News One of Philly’s newest cultural institutions (only minted in 2012) has a new figurehead: Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed native son Frank Sherlock as the City of Philadelphia’s new Poet Laureate! Succeeding Sonia Sanchez, Sherlock is the choice of Nutter and the Poet Laureate Governing Committee for all related events. There’s the Inauguration of the Mayor, spoken word and poetry events at City Hall, guest author events and poetry readings at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and mentoring a Youth Poet Laureate. Sherlock, a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, is a native Southwest Philadelphian and a ... More » »
News Two on technology – 1. President of RISD John Maeda, featured in a Q&A in Thinking In Practice, the online magazine, says some interesting things about artists and the future. “Technologies are raw forms of enablement; art and design take those technologies and bring commercial and cultural relevance to them. Whether those technologies are an oil-based pigment that dries glossy, or a tubular form of steel that bends easily, or a mechanical platform with 4 tires, or a TV screen that lets you change more than the broadcasting channel, artists and designers are the ones who see the potential in these materials ... More » »
Years after 1969′s Summer of Love, it’s the fall of power to the people. More than just looking, this season galleries, museums and alternative venues all over town want you to come in, hang out, eat, discuss, make, share, and generally become an active participant in what they’re doing. There’s no city-wide manifesto, and nobody organized this fall programming juggernaut. Call it the influence of online social networking or the influence of foundations eager to fund socially-engaged programming. For whatever reason, the Philly art world wants You!
Locks Gallery sponsors this episode. Jennie Thwing‘s whimsical stop-action animations have tickled our visual funnybone for years — at the same time that they’ve made us think about issues like the environment and our culture of waste. The artist and educator (she teaches at Rowan University in New Jersey) is also a member of Nexus, one of Philly’s oldest alternative membership spaces. Thwing, who was born in Alberta, Canada, tells us about her religious upbringing and about starting out as a painter but never being satisfied with her paintings. Her videos — elliptical narritives in which she and others perform ... More » »
Jennie Thwing‘s whimsical stop-action animations have tickled our visual funnybone for years — at the same time that they’ve made us think about issues like the environment and our culture of waste. The artist and educator (she teaches at Rowan University in New Jersey) is also a member of Nexus, one of Philly’s oldest alternative membership spaces. Thwing tells us about her religious upbringing and about her labor-intensive work. Listen to the entire episode next week. Here’s a sample clip. Jennie Thwing 48 seconds
It may be a recession year, but 2010 saw a whole lot of good art stuff happening in Philadelphia. Here’s our annual awards roundup! 6 best shows of 2010 that we saw: Mika Rottenberg @Mary Boone Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron’s The Honeymooners @Grizzly Grizzly Value City @Little Berlin Failure to Show @Extra Extra Philagrafika @Temple Gallery (especially for Heavy Industries) Bauhaus @MoMA
It’s remarkable how much territory you can cover and art you can see in an afternoon, on foot, in Kensington. Here’s a sample of some offerings from my walk last Saturday afternoon. I started at Little Berlin, where Landscape Techne, the group show curated by LB member Kristen Neville, suggests that no matter how electronically-or technologically-sophisticated we are as a society, artists will always have a need to create landscape imagery of some sort.
Well sometimes it is too late. Here are a couple of things I saw that I didn’t get up before they closed. But I really liked what I saw, so I had to share, anyway. Michael Coppage at Crane Michael Coppage, A Mature Pair, mixed media drawing on pegboard, a detail from Coppage’s installation 1) Michael Coppage’s show in the so-called Archive Space at the Crane Arts Building is the first I’ve seen in that awful alley that found a number of ways to rise above the constraints of space, the aggressive daylight streaming in through the window, and the ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Voxxoxo, Vox Populi’s third annual emerging artist show. Below is the copy with some additional pictures. More photos of the show at flickr. Hair ForceVox’s provocative art gets to your heart. Jennie Thwing. Mirror Ball, 2007. video In its third annual emerging artists roundup, Vox Populi continues to be ground zero for ambitious young artists trying out quirky voices. The juried 24-person show “Voxxoxo” is full of solid work, some of it great. Adam Parker Smith. Marvin Gaye Had Me Feeling Like Black was the Thing TO Be. fabric and paper. There are ... More » »
Here’s the copy for my Editor’s Choice piece in this week’s Weekly. I’ve added a few pictures below and there’s more at flickr. Jennie Thwing, video projection of her grandfather talking about his past. It’s moving and captivating with a soundtrack that stutters his phrases repeatedly and in time to an electronic dance beat. It’s a little haunted and haunting. Not only are the co-op’s new digs a wow—concrete floors, high ceilings, exposed beams, huge factory windows—but with the arrival of Nexus, the Second Street/American Street corridor has reached a critical mass of galleries to warrant a new event: Second ... More » »