Lindsay Chandler and A. J. Rombach moved to Philadelphia after graduating from art school (Lindsay, from RISD, and A.J. from Boston University). They didn’t know each other before moving here but became friends through their network of artist friends. The two artists helped co-found Fjord space on Frankford Ave. last Spring, with a mission to curate other people’s art into the space and not their own. They have studio space in the building’s second floor and the gallery spans the entire first floor. We spoke with them on Feb. 20, at Fjord, where the show on the walls was Wandering ... More » »
Fjord space on Frankford Ave. began less than a year ago and yet they are high on our radar for their innovative curated shows and programming. We spoke with two of the member gallery’s founders, Lindsay Chandler and A. J. Rombach on Feb 20, and heard about their current exhibit, Wandering Planar, curated by Rombach, and about the gallery’s aspirations. In this clip from our interview Rombach talks about the idea for her show and about the strangeness and wonder of being a painter in a studio. Rombach and Chandler are both artists. Listen to the full podcast episode next ... More » »
Optic Fiber is a restrained, elegant exhibition juxtaposing two very different approaches to working with textiles and objects. With Doug Witmer’s thoughtful organizing and light curatorial touch, the show at University City Arts League leaves adequate room for Fjord Gallery member Lindsay Chandler’s loud, knitted, and woven pieces to converse formally with Ana B. Hernandez’s blanched, fragile arrangements of natural and artificial things. It’s fun to try to unravel Chandler’s making process. Her largest displayed work, the rambunctious “Untitled” (2011), is a roughshod weaving on magenta-painted board, in which whole skeins of yarn have been shoved gleefully through a warp of ... More » »
Within spitting distance of the new Barnes Foundation on the Parkway the new CSA Gallery on Callowhill Street is displaying a range of mixed-media art works by eight young artistic voices responding to the Barnes’ infusion of artistic energy into Philadelphia. In Celebration of the Barnes ranges from pieces incorporating rust and woven fabric to geometric and organic paintings. Throughout, the exuberant, fresh patterns contrast with unruly splatters and strokes of color. The passionate brush strokes and rich colors in many pieces here feel like they spring from a tradition that follows in the footsteps of artists like Goya, Seurat, and ... More » »
News Gallery news – Dalet Gallery is partnering with Headlong Dance Theater for a special body performance installation, “Situations for Unlikely Bodies,” a work-in-progress by Sheila Zagar, Jaamil Kosoko and Caroline Stinger of Headlong. The performance is Sunday April 15 – drop in between 7:30pm and 9pm. Fjord Gallery, 2419 Frankford is a new-to-us Kensington contemporary gallery and studio space started by Lindsay Chandler and three other local artists. opens on the First Friday of May. We think this is a terrific tool for artists who lack access to live models! The Croquis Cafe, an online collection of artist’s models, provides one-, two- and ... More » »
Cafe Lift, a place with good food and coffee in the no-man’s-land two blocks west of the Vox building, also shows some art. Two recent shows there make me want to go back for more.