(Maegan appreciates the intricacies of several ink-on-paper works, and considers how an artist might choose to let go of her work. — the artblog editors) Showing this month at Gallery Joe is Astrid Bowlby’s Sample (d)(r). The artist has chosen to display 15 sets of two drawings each. The drawings are barely discernibly different from one another and are composed of ink and mixed media. Only one of the drawings from each set is for sale: the buyer’s choice. Bowlby will keep the drawing that remains from each set. Letting go after creating Bowlby says, “The title of the exhibition, ... More » »
The artists of All Black, currently on view at Gallery Joe, may not work in all black all the time, but their collective strength indicates a variety of approaches and experimentation with monochrome. Astrid Bowlby, N. Dash, Roland Flexner, Kristin Holder, Xylor Jane, Jill O’Bryan, Mark Sheinkman, Allyson Strafella, and Jorinde Voigt are the artists included in the show. The use of line isn’t as common a presence in the works as one might expect; rather, field, form, and texture are much more prominent across the board. There is a rich variety of techniques on display, ranging from those employing chance and ... More » »
It’s a different kind of silence than the refined quiet of an art gallery. Here at City Hall, the gentle ‘tap-tap’ of keyboards and the quiet shuffle of feet hurrying across carpeted floors reminds you, even as you take in Mark Stockton’s ludicrous charcoal portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Portlock’s hellish depiction of Philadelphia’s badlands, that you’re in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Though I felt at first inhibited, I then reminded myself that the display of work by the Philadelphia artists chosen for the West Collection exemplifies the OACCE’s mission of furthering the arts ... More » »
It’s probably every artist’s dream to deliver a surprise to a skeptical art institution and come away with kudos and love. Astrid Bowlby’s Snag at the Michener Museum, a jaunty 3D Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe minus the figures does just that. Bowlby sited the mini-landscape on the floor, picnic cloth-like, in the middle of Michener’s Putnam-Smith gallery of regional landscapes. The museum wanted it elsewhere. Once installed, the colorful, tactile, by turns organized and messy piece sits there like it was meant to be.
The big shock in Gallery Joe‘s current show is what has happened to the space. The usual Joe m.o. is to hang the work in calmest presentation possible, neatly arrayed around the small gallery’s spaces.
Lots of Philadelphians heading to New York to install their works in galleries all over town. Here’s what we’re excited about. There’s probably more and let us know if we missed you. ROB MATTHEWS Rob MatthewsThe artist’s cousin (Dan), graphite on paper Rob Matthews has his solo debut in New York at Daniel Cooney. Show, titled Kindred, opens Sept. 11 and runs to Nov. 15. Matthews is a formidable Philadelphia blogger as well as being a fabulous artist who shows locally at Gallery Joe. ZOE STRAUSS Zoe Strauss’s new book, America. We love the American flag reference in the carpeted ... More » »
A drawing by Matt Fisher in The Drawing Narrative, the exhibit now up at Jenny Jaskey Gallery; photo taken by Robert Fallon In the middle of artist Matt Fisher‘s talk last week, I thought, gee, this is interesting. So I pulled out a pad and started taking notes. Matt was speaking at Untitled, Jenny Jaskey Gallery‘s brand new forum on contemporary art that she hopes will help “people to appreciate (and buy!) contemporary art (and works made locally!),” Jaskey wrote us in an email. This first event, organized around her current exhibit The Drawing Narrative, featured talks by Fisher, Pennsylvania ... More » »
Here are a few of the Philly artists who you can see in places far and wide: Nick Lenker at Artspace/Stonefox Nick Lenker’s disturbing photocollages of hybrid man-beasts open at a hybrid New York gallery Artspace/Stonefox, Opening April 22 to July 1. New work by Anthony Campuzano at White Columns The fabulous words-as-art guy, Anthony Campuzo is part of a group show at White Columns, April 3 through May 2. The group is 11 artists who have participated in White Columns programs during the past three years. Here’s who: Anthony Campuzano, Carter, Jennifer Cohen, Peter Gallo, Tamar Halpern, Colter Jacobsen, ... More » »
Happy almost Spring! Before the hot air blows for real come out and hear these Spring-time lecturers talk about their work. The events are free and open to the public but in some cases consider getting there early because rooms are small and crowds may be big. Thank you, Philly’s art schools for rounding up the talent for us. No doubt I missed some things. Anything juicy…feel free to add it in the comments. PS. I cherry-picked what I’m interested in so if you want to see the whole lineup for each school be sure to click on the link ... More » »