—>Our New Orleans correspondent tells us of a show of gritty works by Philadelphia artists on view now in her home town. We should note that another group of Philly artists showed work in NOLA recently at The Front, in an exchange show with Vox Populi (The Front artists show is installed in Philly this June).–the artblog editors——————>Philadelphia, a multimedia show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, offers diverse interpretations of the City of Brotherly Love. The five featured artists — all part of the West Collection — seem tied together by their connection to environment — gritty and post-industrial. ... 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 » »
Bambi Gallery, in Northern Liberties’ bustling Piazza, is currently focusing on a rather curious theme: the artistic and symbolic capabilities of everyday trash. Both Kim Alsbrooks and Andrés Alvarez have chosen to use discarded items as the canvas for their works. While these artists have different points to make, each gives the trash an active voice in their works’ statement.
The streets may have been deserted, But the few galleries that were opening for First Friday on the July 4th holiday weekend still had a surprising number of attendees, if not exactly major crowds. And since I began at Bambi at the Piazza, everything seemed quite celebratory.