A small temple in honor of the late Hector “Macho” Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer from San Juan who always stayed close to his community, has been erected at Napoleon gallery in Philadelphia. Their latest outing, A Cemi Waste of Macho Time: something for us to believe in is the first installation piece by Philadelphia artist Grimaldi Baez. Not being a fan of boxing, I didn’t know about Camacho until I saw this show. After watching a YouTube video of Camacho winning his first world title in 1983 and hearing the crowd chant Camacho’s name, it became clear to me that ... More » »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News Napoleon Gallery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are partnering for a fundraiser aimed at engaging artistically inclined young people. Forty artists have been invited to a charity art sale, with each artist contributing one piece of work; prices range from $40-$80, so it’s well within a thrifty budget. The proceeds are split fifty-fifty between the artists and Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA for a 2013 educational art event. The fundraiser began last night, with the sale continuing today and Sunday from 2-6 PM. Keep in mind that it ‘s cash-only! Fishtown’s status as a cultural haven ... More » »
News On Tuesday morning, Frank Rizzo’s statue at 15th and JFK got a richly symbolic – if short-lived – dressing-down by Ishknits aka Jessie Hemmons, Philadelphia’s resident yarnbomber. For approximately three minutes, Rizzo was clad in a hot pink bikini, causing much hilarity and consternation for passerby before security came out and removed it. Derive whatever political commentary you will from this, it got people’s attention, as a thong bikini on one of Philadelphia’s most polarizing politicians is wont to do. Hemmons has put a statement about the incident on her blog. In other street art news, Conrad Benner of Streets Dept raised ... More » »
Housed in the closet-sized space of Napoleon, “Pleased to Meet You” is an apropos name: The three artists, whose work occupies the room, provide a brief, concise introduction to their style and inspirations, just that, nothing more. The choice of pieces on display is a teaser, a carefully-selected sample of what defines each artist. Alexis Nutini, Christina P. Day and Matt Ziemke — three new members of the artist-run space — are all skilled at repurposing symbols, but each approaches his or her work with a different objective in mind. Christina P. Day’s work is the first point of contact ... More » »
Leslie Friedman’s ultra-Pop installation Tasty, at Napoleon, the micro gallery in the 319 N. 11th St. building, is fizzy with the delight of well-designed space and stealth content that improves with time. Friedman has hit a feminist note in her installation, in which three panels repeat a soda can’s thick emission dripping down to the open mouth of a conventionally beautiful woman. The pouring hand is manicured–the ladies are doing it to themselves. Friedman’s little exhibit is proof positive that UArts Curator Sid Sachs’ Seductive Subversion show of the year in 2010 came at the right time, when those ideas ... More » »
I took a little ramble around the galleries of 319 N. 11th St. last Saturday. It was quiet and I almost had the place to myself. Dualities at Grizzly Grizzly
Cate and I went to the Vox building the Saturday after First Friday (which is usually a great day to go — mostly, the audio-video-robo works will be functioning; and often artists are lurking who will talk with you about what they’re up to). We found a bunch of good stuff at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Napoleon and Vox Populi. TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID
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.