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Photos from fidget in Philly

[Chip shows some photos from <fidget>’s fall Experimental Music Festival. <fidget> is a collaboration between Megan Bridge and Peter Price.  — the artblog editors] A photographic account of <fidget> from the Nov. 8, 2014 program curated by Thomas Patteson.

Tim Portlock, "Sunrise-the extended constructivists re-render."

Ruffneck Constructivists rumbles at the Institute of Contemporary Art

[Chip fills us in on a group show dealing with urban issues, curated by artist Kara Walker. — the artblog editors] When confronted with the idea of the urban landscape and its veritable overload of stimuli, it’s safe to say that there are as many interpretations of cities as there are individuals and intersections therein. Curator Kara Walker attempts to coalesce the impossibly complex concept of contemporary urban culture into an 11-artist exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which she calls Ruffneck Constructivists; the show is Walker’s retooling of Russian Constructivism focused on the front-line forces shaping our society–intentionally or otherwise–each ... More » »

Mia Rosenthal, "MacBook Pro (Scott)."

Mia Rosenthal takes it one day at a time at Gallery Joe

[Chip explains the subject of a series by artist Mia Rosenthal: the subtle connections between our lives on Earth and the bigger, cosmic picture. — the artblog editors] What on earth do space, pizza, MacBooks, and evolution have in common? Well, frankly, not an awful lot. Despite their apparently arbitrary assortment, Mia Rosenthal draws together all of these elements and populates Gallery Joe with them for her solo show A Little Bit Every Day, which is as conceptually unexpected as it is painstakingly crafted. By illustrating what we know directly from our daily lives (laptops, phones, and Google searches) and pairing that ... More » »

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Due North provides a little slice of Iceland for North Philly

[Chip journeys to the Arctic through a recent group exhibition, noting that the 26 artists of Due North have managed to capture the icy terrain’s mystery and appeal — the artblog editors] From the frosty expanses of the Arctic, as well as right here at home in Philadelphia, the ambitious Due North exhibition appropriately housed at the Crane Arts Icebox space calls on 13 local artists and 13 Icelandic artists for a collaboration of mystical proportions. In this extensive show curated by Marianne Bernstein, artists explore themes including storytelling, travel, nature and climate, humor, and the intersections of many different media. The ... More » »

Kate Abercrombie, "Unisphere. Image courtesy Fleisher/Ollman

Abstracting the actual and concocting the unreal at Fleisher/Ollman

[Chip explores and compares the wide range of abstract work being created by four artists, and comments on their treatment of space and human forms. — the artblog editors] Fleisher/Ollman‘s current show, Reprefantasion, which straddles yesteryear (2013) and the first month of 2014, also seeks to bridge the gaps between differing schools of abstraction. Four artists are represented in this group exhibition: Kate Abercrombie and Becky Suss, who distort the actual, and Kinke Kooi and Sarah Gamble, who decisively skip straight to the unreal. The show is on view through February 1. Proclivity for pink: Kinke Kooi   Most noticeable of Kinke Kooi’s ... More » »

Some of Mosher's images are distorted by movement and low quality capture devices.

Ted Mosher’s spontaneous photo journeys at Highwire

(Chip visits Highwire Gallery and sees photos and paintings by Ted Mosher that seem like they are trying to capture the future.–the artblog editors) Highwire Gallery on Frankford Avenue is currently showing new work by Ted Mosher, specifically a series of photographs and watercolors that he has assembled through a dual-process of capture and creation. On the walls of the long, narrow interior of the gallery hang alternating sections of watercolor paintings and small, square photographs arranged into rectangular groups of thirty images. Mosher utilizes a deceptively simple cell phone camera as the basis for his photographic excursions, as opposed ... More » »

Avdo Babic's wall of familiar faces we love to hate.

All things evil at Pterodactyl – All Along the Watchtower

(Chip visits a show about villainy and finds that the concept can be a slippery one.–the artblog editors) In Star Wars: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi calls the spaceport of Mos Eisley a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.” Curators Jon F. Allen, Mary Coyle, Brian James Spies, and David E. Williams call their Pterodactyl exhibit All Along the Watchtower, but the same notion stands. The show includes more than two dozen artists who turn their attention towards the dastardly and the vile, with occasional counterpoints of the benevolent or heroic. Rogue’s gallery of famous faces – villains and heroes In a gallery ... More » »

Sculpture in foreground: Sean Gerstley, "A Bunch of Lucky So-and-sos."

Pool Rules at FJORD – Rule-based art causes some viewer consternation

—> Chip confronts the rules three artists use for making their art, in his review of Pool Rules at Fjord.  –the artblog editors——————————> “No running!” “No diving!” How often have we been whistled at by lifeguards as adolescents wreaking havoc around our favorite watering holes?  Rules and regulations at a place of fun and leisure are killjoys put there for legal and safety reasons. More interesting by far than pool rules, are the systems of rules and rituals that three local artists use to create their art.  These rule-based artists’ systems are what the show Pool Rules dives into at FJORD. ... More » »

Isaac Lin, "Green and Green."

Isaac Lin’s In Plain Sight at Asian Arts Initiative – an artblog speed read

–>Chip’s short, sweet review of Isaac Lin’s show at Asian Arts finds vibrating, immersive abstractions on the walls along with friendly cartoon characters and smaller framed works. –the artblog editors————————-> At Asian Arts Initiative through the rest of the summer and well into the fall, you can check out the wild, colorful, patterned artwork of Philadelphia-based Isaac Tin Wei Lin in his solo show, “In Plain Sight.” With what can perhaps be best described as reckless abandon, Lin covers the interior of Asian Arts Initiative’s first floor gallery with mostly abstract, predominantly two-dimensional artwork. Lin’s style lies somewhere betwixt illustration ... More » »

Reflected, projected light scintillates on the projection screen.

Sonic booms by Ezra Masch and Alex Braidwood at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

—>Chip gets an earful at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in a sonic piece by two artists. —the artblog editors———————-> Two artists – Ezra Masch and Alex Braidwood – are in the midst of an installation at Tiger Strikes Asteroid that is more of a sensory experience than a concrete concept or physical artwork. Entitled “End Transmission,” the project harnesses the phenomenon of noise beyond just its auditory qualities, although there is certainly a surplus of sound. In fact, reverberations shudder down the hallway outside of the Tiger space, priming unwitting visitors with vibrations before they even set foot inside. Having recently collaborated ... More » »

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