Rob Matthews has always explored dualities in his subject matter — good and evil, faith and doubt, death and life, transgression and forgiveness. Right now there’s a duality in his studio practice as well. Two bodies of work at Gallery Joe (one in ink and chalk and the other in graphite) are both in the service of the subject — chaos and its aftermath. Somewhere in the future, the artist says he hopes to weave the two methods together, perhaps using animation — or in large mural-sized works that he wants to do, stitching the whole together out of some ... More » »
Printmaking was once the realm of the inky fingered. But today a lot of printing takes place on digital printers, where the ink is in cartridges and the only dirty fingers belong to those who service the machines. Gallery Joe‘s two new Philagrafika-related shows, “Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate” and “Big Ditty” are full of ink jet prints and other manifestations of works run through a computer. Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate
We ran into a lot of folks at the art fairs last week. Some we knew, others were artists and gallerists we were meeting for the first time. Either way, the art fairs are chat fests with conversations about art, sales and the exhilaration of being at the fair. Talk is the glue that holds the memory of the fair together this year. Other years it was the art. Here’s a brief report from Pulse, Volta and the Armory.
This week’s Weekly has my review of shows at Gallery 339 and Gallery Joe. More photos at flickr drawings and photos. “8×10 and Under” at Gallery 339 proves that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to art. While large photos may enfold you in their world and give you a quick hit of satisfaction, tiny images pay back viewers by forcing them to study the pieces and create stronger, more lasting relationships.
Charles Ritchie. Night Studio with Diffenbachia, 1985. watercolor and graphite on Fabriano paper, 4 7/8 x 4 7/8″ Charles Ritchie‘s second solo show at Gallery Joe is a museum-quality exhibit, a 30-year retrospective with a catalog, a glass vitrine in the vault showing the artist’s working sketchbooks and 43 works of exquisite beauty, each a washy night-time scene of the artist’s studio or his neighborhood. It’s a depopulated world with the stillness of the midnight hour filtered through the house’s windows. In fact the windows are major players here lending their glassy mystery to catch both the interior scenes as ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Alex Gorlizki’s and Kate Moran’s exhibits at Gallery Joe. Below is the copy with some pictures. Alexander GorlizkiRest in Motion, 2008AG – 3402Opaque water colour on paper8.5 x 10.75 inches Alex Gorlizki, a sculptor by training, has worked with fabricators of all stripes. His new collaborative works on paper at Gallery Joe demonstrate the London-born New York artist is a new kind of radical transglobal collaborationist. His works made with Indian miniaturists in Jaipur, India, begin with a drawing or idea and end with that idea fleshed out with miniaturist patterning and backgrounds ... More » »
Rachel Perry Welty, Friends & Family, video on DVD, 8 minutes, edition of 25 Not meaning to slight the various other wonderful work at Gallery Joe, I had to lead with the video! This has to be a first in the history of this jewel of a gallery that usually limits its shows to intense drawings. The video, by Rachel Perry Welty, is excellent and hilarious–I stood for all 8 minutes, not wanting to miss a word. But you know how it is when you get a message on a phone machine, and some of the words come through a ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Rob Matthews’s Knoxville Girl and Marilyn Holsing’s Young Marie at Gallery Joe. Below is the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr. And here’s Libby’s post on the show and our Look! episode.Gray’s AnatomyTwo shows explore moral ambiguity. Rob Matthews, Knoxville Girl, the Deposition, at Gallery Joe. Rob Matthews’ 14-drawing murder saga is a morality tale reminiscent of the pious lessons told via stained glass windows in the great cathedrals. His “The Knoxville Girl” suite of works is based loosely on real murders in Knoxville, Tenn., and on the Appalachian ballad “Knoxville ... More » »
One of Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandelier; picture courtesy the artist Sun, sand, warm weather and art. It’s a marriage made in magic-land, aka Miami, coming up later this week. And Philadelphia galleries will be there, as well as some Philly-connected artists showing work at other galleries. Here’s what we know about: Two Philly artists to look for at GenArt’s Vanguard Exhibition and Official Party during Art Basel are Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik. Here’s a picture of one of Wallacavage’s fabulous octopus chandeliers that will there. FYI, Fosik shows at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. artblog fave Judith Schaechter will show work ... More » »
Click To Play This episode from our ongoing series of gallery visits takes us to the Gallery Joe for the narrative works of Rob Matthews and Marilyn Holsing. Our video guru David Kessler captured it all and makes the magic happen. Here’s a link to David’s popular Shadow World videos. And here’s a link to the archive of all the Look! episodes.« Previous Page — Next Page »