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forever wild (kill site record) — Douglas Irving Repetto at Marginal Utility

[Michael L. brings us a cadenced review of an intricate installation whose soaring strings may conceal a message for future generations. — the artblog editors] The heart of Douglas Irving Repetto’s installation at Marginal Utility, which is composed of seven elements of thick white cotton string that crawl through a series of hooks and mechanized spools, is the kill site, which represents the locus of an animal’s decomposition in a forest. At the kill site, like the return of animal matter to the earth (and beyond), random codes of color are imprinted upon the strings as they pass through the ... More » »


Temporary Autonomous Aggro Zone at Marginal Utility

[Lauren explores an exhibition documenting the joyful anarchy of skate culture through photography and film. — the artblog editors] Combine the pirate-utopian ideals of anarchist writer and poet Hakim Bey, the aesthetic of 1980s Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, and a pinch of collaboration, and you have the works of Phil Jackson, Rick Charnoski, and Coan Buddy Nichols. Like illustrations for Bey’s 1991 essay Temporary Autonomous Zone, the photos and film on view at Marginal Utility convey the  uprising, self-governance, utopia and anarchy Bey advocates with the love and enthusiasm of an insider. Motion captured Photo by Phil Jackson. Marginal Utility created a labyrinth ... More » »

Marc Newson, Ford 021C Concept Car, 1999.  Check the snub nose and square lines - way ahead of its time!

February – Cold outside but hot inside, a belated First Friday photo post

First Friday started early for Libby and me with a trip to the Perelman Building at the PMA with Collab board president Vesna Todorovicz Sacks, who showed us the Collab 2013 Design Excellence Award show of Australian designer Marc Newson.  Not only is the work a delight — playful, colorful, sleek and clean, the design of the show itself is very cool.  Like an exploded 3D version of a model home, the show features a garage with a Ford Concept Car, a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and bath–a highly engaging little pad to dream yourself into. The Australian designer, ... More » »

Ralph Pugay's "Dogs Barking at Weapons," 2013, acrylic on canvas, at Vox Populi

First Friday of the New Year – Great stuff out there in the Vox building and at Space 1026

(Libby and I had a date with the B-roll team from WHYY’s Friday Arts on Jan. 3. Maybe you saw us at the Vox building or Space 1026. You say, What is B-roll? Well, it’s not sushi is my reply. ) Vox building Accompanied by Cate who was visiting from New York, and all mic’d up and ready for our video shoot,  we headed up the stairs at 319 N. 11th, with filmmaker/director Michael O’Reilly, audio engineer Charlie Kaier and cameraman Paul Parmalee in tow. First stop, the new TandM Space on the 4th floor. Blaise Tobia and Virginia Maksymowics, who ... More » »

Particpants gathered to paint tables and chairs.

Asian Arts Initiative transforms Pearl Street with a community block party

(Rachel visits a block party and finds inspiration in the community activities and spirit. –the artblog editors) Pearl Street resembles anything but its name. Dark, narrow, and lined with dumpsters and loading docks, it feels claustrophobic and uninviting. Most Philadelphians probably experience the street as a tiny artery in the neighborhood’s navigation system, a shortcut to and fro, or, for the community’s homeless, a potential space to sleep. Along the street’s four blocks stretching from 10th to Broad Streets in the North Chinatown neighborhood, are cultural organizations, tech offices, Catholic grade schools, and auto repair shops. Luxury apartments are moving in. ... More » »

Tyler Held's tour-de-force body cast sculpture, with carbon fiber armature and painted resin exterior

First Friday – Animations at Grizzly and Marginal, a cat walk at Practice, abstract art at Tiger and Tyler Held’s carbon fiber and resin universe at Space 1026

Vox Populi Gallery was closed, but the 319 N. 11th building was hopping First Friday, with all five of the second floor galleries open, and the shows are well worth the visit — although note that Grizzly, which was open First Friday for a one-night animation festival, is closed the rest of the month.  The balmy weather outside was reflected on the inside of the building, as usual, but at Practice, the We the Weeds project was serving cool cocktails flavored with local herbs, from their portable speakeasy in the gallery’s rear. They would tell you about the herbs and it ... More » »

Lorem Ipsum, part 2, detail view

Digital Colors Concealing the Bleakness Within: Victoria Fu at Marginal Utility and UArts

Victoria Fu has a developing ability to make blandness visually entrancing.  Clearly, she’s an artist who can take the “filler” that most of us block out every day and make it her subject matter.  Fu had two shows in Philadelphia this month – Lorem Ipsum, a premiere of new work at Marginal Utility (through May 26) and Time in Three Parts at the University of the Arts (now closed). Lorem Ipsum submerses you into pure, beautiful environments, gently controlled by the geometric interruption of digital editing. But there’s a darker, thematic bleakness at the center of this and other works by ... More » »

Our Art Safari group before take off

artblog’s Art Safari March 1 with John Gatti’s Art Now class – a picture post!

We sallied forth with around a dozen Safari-ites from John Gatti’s Art Now! class at the Barnes Foundation, and saw the art in the Vox Populi building and in Space 1026, with a stop for refreshments at Trestle Inn, where the go go dancers inspired everyone to sing along and wriggle/dance in their seats.  Below are some pictures – with more at Libby’s flickr and Roberta’s flickr.  Come on Safari with us!  Email libbyandroberta@gmail.com.  

Gahee Park, Untitled 5, hiding man

Decomposition at Marginal Utility – Gahee Park’s Back to Nature

“Oh crap,” I thought as I walked into the exhibition space. Immediately confronted with a painted image of fly-ridden feces, my first impression of Gahee Park’s show was harsh and uncomfortable. The show plays with the idea of a primitive modernism and as it is displayed, resembles the kind of Neolithic diorama that you would find in a very bizarre natural history museum. Entitled “Back to Nature,” Park’s work focuses on the decomposition and degradation of humankind. Both the press release and the banner for the show presented an image depicting an apocalyptic scene of ruin: crushed bricks, battered cement ... More » »

Front room.

The Mechanical Nest of an Unknown Creature – Douglas Irving Repetto’s Forever Wild (Nest Machine) at Marginal Utility

Marginal Utility gallery has been taken over by a strange machine. Forever Wild (Nest Machine), by Douglas Irving Repetto, is a slow-moving contraption of conveyor belts which could resemble a Rube Goldberg Machine, a catch-all name for any device that elaborately performs a simple action. Forever Wild’s purpose is to create art, in a naturalistic and random fashion, where the process is as much a part of the piece’s meaning as its final product. “Forever Wild (Nest Machine) is the first in a series of speculative machines that generate artifacts no longer produced by natural processes,” Repetto writes in his statement ... More » »

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