—Rachel’s review asks the important question, must every piece in an exhibition be great? Read on to find out how she answers her own question.–The artblog editors———————— The first piece stole the show. McDonalds’ French fry containers shaped into diamonds in a grid projecting from a white wall, row after column of that signature red popping forth with those golden arches adding the glistening touch. In fact, before diamonds I saw spinning tops – an endless army with the concepts of repetition, colonization, mass-consumption, and iconographic invasion playing out on the wall’s surface. The shadows produced from the individual pieces ... More » »
Curators Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney harness the meta-ness of our zeitgeist by constructing a physical gallery within the massive confines of the Icebox project space at the Crane Arts Building. The exhibition, “Winter Down,” includes work by five artists – Amy Lincoln, Beth Livensperger, Mike Stifel, Becky Suss, and Douglas Witmer – all displayed in the skewed, pentagonal gallery-within-a-gallery constructed specifically for this show. Upon stepping into the Icebox at Crane, the first thing to confront the viewer is a white-walled, open-topped structure smack dab in the center of the room. Leading up to the fifth (missing) side is a hanging, ... More » »
A hint of bleach wafted through the Icebox when I visited last Thursday night for the closing reception of Refuse Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, a ten-day project organized by Tim Belknap and Ryan McCartney and featuring work by a host of volunteers. In this project, where people’s throwaways became fodder for creative writing, volunteers Chris Golas and Joe DiGiuseppi were the trash rustlers, wrangling black trashbags from Philadelphia streets (they made a video of their curbside pickups, which was projected on a pile of white trash bags). And a host of artists, musicians and writers volunteered to create ... More » »
by Mireille Guy Walking into the current exhibition in the Project Space at Crane Arts, a viewer is greeted by bright and colorful portraits that almost look like movie stills. That is because Girls on Film is a study of the relationship between painting and moving images, between pop culture and feminine identity. Artist Kate Perkins used many pieces from her recent senior thesis at University of the Arts, as well as others, to compose this show, and the result is a vibrant and engaging exhibition. Perkins’ lush and vivid portraits show characters taken from stills of Bollywood movies, Korean or Taiwanese ... More » »
We got a sneak peek at the Philly Pickup Truck Exposition last Friday night, June 1, at Crane Arts. The one-night event was not until the next night, June 2, but the organizers graciously allowed us to crash their installation in progress. The Icebox was filled with the trucks, their hoods up, and with artists making installations for the flatbeds and cabs. The Expo was organized by Tim Belknap and Ryan McCartney, who saw the event as an opportunity to bring some people together, have fun, and show off their trucks (and art). In this 2.45 minute video we see ... More » »
We ventured out for our first official artblog Art Safari on March 2, traveling to Crane Arts, B-Square Gallery and the Vox building. Episode 2, here , shows Bruce Hoffman and Amy Orr talking with us at the Icebox about their Fiber Philadelphia shows. Two more video episodes on their way for the other two stops we made. Stay tuned! We’ll try to run them on Mondays to supercharge your week. If you’re wondering why this is episode 2, that’s because episode 1 ran last October and chronicled our trip to Temple Gallery as part of our safari practice run. ... More » »
Fabian Lopez got in touch recently about a show he curated at the old Nexus space at Crane Arts. Lopez is a recent Tyler MFA, and the 7-person exhibit includes his work and work by some friends of his. The show fills the space well — it’s mostly painting and works on paper but there is one sculptural installation. I met Lopez and his studio-mate, Shanna Waddell, who is also in the exhibit, and after looking at the show we went upstairs to their shared studio space (they are renting Susan Moore’s large studio – plenty of room for two) ... More » »
News Attack on Matisse at National Gallery highlights art security After a recent attack on a Matisse painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, art security is on the minds of writers at the Washington Post. That publication ran two stories recently about art security issues.
With magical treasure maps, Stonehenge-like plinths and allusions to complex non-verbal systems, PHASEscape, a spare show of mostly abstract works, suggests a place out of time.
Our itinerary covered many miles — from Old City to the deepest reaches of Kensington, so we needed the car. We suppose you could bike it but we can’t. What we saw generally tickled us. The conversations were great and enlightening and below is a bunch of pictures with some running commentary. Pentimenti For the last couple summers, Pentimenti has mounted a group show based on an open call. Reaching outside her comfort zone and current stable of artists, gallerist Christine Pfister has again this year rounded up a lively show.Next Page »