News FiberPhiladelphia gets underway March is fast approaching, and so are a number of events as part of FiberPhiladelphia, the annual Philadelphia textile and fiber arts festival. In fact, Mayor Nutter will kick off the March 2 ceremony at Moore College of Art and Design by proclaiming March 2012 as Fiber Arts Month. The first event is the opening of In Material: Fiber 2012 on Friday, January 27 at Arthur Ross Gallery. New curator at Woodmere Matthew U. Palczynski is the new curator at the Woodmere Art Museum. Palczynski was most recently the Staff Lecturer for Western Art at the Philadelphia Museum of ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my First Friday picks. Little Berlin ’s “ Works on Paper Rejects ”—with drawings, prints, photos and sculpture by artists rejected from the recent Works on Paper exhibit at Arcadia University —is the hot opening this Friday. Artists are still steamed about the juried Arcadia show, comprised of only 22 works out of a record 1,256 entries submitted by 567 artists. Intentionally or not, “Rejects” will give you an idea of how difficult it is to jury a show of that magnitude.
Bruce Wilhelm and his painting machine, a device he invented to simplify painting large background fields of stripy washes. We visited Bruce Wilhelm at his South Philly house/studio on Halloween morning before going to the Phillies parade. Wilhelm is a recent transplant to town from Richmond, VA. The young artist, 27, a Richmond native, is unusual in that he’s making more money on his art than on his day job, from which he just got furloughed due to the economic turndown. But he’s represented by ADA Gallery (he has a show there right now, up until Nov. 30) and since ... More » »
Two of Bruce Wilhelm’s low-tech-looking videos at ADA Gallery I was definitely stunned by art overload at the fairs last weekend. But here’s my biggest art thought on what’s going on. Videos and technology are in rebellion against high-tech. The chill is gone. On the other hand, paintings are increasingly high tech looking, thanks to the glisten of resins and other shiny media. In fact they’re so thick and object-like that they’re starting to look like sculpture. And sculpture hasn’t really come down on either side, with low-tech cardboard and carving and ceramics and high-tech resins and electronics. It was ... More » »