Posts By jennifer zarro


Maps and mapping at Temple Contemporary and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

[Self-described cartophile Jennifer visits two map-inspired shows, searching for a new spin on the age-old tradition of mapmaking. — the artblog editors] Maps abound in two recent exhibitions in Philadelphia: The Atlas Imagined: A Collaborative Project at the Athenaeum, which ran through June 6, and Paula Scher and Keith Hartwig: Philadelphia Explained at Temple Contemporary, which runs through July 17. In these exhibitions, maps become objects of group collaboration and charts of dreams, fears, and yearnings. Immersive and imaginative Despite their trustworthy reputations, maps are never totally reliable. Our Internet mapping, satellite technology, and GPS is beneficial, but we often end ... More » »

Danny Simmons, "Lifted," 2014, oil fabric on canvas.

Danny Simmons at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

[Jennifer gets a chance to interview artist and collector Danny Simmons, uncovering the influences that stretch from his collected works into his original art. Simmons is planning a move to the Philadelphia area. — the artblog editors] Two works hang side-by-side. One is a fabric collage and one is a color photograph. The collage is by the artist, Danny Simmons, and the photo is by another artist, Mickalene Thomas. The two works look great together. Why does this matter? Because Mickalene Thomas’ photo is in Danny Simmons’ art collection, and Simmons’ fabric collage has uncanny concordance with the photo, which ... More » »

Series of sculptures

Tweak of Nature at the Main Line Art Center

[Jennifer takes a whirl around a colorful show touching on a range of natural and animal themes–but don’t expect pastoral scenes. — the artblog editors] Three artists grapple with nature and its forces in Tweak of Nature, the current exhibition at the Main Line Art Center. In the spacious, light-filled galleries here, we see a pile of chairs crashed together into an abstract sculptural jumble, an octopus freeing itself from beneath a bell jar, and pig-humans staring at their reflections in a mirror. In these works and others, nature is an element that is powerful, threatened, and threatening, but also ... More » »


Zabardust at Twelve Gates Arts

[Jennifer works through a Feminist, all-female show celebrating unconventional women and acknowledging the daily struggle of women in some cultures to be equally acknowledged. — the artblog editors] Zabardust is an Urdu term that can be translated into English to mean awesome, terrific, or even fabulous. It is also the conceptual framework and title for the current group show at Twelve Gates Arts, on 2nd street in Old City, Philadelphia. Organized by New York-based curator Jasmine Wahi, Zabardust includes various-media works by seven artists: Karlito Miller, Rachel Mason, Maria Berrio, Angela Fraleigh, Anjali Bhargava, Swati Khurana, and Leila Lal. The exhibition ... More » »


Sparkling Sirens — Stuart Netsky at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

[Jennifer decrypts the glittering layers of Stuart Netsky’s latest show, which includes homages to Marilyn Monroe and ’90s supermodels, as well as references to a wide range of art-historical precedents. — the artblog editors] A wall of eyes meets visitors the moment they walk into Stuart Netsky’s show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. These cropped images of eyes are appropriated from works of art such as a de Kooning woman or a Frida Kahlo painting, or else they are the eyes of Cary Grant and other screen stars. Netsky’s exhibition, Sirens, is about looking and the escapist fantasies made possible by classic films, ... More » »

Tim Eads, Five Red Drips, 54.5 x 36 x 37 inches, Steel, polyethylene & paint, 2013, image courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia.

Tim Eads at Pentimenti Gallery

[Jennifer enjoys Tim Eads’ current show at Pentimenti Gallery–a mix of seemingly effortless whimsy and serious engineering considerations. — the artblog editors] Through Dec. 15, Pentimenti Gallery is exhibiting recent sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Tim Eads. Here, Eads presents his current wall-hanging constructions, a freestanding work, and one large-scale installation in the gallery’s Project Room. Nineteen works in total evince Eads’ playful, process-based approach to making and his nuanced articulations with such diverse materials as LED lights, sheets of acrylic, fiberglass, steel, plastic tubing, industrial ink, and nylon cord. Bright colors and complex patterns The majority of works can be ... More » »


Kazumi Tanaka at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

[Jennifer explores the craft and care put into a profoundly personal show, and explains some of the traditions that influence the works. — the artblog editors] In a video now on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, we can see how the artist Kazumi Tanaka crushes the green leaves from an indigo plant in her hand. Within seconds, the leaves oxidize and dye her palm, fingers, and fingernails dark blue. It’s like a magic trick. This video, a 39-minute loop titled “Mother and Child Reunion,” is just one piece in the larger exhibition Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion, ... More » »

Sarah Puleo, Instincts, on view at Gravy Studio and Gallery in the exhibition the Denizens of Pines, though July 31

The Denizens of Pines, a group show at Gravy Studio and Gallery

[Jennifer takes a virtual hike into New Jersey’s Pine Barrens via a recent three-artist exhibit spanning photography, drawings, and film. — the artblog editors] David Scott Kessler, Kaitlin Mosley, and Sarah Puleo are artists who explore the landscape and mysteries of the New Jersey Pine Barrens–an almost mythological place. This is the home of the Jersey Devil and the White Stag; these legends have their own Wikipedia page, perhaps confirming the endurance of these myths. At Gravy Studio and Gallery, these three artists presented photographs, sketches, and film that touched lightly on this folklore, while relishing the contradictions and natural ... More » »

Photo by Constance Mensh

“How do you make a magic carpet a reality?” Candy Coated shows us at The Oval

[Jennifer is transported to The Oval, where a magical visual transformation shows the effect of public art on happiness. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) has, for the second year in a row, transformed a site on the Parkway into an immersive art environment. Last summer, she created Candy Coated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And now, through August 17, Candy Coated brings her signature imagery of diamonds, hearts, leaves, paisleys, and butterflies to the eight-acre public park known as The Oval. Summer wonderland Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Fairmount ... More » »


The World Is an Apple — The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation

[Jennifer digs into Cézanne’s labor-intensive approach to art-making, and dedication to certain still life subjects–both of which set the artist apart in his rapidly industrializing era. — the artblog editors] In his essay titled “Cézanne’s Doubt,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty tells us that it took Paul Cézanne “one hundred working sessions” to complete a still life. Last Tuesday, under a high-powered microscope in the Barnes Foundation’s light-filled conservation lab, it seemed that all the layers of paint applied in those 100 sessions were revealed. The microscope’s lens was focused on a small painting titled “Three Apples,” 1878-1879, temporarily removed from its usual location ... More » »

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