[Roberta gets reminded of a previous show when she sees Begin Where You Are, a generous gift to the Philadelphia community. — the artblog editors] In 2002, Jeremiah Misfeldt curated an emerging artist show, Greater Philadelphia, which happened at around the same time as MoMA-PS1’s inaugural Greater New York and was clearly a response — take that New York. Jeremiah was then acting Exhibition Coordinator at Moore College of Art and Design, and the show was in both the Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore. Greater Philadelphia was excellent — big, rowdy, and unexpected. And it affirmed for me what I had been ... More » »
While the works on show in the 2012 Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge 2 exhibition are both complex and stimulating, you’ll need to work a bit with them to get there. The three Philadelphia artists with work in this show, Tim Portlock, Bill Gerhard, and Micah Danges, all create visual works that place the artist in a non-traditional relationship with hiwork and use experimental means to create these pieces. Though rousing on an intellectual level, this exhibition will not necessarily attract any newcomers to the art world. It does, however, show the level of artistic experimentation that is alive and ... More » »
News In the media – 1. After sixteen years in the art world, pioneering internet art publication Artnet Magazine is ceasing its publishing operations due to financial problems; all three of the sites, and its editorial staffers (Walter Robinson, Rachel Corbett and Emily Nathan) are leaving. Roberta wrote the Philadelphia Story column for artnet from 2000-2005 and then occasionally after that. Find the full report here. 2. Locally, Annette Monnier of One Review a Month is writing for City Paper–a terrific reason to read it! Annette was our sponsorship coordinator for a while and contributed some wonderful criticism to the site. Find ... More » »
Grizzly Grizzly It was a night of one nighters and the piece de resistance was Mike Richison’s Simulsuck, a computer and vacuum-cleaner-propelled video and performance that screeched and hummed as the artist fiddled with his laptop and pulled valves and pushed buttons on the hybrid musical instrument made from vacuum cleaner parts. Richison, a Cranbrook grad (and classmate of Grizzly Jacque Liu), is a friendly sort who explained his multi-channel piece with the audio hooked up to the video and all triggered by the vacuum instrument.
At this moment when photos of Egyptian protests remind us all of the documentary power of photographs, along comes a show that reminds us that even reportage photographs can have a sort of truthiness. In the exhibit Off Camera at Fleisher/Ollman, self-invention and inner projections rule in the mostly small works by 17 artists.
Virgil Marti’s sculptures “Night Watch” and “Vesper” stand like sentinels at the entrance to the Philadelphia Photo Art Center with a kind of haunted-castle grandeur. The 6-foot, 80-pound slabs are shaped like ornate mirrors one might find in Snow White’s stepmom’s bedroom; instead of glass and foil, though, they’re made of rough plywood plated in chrome. They reflect a dull sheen from a nearby window, but no clear images—it’s a standoff between viewer and mirror in which Narcissus loses, and a perfect greeting to Wall Space, a great little show about image.
This week’s Weekly has my review of the current shows at Vox Populi. Below is the copy with some pictures. More images at flickr. Crazy Like a VoxFirst Friday has moved out of Old City. Old City is becoming a hard sell on First Fridays. Chinatown North galleries Vox Populi, Copy, Screening, Space 1026 and (coming soon) the Fabric Workshop and Museum constitute a critical mass of openings that are far more exciting than what’s on display in the old art neighborhood. Max Lawrence’s electronic installation (detail) from 2006 at Vox Populi. The coming together of Vox, Copy and Screening ... More » »
by Anita Allyn I don’t have time to write a real post, but I wanted to squeeze in a word about Minty at Vox. It’s the new members group show, that includes a returning member, M.Ho, as well as truly new members Anita Allyn, Leah Bailis, Micah Danges, Sarah Gamble, M. Ho, Roxana Perez-Mendez and Joseph Protheroe. All the work looked pretty snappy, but Anita Allyn’s video installation and mural were what I brought home with me in mind, a wall supergraphic of a sunset and road with a video inset where the sun would be. The video is a ... More » »