Kay Healy is known for her “stuffed” wall works, printed environments that look a little like scenery for a play. There are chairs, tables, a refrigerator, a sink — printed and stuffed to look like soft, life-size relief sculptures. She recently installed what might have been the first floor of a house for her Fleisher Wind Challenge exhibition. We met Kay on Nov. 20 in her studio on Carpenter St. in South Philadelphia. In this clip from our interview she tells us about growing up in Staten Island, NY, and what happened to her one day in high school that ... More » »
Childhood games and the domestic environment set the tone in the Wind Fleisher Challenge 1. This is writ large in the work of Daniel Gerwin and Kay Healy. And, while ideas of home, family, comfort, and lack thereof and domestic activities don’t inhabit the works of Ashley Wicks, there is childhood lurking in Wicks’ animation based on paintings, which have the air of innocence about them. It’s a show that sparks memories as well as ideas about the state of contemporary art making, where ideas run the show, and work that feels impersonal is in fact deeply personal and privately-coded. Daniel ... More » »
It’s a different kind of silence than the refined quiet of an art gallery. Here at City Hall, the gentle ‘tap-tap’ of keyboards and the quiet shuffle of feet hurrying across carpeted floors reminds you, even as you take in Mark Stockton’s ludicrous charcoal portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Portlock’s hellish depiction of Philadelphia’s badlands, that you’re in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Though I felt at first inhibited, I then reminded myself that the display of work by the Philadelphia artists chosen for the West Collection exemplifies the OACCE’s mission of furthering the arts ... More » »
Docu-Commencement at Bryn Mawr College commemorates the 2011 graduation at the college and captures thoughts about students leaving a place of shelter for the world beyond. For the show, Brian Wallace, Bryn Mawr College Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifacts, commissioned four artists — James Johnson, Jennifer Levonian, Kay Healy and Gilbert Plantinga — to be in residence for 24 hours over the commencement weekend and to make work based on that residency. For the artists it was an opportunity to meet students and perhaps revisit their own college commencement experience. The resulting exhibit features the commissioned works by ... More » »
Kay Healy’s Starter Home began June 22 with two empty walls at Paradigm Gallery. The gallery doubles as studio space as Healy gets ready to have her work displayed at the Philadelphia International Airport. Throughout the month, visitors can stop in to Paradigm to see Healy’s progress or assist her by coming during Open Community Sewing Hours. In exchange for their labor, visitors learn the trapunto sewing technique that gives Healy’s stuffed creations dimensionality. Starter Home is composed of four life-size rooms that will be sewn together in a row and displayed behind glass at the airport. Each room is based ... More » »
The exhibit In Scale of real-world-scale works by 10 artists at The Print Center lends itself to exploring the charms and surprises of the ordinary, just by virtue of scale.