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Strange worlds collide in Matrix: Mathematics_Heart of Gold and the Abyss

[Our U.K. correspondent, Katie, takes a trip to Seoul and reviews a show combining calculation and contemporary art. -- the artblog editors] To most people, mathematics is something of an unknown world. At worst, it can be intimidating; at best, filled with secrets that can’t be accessed without a significant amount of education. Conceived as a look at the artist’s take on mathematics, Matrix: Mathematics_Heart of Gold and the Abyss at Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was timed to coincide with the International Congress of Mathematicians, taking place in the same city. The “Heart of Gold,” explains ... More » »

Photograph of a tucan statue

Artists I’ve Shot

[Jaime Alvarez’s photo post is part of an occasional series of images taken in artists’ studios when Jaime is shooting professional images of artworks. (Jaime is also a fine art photographer and member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid gallery.) The candy-colored object is a calibration tool to help the photographer calibrate the color for the photo shoot. Jaime asks the artist to hold the calibration tool. Sometimes the artist puts him- or herself into the photo, and sometimes all you see is the artist's hand reaching into the frame and holding the calibrator. The result is a working image made in support ... More » »

Painting

Unidentified Flying Objects, physical evidence and skepticism — Ben Furgal at Space 1026

[Michael is beamed up into a collection of work inspired by the Air Force's questionnaire on UFOs, where time seems to pass more slowly. -- the artblog editors] This month, Space 1026 transforms into a green-tinted, black-light paradise that is an X-Files-lover’s dream. Ben Furgal’s Describe the Phenomenon presents evidential collages and paintings whose titles come from the Air Force Form 117 questionnaire about Unidentified Flying Objects. “Remain calm and objective.” Furgal replaced the overhead lights with neon-green florescent lightbulbs that add an eerie glow–similar to something out of an alien-themed haunted house. These lights radiate off the futuristic black-light cell-towers, ... More » »

Recent work by Clint Jukkala. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – Clint Jukkala at Brian Morris, taking a “Pulse” at Dilworth, Vox Populi’s intense month of performances, opportunities and more!

News   Dilworth Park opened this month to no small fanfare, and rightfully so. But there’s still more to come for the revamped space. Janet Echelman’s sculpture piece Pulse is coming in 2015. Designed to be embedded in the new plaza’s 11,600-square-foot fountain, Pulse traces the three subway routes underneath in real time, sending up four-foot-tall trails of mist, which glow at night when illuminated by multiple layers of colored light. Farewell to the dreary and foreboding Dilworth of old! Whitney Kimball, one of the ArtFCity writers who has covered the Philly art scene several times for ArtFCity including one ... More » »

actor on stage and audience

White Rabbit Red Rabbit — Nassim Soleimanpour’s dark allegory at the Fringe Festival

[Alaina experiences a one-man show that crosses the fourth wall--and half the Earth--to reach Philadelphia audiences. -- the artblog editors] Philly theatergoers and writers never get bossed around more than during the weeks of the freewheeling Fringe Festival, when they’ll often purchase a ticket before the artists will disclose the venue, and receive strict instructions on when and how to arrive and what to bring. Reviewers’ directions This year’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, coming to us from Iran while playwright Nassim Soleimanpour cannot, offers its own “Urgent Note for Press” demanding that I not forget Soleimanpour lives in Iran, and ... More » »

Comic

Bananazz

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A couple in bed

Fringe Arts, Pig Iron, and PAFA unite for 99 Breakups

[Donald takes a romantic romp through a performance piece showing that breakups aren't the end of the world. -- the artblog editors] Have you ever needed a fresh outlook on the dreaded “breakup”? The Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups (a world premiere) at PAFA’s Landmark Building allows its viewers to laugh along with painful stories while shaping a collective unit that doesn’t ignore their own dark moments. 99 Breakups is an experimental and physically demanding piece of theater that keeps the audience tightly knit as they move throughout the Landmark Theater with a new view on the collapse of ... More » »

abstract painting of many colors

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Miley Cyrus makes a colorful visual art debut; two lists of must-see shows in Philly and NYC; artists whose work is a platform for activism can apply for a Rauschenberg Foundation grant. -- the artblog editors] Trite Yet Amusing: Miley Cyrus’s NYFW Art Debut via the New York Post Marketing Philly’s Future: New Proposal to Merge the City’s Campaigns via Philly.com Check Out This List of 8 Must-See Shows in NYC This Fall, via Paper Mag The Ever-Popular David Lynch Visited His Once-Home of Philadelphia This Week via WHYY Newsworks Philly.com’s List of Must-See Fall Shows in ... More » »

garden gnome inside

Special happening at Roth opening at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery last night

[Roberta sees a surprise performance at a gallery opening last night. -- the artblog editors] The exhibit Roth opened last night at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery.  In addition to the group show — which celebrates the first Dieter Roth exhibit at the University of the Arts in 1966 and which is great — the new floors, newly-flattened interior wall (remember that circular wall?) and spiffed up ceiling in the gallery bring the gallery’s infrastructure nicely into the 21st century! Speaking of walls, this happened last night. The piece is by Erwin Wurm and it’s called Theory of Painting, 2007/2014, instruction drawing. I am ... More » »