[Peter delves into a show of raw, intentionally upsetting photography and videography, presented as a slideshow of increasingly dire transgressions. Please note that this post contains nudity. — the artblog editors] You don’t stumble upon Transgressions accidentally. The Papermill gallery in north Kensington, where the photo exhibition is shown, is not on anybody’s gallery crawl agenda. You have to find it, crossing rail tracks and navigating streets with more than their share of boarded-up buildings. You have to want to be there. Take a seat Are the subjects in photographer Ray Horsch’s opus of pornography of grotesquery likewise there voluntarily? Many ... More » »
[Roman documents a beautiful day at a Philadelphia street festival. — the artblog editors] On May 17, a bright, clear Saturday, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival took place–and there was no place better to be in the warmth of the early spring sun. Thousands of people came out and created a greater sense of community to make this a fun, favorite family-friendly festival and derby. It was so easy to spend hours walking through the festival’s crowds and vendors. There was plenty of ice cream, a variety of comfort foods from the grill (and not from the grill), and beverages ... More » »
For the past eight years, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) hosts an annual design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats known as the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. The unique event celebrates design and creativity and follows in the tradition of kinetic sculpture competitions taking place all over the world since 1969 when California artist Hobart Brown made some artistic improvements to his son’s tricycle. A kinetic sculpture is a human-powered vehicle (often made from welded together bike parts) that has an artistic theme. Sculpture teams often create costumes and characters that go along with their chosen theme. ... More » »
The essay accompanying Dematerialization, up now at Pterodactyl Gallery in Kensington, includes the observation that “many contemporary artists and art productions have aligned with minimalist Donald Judd’s 1965 declaration of ‘disinterest in doing [painting and sculpture] again.’” In the work on display in Dematerialization, curated by Jamie Png, this “disinterest” has extended to a negation of artistic intent, narrative, and in some cases even aesthetic appeal. Many pieces conceptually show art as providing an open-ended experience, rather than an intentional creation, while others question the essential presuppositions of the art world. This type of experimentation is a delicate tight-rope for artists ... More » »
The super hip 2100 block of Frankford Avenue was hopping on First Friday. With people spilling out onto the sidewalk, the biggest crowd was at Rocket Cat Café, on the corner of Frankford and East Norris. They were hosting ‘Give Pizza Chance:’ a pizza party at the opening of their pizza-themed art show. As someone who is allergic to pizza, I didn’t exactly go into this show with much hope of liking it, but its whimsy won me over.