[Alexander discusses how a site-specific wood installation combines craftsmanship and artistic endeavor. — the artblog editors] Confronted by installation art, a viewer is sometimes prevented from wandering through the work because it is neatly roped off or restricted by unspoken boundary lines. This is not the case with Jeremy Holmes’ Convergence, now on view at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. An environment of whimsy and calculated craftsmanship, the piece invites the public to meander through it. Spinning through space In an all-compassing, site-specific installation made especially for the gallery, massive ribbons of five types of North American hardwood snake through the space, grazing the ... More » »
(Jennifer visits an exhibit that raises issues of freedom, community, family and the future in China. But there are more universal echoes here as well.–the artblog editors) What a wonderful time to see contemporary Chinese art in Philadelphia! artblog‘s Rachel Heidenry recently wrote about the current show at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery which features graduates of the China Central Academy of Art. The Philadelphia Art Alliance is also hosting two acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists in their current exhibition, The Way of the Chopsticks. This site-specific installation by married couple and international art stars Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen effectively uses ... More » »
(Rachel visits Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery for a show of recent graduate of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.–the artblog editors) The Start of a Long Journey, on view at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, is great. The show’s name is brilliant – the concept underscores the burgeoning lives and potential trajectories of 24 young alumni from Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). With sixty pieces created in the past two years in a range of mediums, styles and artistic intentions, it’s a big diverse show. The show has wit and subtlety The project began five years ago in Beijing as ... More » »
Post by Jaclyn Seufert The works by Wangechi Mutu at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery inaugurate the gallery’s new space in the Urbn Center Annex with a bang. It’s a big show by an important international artist whose provocative works speak forcefully to issues of women’s empowerment and self-image. The show should propel discussions all over town. Gallery Director Dr. Joseph Gregory told me it has long been his wish to give the Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist a show at Drexel, and this foundational show at the new gallery, with its high ceilings and almost 5,000 square feet of space, was ... More » »
News Renowned graphic designer and UArts alum Craig Holden Feinberg is partnering with the Pearlstein Gallery for an exhibition on the social impact of design and imagery. The programming begins with Holden Feinberg’s two-day residency at Drexel University as a Rankin Scholar of the Graphic Design program. On May 14, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery begins an exhibition of Holden Feinberg’s work, displayed until Friday, June 8. The opening reception on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. features a panel discussion on raising awareness of local and global social issues, as well as displays of Holden Feinberg’s shocking, funny and forceful design work. ... More » »
Photographs of confident Chinese youth, subtly evoking powerful political and cultural statements, line the walls of Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery this month. O Zhang: The World is Yours/Ours showcases two impressive photography series by the New York based artist, O Zhang.
It’s a blizzard out there — with shows dropping like snowflakes on the Philly art scene. Here’s some pictures and a few comments from our travels around town this past month. All these venues have serious monthly (or bi-monthly) programs and with First Friday around the corner it’s time to get out and see some more. Things We’ve Made Since September at Sweatshop
Michael Grothusen, Life’s Joys, Life’s Disappointments, detail, at Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery. The two structures look like duplicates of one another but because they’re each hand-make they of course have their idiosyncracies and are not exactly alike. Michael Grothusen‘s welded metal structures Life’s Joys and Life’s Disappointments are as far from today’s anti-matter assemblage art as Gustave Eiffel‘s Tower was foreign to the streets around it when it debuted in 1889. Eiffel’s Tower , which took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to complete and is composed of 18,038 pieces fastened with 2,500,000 rivets is of course a completely different ... More » »