »