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Art and influence — Interchange at The Galleries at Moore

[Rachel visits a group show addressing the inescapable fact of art as collaboration and influence. -- the artblog editors] A bowl of coins labeled “Free Money”. A massive Connect Four board game. A book titled “Participation,” filled with blank white pages. These are only three of the works that comprise Interchange, an exhibition on view at The Galleries at Moore through August 23. Co-organized with members of Grizzly Grizzly and Practice in collaboration with Moore, Interchange stems from the premise that art is always an exchange of ideas. Including local, national, and international artists, the show brings together myriad objects ... More » »

Kirk McCarthy, detail of grouping on shelf

June in Chinatown – Great member shows at Vox, raucous New Dreamz at Space 1026 and more!

I saw a bunch of good things this June, including performance, video and a wonderful installation by Kirk McCarthy at TandM Gallery on the 4th floor of the Vox building. Here’s my brief overview. Libby and I were out First Friday but because things were running late, we were too, so we only saw two things –  the 5 into 1 show at Moore (very good – congratulations to all the graduates in the show, including artblog contributors, Lucy Heurich and Veronica Perez!) and the New Dreamz performance at Space 1026 (amazing, brave and funny, with moments of eye-rolling silliness). ... More » »

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Paper, thread, plotter — Laura Ledbetter and Dan Rushton’s visual conversation

[It's not often that a show comes together as compatibly as this one. Noreen explores why Paper, Thread, Plotter works so well. -- the artblog editors] Balancing a two-person show can be tricky—one artist’s work may overshadow the other’s, or an unintended dissonance may occur. The pairing of artists Dan Rushton and Laura Ledbetter at Grizzly Grizzly hurdles these challenges and lands with a satisfying harmony. Their exhibition is one part excellent curation—whoever paired these two paired well—and one part the works’ forced proximity in the narrow gallery. People, Places and Things feels like a conversation between two artists whose processes couldn’t be more different but ... More » »

Ralph Pugay's "Dogs Barking at Weapons," 2013, acrylic on canvas, at Vox Populi

First Friday of the New Year – Great stuff out there in the Vox building and at Space 1026

(Libby and I had a date with the B-roll team from WHYY’s Friday Arts on Jan. 3. Maybe you saw us at the Vox building or Space 1026. You say, What is B-roll? Well, it’s not sushi is my reply. ) Vox building Accompanied by Cate who was visiting from New York, and all mic’d up and ready for our video shoot,  we headed up the stairs at 319 N. 11th, with filmmaker/director Michael O’Reilly, audio engineer Charlie Kaier and cameraman Paul Parmalee in tow. First stop, the new TandM Space on the 4th floor. Blaise Tobia and Virginia Maksymowics, who ... More » »

“Making Eyes,” installation view. Found Styrofoam packaging, magazines, toilet paper wrappers, paper and paint.

Making one out of two – Meshing art practices of Ben Will and Sarah Eberle at Grizzly Grizzly

(Sam sees the Citywide exchange show at Grizzly Grizzly in which Sarah Eberle and Ben Will colaborate for the first time on an installation that looks as harmonious as a nicely planted garden. –the artblog editors.) The show Making Eyes begs the question: is the show’s title really intended as a lovey-dovey sentiment or is it a literal reference to the creation of new modes of visual perception? The exhibit by Rebekah Templeton gallery owners and artists Sarah Eberle and Ben Will, is an installation that is part of the Citywide Initiative of exchange shows in which many alternative gallery spaces like Grizzly Grizzly and Rebekah Templeton exchanged spaces ... More » »

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Catching Thread – Margo Wolowiec at Grizzly Grizzly

Post by Mellisa Robbins (Mellisa Robbins’ post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program.  Mellisa is one of two students in Terri Saulin’s Professional Practices class chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their posts published on artblog. We look forward to seeing more of Mellisa’s writing on artblog in the future.) Margo Wolowiec’s Catching Thread at Grizzly Grizzly is a testament to our throwaway culture of social media, and how we make sense of it all. Wolowiec’s woven pieces at first seem like densely layered abstracts, but upon closer inspection, ... More » »

Tom Lauerman, Three Quarter Quonset, wood from clementine crates

Cities without size, cities without color — Urban Environments at Grizzly Grizzly

City dwellers face unpredictable environments. Whether descending into subterranean tunnels or ascending into office towers; biking merrily along while inhaling large quantities of carbon monoxide or walking through the stench of human waste that wafts from Center City’s overtaxed sewage system, a day in the city is a moment-by-moment negotiation between the inanimate and animate, the accidental and intentional, the old and new. In a dialogue between the works of three artists all concerned with architecture and city spaces, Urban Environments at Grizzly Grizzly shows pieces that portray the artists’ subjective conceptions of the urban world. A collaboration between two artists ... More » »

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Invisible Cities – A studio visit with Colin Keefe to see his fine ink drawings

—>Sam visits the studio of Colin Keefe, maker of intricate, ink drawings based on cities and cellular forms. Keefe, whose works you can see this month at Grizzly Grizzly, also runs the occasional gallery, Mount Airy Contemporary, from a space behind his house. –the artblog editors——————-> Colin Keefe creates his art while standing, drawing with a Micron pen on paper hung flat on the wall of his studio. He occasionally rotates his drawings to concentrate on different areas, alternately approaching compositions from a horizontal, vertical or upside-down perspective. The roots of his finished works are sparsely detailed diagrams on standard ... More » »

Tyler Held's tour-de-force body cast sculpture, with carbon fiber armature and painted resin exterior

First Friday – Animations at Grizzly and Marginal, a cat walk at Practice, abstract art at Tiger and Tyler Held’s carbon fiber and resin universe at Space 1026

Vox Populi Gallery was closed, but the 319 N. 11th building was hopping First Friday, with all five of the second floor galleries open, and the shows are well worth the visit — although note that Grizzly, which was open First Friday for a one-night animation festival, is closed the rest of the month.  The balmy weather outside was reflected on the inside of the building, as usual, but at Practice, the We the Weeds project was serving cool cocktails flavored with local herbs, from their portable speakeasy in the gallery’s rear. They would tell you about the herbs and it ... More » »

Jason Varone, "It Isn't Always Going to Be This Great," mixed media installation, 8' x 12', 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

Not-So-Friendly Skies – Jason Varone at Grizzly Grizzly

Video installation has progressed greatly since the days of the chattering box in the darkened room. Jason Varone’s It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great seamlessly integrates moving and still images in ways that might not have been possible only a few years ago. Curated by Grizzly Grizzly member Michael Konrad, the installation cleverly combines painted textures, words and some rather disturbing footage of aerial bombardment. Varone has designed a diverse yet unified show Though it comprises very different elements, Varone’s installation is singular in its unity. A pair of large snake-like forms undulates floor to ceiling and wraps ... More » »

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