[Chip journeys to the Arctic through a recent group exhibition, noting that the 26 artists of Due North have managed to capture the icy terrain’s mystery and appeal — the artblog editors] From the frosty expanses of the Arctic, as well as right here at home in Philadelphia, the ambitious Due North exhibition appropriately housed at the Crane Arts Icebox space calls on 13 local artists and 13 Icelandic artists for a collaboration of mystical proportions. In this extensive show curated by Marianne Bernstein, artists explore themes including storytelling, travel, nature and climate, humor, and the intersections of many different media. The ... More » »
News At least now there’s no ambiguity as to what they’re after – Temple Gallery is now Temple Contemporary! In keeping up with the times, they’ve re-focused on reacting to local, national and global issues in real time. A calendar of their free events, chosen by scholars, local high school students, and community leaders from across Philadelphia, can be seen here. Indy Hall’s recent renovations have brought not only improved quarters for its loyal coworkers, but a series of new works by Sean Martorana, one of Indy Hall’s resident artists. “The Essence of Life and Line,” curated by Martorana and fellow Indy Hall-ers Kara ... More » »
It may be a recession year, but 2010 saw a whole lot of good art stuff happening in Philadelphia. Here’s our annual awards roundup! 6 best shows of 2010 that we saw: Mika Rottenberg @Mary Boone Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron’s The Honeymooners @Grizzly Grizzly Value City @Little Berlin Failure to Show @Extra Extra Philagrafika @Temple Gallery (especially for Heavy Industries) Bauhaus @MoMA
Now you see em, now you don’t. The Philadelphia Underground video festival in the underground walkway surrounding Dilworth Plaza was great, and is now a thing of memory — and photo documentation. We were there at the opening last Saturday and have some pictures to share. It was a lovely cool evening, perfect counterpart for some of the odd underground films by a group of local artists.
DesignPhiladelphia (Oct. 7-17, designphiladelphia.com) arrives with about 150 exhibits, talks, panels and events sprinkled around town in a 10-day celebration of the sleek, the efficient and the sustainable— a festival marking the city’s status as a leader in design.
The big shock in Gallery Joe‘s current show is what has happened to the space. The usual Joe m.o. is to hang the work in calmest presentation possible, neatly arrayed around the small gallery’s spaces.
Curator and artist Marianne Bernstein last month created the Welcome House in LOVE Park, and tonight she brings you Shelter at the Painted Bride. (The m.o. is similar–invite some terrific artists to work within the constraints of a show while giving them considerable freedom to interpret those constraints.) A book of her photographs, Tatted, is scheduled for release in December. In the Spring, she did a performance for the First Person festival based Tatted. And for Gallery Joe she is curating an exhibit due to open in 2010.
This week’s Weekly has my first Friday roundup. Below is the copy with pictures. Big news this First Friday: A new gallery, Marginal Utility , is opening in the Vox building. The six-story former factory building already houses Vox Populi , Copy , AHN/VHS , Progressive Sharing , Jeffrey Stockbridge Fine Art and Tiger Strikes Asteroid . With the addition of Marginal Utility on the second floor, the alternative art scene truly has a new center of gravity.
The magic of worlds merging–homeless and well-heeled, city workers and city slickers, artists and would-be’s–suddenly has returned Love Park into a meeting place, under the spell of Marianne Bernstein’s Welcome House–a glass house or box framed in wood, set in the park not too far from the so-called Philadelphia Welcome Center.