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The Usable Earth at Esther Klein Gallery

[Marvin sets off through a relationship-based exhibition, particularly enjoying an evocative video work by David Scott Kessler, and suggesting that maybe, outer space is closer than we think. — the artblog editors] The Usable Earth, a new exhibit at the Esther Klein Gallery in the University City Science Center, addresses the ecological relationship between humans and Earth. Through a variety of media, the invited artists, architects, filmmakers, scholars, and authors examine the human-nature relationship. Some pieces, more than others, carry a certain subtle message: one that implies the enduring presence of a land once untouched by man. Several notable works ... More » »

At the start of the show a series of objects confront viewers before proceeding to the films and trailers

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic by Tiona McClodden

[Rachel moves through a series of video “visions” and accompanying art objects created by Tiona McClodden — the artblog editors] A sleeping bag and bright blue shield mark the interior entrance of the Science Center at 35th and Market Streets. The pairing immediately transmits feelings of protection, fear, veneration, and shelter. An eerie familiarity is communicated as you begin to move through the space, gazing into portraits with fireworks transposed onto photographic surfaces. The exhibition is Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions, on view at the Esther Klein Gallery through March 15. Co-presented ... More » »


Shelley Spector Working at NextFab and Sarah McEneaney at Tibor de Nagy

  NextFab is a high-tech shop in West Philadelphia that enables architects, industrial designers, and artists to create prototypes or small runs of products. Its staff of twenty includes engineers, designers, electronics specialists, photographers, and others who are available for training and technical help. I met Shelley Spector there last week to see what she’s been doing during the past six months that she’s had a residency at NextFab through Breadboard, an organization at the University City Science Center that promotes community outreach around technology and manages the Esther Klein Gallery, among other projects. Any artist who makes ‘things’ that ... More » »


Science Times

Philadelphia artist Jordan Griska’s ambitious solo show, Nowhere Fast—his first since winning the 2008 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Award—showcases his ability to turn an understanding of industrial fabrication into seriously high-impact sculpture. Unfortunately, whether due to the particularities of the University Science Center’s Breadboard space—more of a corporate lobby than an art gallery—or attempting to combine older work into a new theme—Griska’s ISC Award-winning Ad Infinitum piece is back—Griska’s show does not live up to the potential the best work suggests he has. Griska’s title, Nowhere Fast, sets a tone just this side of mid-20th century existential angst. His choice ... More » »

Breadboard_3: Steve Brower's custom fabricated stereoscope suitable for use with iPhone screens. using iPhone you can link to his website and view ready-made stereograms based on live-feed imagery from the "lander". The lander will be producing imagery from the Klein Gallery and is gearing up for a mission to Montana.

Breadboard turns Esther Klein into a project space

A big shift at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) begins tomorrow. The shift from an art and science (emphasis on art) space to an art and technology (emphasis on technology) space has been in the works for some time. Tomorrow, EKG shows off it’s new, techie big brother–Breadboard. The art at EKG was made at Breadboard, and showing off Breadboard art is EKG’s new role.  NextFab, which is a high-tech fabrication shop, doubles as Breadboard’s partner, providing its equipment to Breadboard’s projects. And if you’re still confused go on over there tomorrow and talk with Dan ... More » »

Marisa Olson at Esther Klein Gallery

Marisa Olson, Some Nice Looking Sound Files, I think this is #8, Iris Print, 32 inches x 42 inches Artist Marisa Olson takes on one of the building blocks of the Internet and the computer–background imagery–with wit and verve, stealing the familiar wallpapers and animated gifs, reimagining them in gigantic proportions–from bits to bytes to pure gluttony. Marisa Olson, The New Transparency (diptych), detail, Iris Prints, each 32 x 26.5 inches Her exhibit Background Information at Esther Klein Gallery includes new work. It’s a load of fun, a small exhibit that takes on the graphics used to express sound files, ... More » »

Our hunch on a not-to-be-missed show

We are shameless about letting you know about our contributer Annette Monnier‘s latest curatorial adventure. That’s because we believe it’s going to be great. Her show Given Enough Eyeballs includes art that hacks open source computer software for art’s sake–for example Super Mario Brothers visuals put to very different purposes. The exhibit opens tonight at the Esther Klein Gallery, 5-8. The big pre-opening news is this from Annette: “We just got some press from Rhizome, the New Museum’s New Media web-site: http://rhizome.org/.” So maybe we’ll see you there tonight!! Given Enough EyeballsMarch 14th-April 26thThe Esther M. Klein Art GalleryThe Science ... More » »

Weekly Update – The Great Society at Klein Art Gallery

This week’s Weekly has my review of The Great Society at Klein Art Gallery. Below is the copy with a picture and more at flickr (I’ll put more in the post later). Here’s Libby’s flickr setIrony Rich“The Great Society” invites you to drop out. Newsreader in the faux news program in Joulia Strauss’s video in the Great Society. “The Great Society” at Klein Art Gallery is a dirge in eight-part harmony about our not-so-great society. Even if you don’t know the show’s historical reference (Lyndon Johnson’s optimistic social program of the 1960s), you’ll grasp its irony. Guest curator Daniel Fuller’s ... More » »


Not exactly a science

Someone heard my prayer and provided seats for the long videos The seating is glorious–three sweet little high-tech stools in front of each of the longer videos at Esther Klein Gallery. Each of those two videos is in its own little cubicle, one nearly a black box, the other more open, but both doing the job of giving a viewer a way to savor the videos. The four small dvd players, mounted on the wall, each had a couple of earphones, and each held ultrashort videos–short enough to make me not mind standing through the experience. Another highlight–the high-tech, ultra-designed ... More » »