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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 » »

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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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Syd Carpenter’s More Places of Our Own at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

[Jennifer visits an exhibition of evocative sculptural work by artist and Swarthmore professor Syd Carpenter, whose inspiration came from traveling to African American-owned farms and gardens in the South. — the artblog editors] Syd Carpenter’s ceramic and steel sculptures describe literal and ideological aspects of historic, black-owned farms and gardens in the American south. Carpenter’s works, both freestanding and high-relief, are now on view in an exhibition entitled More Places of Our Own at the African American Museum in Philadelphia through August 17.  The installation also includes a video of the people and places Carpenter visited during a driving tour of ... More » »

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“To work as the spirit moves me” — an interview with Sarah Van Keuren

[Jennifer sits down with artist and teacher Sarah Van Keuren to talk alternative photography processes, the fascination of chemistry, and Van Keuren’s plans for the future. — the artblog editors] Sarah Van Keuren has been teaching non-silver and alternative photography processes at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1980.  She retires at the end of this spring semester. Her influential work over the past 34 years includes helping to establish a non-silver printing room at UArts, and mentoring students. Some of her students have even become professors of this 19th-century process, which hovers somewhere between printmaking and photography. ... More » »

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Trestletown, North from Goldtex (2013);  36" x  48", egg tempera on wood. Courtesy of Locks Gallery.

LOOK! Contemporary art and social justice in Philadelphia at Saint Joseph’s University gallery

[Jennifer speaks with the curator of an exhibit focusing on social justice-related artwork here in Philadelphia, and gives an overview of the impactful works included in the show. — the artblog editors] Social justice is a term that can be variously defined, especially in art. Art historian and curator Emily Hage offers intriguing ways to understand what this term means in the exhibition LOOK! Contemporary Art and Social Justice in Philadelphia, on view at St. Joseph’s University Gallery through March 28. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and photographs by four artists who are committed to social change, and whose work “comes from ... More » »

Demetrius Oliver, Heliometric, 2014, on view during the opening reception at The Print Center

Demetrius Oliver at the Print Center

[Jennifer discusses a star-inspired show that requires a different way of thinking, good knees, and a flexible evening schedule. –the artblog editors] Demetrius Oliver’s exhibition at the Print Center requires viewers to listen to things we can’t hear, to examine closely things we may typically overlook, and to crawl through a dog door. The exhibition title, Canicular, refers to both the canine and the stellar: specifically the star Sirius, known as the Dog Star. In the six works on view here, Oliver presents opportunities for us to forgo our human egos and to adopt a more instinctual or animalistic position ... More » »

Jeffrey Jenkins, Monkeyman. An oversized portrait of one of Jenkins's Misfits.

Brushes, planets, misfits, and other collections at The Mildred Complex(ity) in Narrowsburg, NY

[Jennifer visits an eccentric show filled with rescued and repurposed objects, and observes how these collections relate to the issues of gender roles and environmental impact. — the artblog editors] Jeffrey Jenkins rescues abandoned and vulnerable things.  For example, over the course of four or five years, he salvaged almost 100 decrepit balls that washed up on the banks of the Hudson River. These balls form just one of Jenkins’ many object collections.  He also accumulates brushes, frayed and raggedy stuffed animals he calls “Misfits,” and old paint-by-number paintings. Jenkins revives these cast-offs in his art projects, or displays them ... More » »

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Photo courtesy of Matt Suib/Greenhouse Media

Family and community – The Way of the Chopsticks at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

(Jennifer visits an exhibit that raises issues of freedom, community, family and the future in China.  But there are more universal echoes here as well.–the artblog editors) What a wonderful time to see contemporary Chinese art in Philadelphia! artblog‘s Rachel Heidenry recently wrote about the current show at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery which features graduates of the China Central Academy of Art.  The Philadelphia Art Alliance is also hosting two acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists in their current exhibition, The Way of the Chopsticks.   This site-specific installation by married couple and international art stars Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen effectively uses ... More » »

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