[Irena lauds Fleisher/Ollman for its latest show, which brings up issues of exclusion while presenting polished works by artists often “othered”. — the artblog editors] Since 1952, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery has been a major exhibitor and leader in the field of art by self-taught artists. Once marginalized and underrepresented–and now more included in the mainstream of museum and gallery exhibitions, and auction and art fair sales–the self-taught artist, sometimes called outsider, is important to consider when shaping opinions on major art movements and practices because what is on the outside exists in a parallel world to what is inside. Contemporary changes ... More » »
[Evan visits a street art-inspired show, concluding that while street art doesn’t always fit easily into the gallery setting, there’s definitely room for collaboration. — the artblog editors] Department of Neighborhood Services at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery brings together work by Philadelphians Isaac T. Lin and Dan Murphy, and West Coast street-art hero Barry McGee. The artists–who have shown together on multiple occasions over the years–take noticeably similar approaches to street art in the gallery setting, harnessing the raw energy and grit from which graffiti is born and utilizing it to inform a more streamlined vision. From polished aesthetics to pieces seemingly unfinished The first ... More » »
[Chip explores and compares the wide range of abstract work being created by four artists, and comments on their treatment of space and human forms. — the artblog editors] Fleisher/Ollman‘s current show, Reprefantasion, which straddles yesteryear (2013) and the first month of 2014, also seeks to bridge the gaps between differing schools of abstraction. Four artists are represented in this group exhibition: Kate Abercrombie and Becky Suss, who distort the actual, and Kinke Kooi and Sarah Gamble, who decisively skip straight to the unreal. The show is on view through February 1. Proclivity for pink: Kinke Kooi Most noticeable of Kinke Kooi’s ... More » »
News Cue the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack: Ascot Studios, our banner sponsor from the UK, recently saw one of their artists ascend to fame in a way that can only be described as pure Hollywood, or perhaps Dickensian. A painting of New York by British artist Angela Wakefield on the front cover of national art magazine Art of England was spotted by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who was so taken that he asked Wakefield for permission for this image to be used in his upcoming film Trance. Since the news, Angela has achieved a record sale of $12,500 for one of her ... More » »
News Clinton Darlington Swingle, the developer of the historic Fabric Workshop and Museum at 1214 Arch Street, passed away on January 27. He was responsible for modernizing and completely renovating the Museum into the modern galleries and studio spaces there today; additionally, he was involved with many of the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence installations. As a tribute to Swingle, on February 2 the Brooklyn-based, modern percussion ensemble So- Percussion performed their last piece, Clapping Music by Steve Reich at FWM. In lieu of flowers and notes, individuals may make a donation to The Fabric Workshop and Museum in memory of Clint Swingle to fund the building operations. Phil ... More » »
It is always refreshing to find an artist with a body of work that is as solid as it is diverse. At Fleisher/Ollman’s May exhibition Voyeur, Tristin Lowe proves that he is just such an artist – working in mediums as divergent as cell phone photography, felt sculptures, and glowing neon lights. Lowe’s explorations range from abstractions on a personal level to images of cosmic proportion, and he does so with an unabashed, yet accessible amount of curiosity and humanism.
To arms, citizens of the video, audio, music, noise, and performance world! Fleisher/Ollman Gallery wants your non-linear imagery–and your linear imagery — and your sounds with all the bells and whistles–which they will screen/play/project en masse in one glorious video-audio happening called Your Swimming Brain, Sept. 9 in the gallery. If you want to participate, apply to the gallery by tomorrow, Sept. 3. Instructions on the jump page.
Janet Fleisher, the woman who founded the gallery now called Fleisher/Ollman, died last week. The obit is worth reading, especially if you’re not familiar with the story behind Fleisher/Ollman or with the original Janet Fleisher Gallery. Here’s the obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer. (This link will expire in a few months, so if you are reading this after 2010, …). Here’s the top of the story.
The only image I’ve ever seen of a woman shaving her armpits is in an ad or commercial for shaving products. But Jennifer Levonian’s stop-action animation Her Slip is Showing begins with just that. It’s a dead-on metaphor of a woman trying to make herself acceptable and beat back her natural self as she dresses for a childhood friend’s wedding shower.
With so many exhibits all over the city first for printmaking and then ceramics, the question needs to be asked. How to recognize which well-crafted tree in the forest is the rare specimen worth the visit?Next Page »