It was an unusually fertile September First Friday with shows that interested me all over the place. Sadly, you can only do what you can do, and this is what I did and saw. All venues will be open on Saturday and some are open on Sundays. Check the websites for more info and get out there this weekend. Eve Sussman and Simon Lee at Locks Gallery Sussman and Lee sometimes collaborate, and the husband and wife team had a number of collaborative videos they had made in Central Asia. One I loved in particular, which was not in Central ... More » »
Moore College of Art & Design has their front window space graced by the small but bold show All Together Now. Although the entire section displaying work is a three-walled area probably no more than 30 feet wide, there are an astonishing 17 artists with work to view. Some pieces are collaborations, but the sheer variety of content in and cohesiveness of the exhibition is certainly noteworthy. As a centerpiece for the show, there is a monitor playing the second episode of “Aloof Hills,” the dark and surreal comedy animation by Kara Crombie. This series follows a cast of characters ... More » »
The two biggest surprises of the 2012 end-of-year student exhibits–lots of great painting, and an outstanding PAFA show. Although some great installations made us stand up and salute, there were fewer than in years past. We didn’t see much photography; we didn’t see a lot of impressive video. Here’s a sampling of work we saw that we’re excited about. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts At PAFA we saw painting that renews and reinvents the medium. Aaron M. Fowler mixes fabulous texture, materials and mellow colors to capture crowd scenes from contemporary African American life. These paintings were our absolute ... More » »
This 3-minute episode from our April 14 Art Safari takes us to Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge St. for an encounter with Nick Lenker‘s The Apocalypse of Now. Lenker lived in the gallery for 3 days last weekend, enacting a rite of passage as he transitions from MFA student at Tyler School of Art to graduation and the great beyond. Accompanying us on this tour are a group of intrepid souls including a couple of artists, two art collectors and three psychotherapists! And stay tuned for two more episodes from the April 14 Safari, which will run here later in the ... More » »
Nick Lenker transforms himself into a sacrificial druid at Pageant Gallery. In his exhibit The Destruction and Creation of Man, he stirs up a voodoo brew of digital and handmade, ceramic and video, fire and vomit and water. The mix might give the witches of Macbeth a case of envy.
Several shows this month in NoLibs above Spring Garden step outside the norms of a medium, bringing new life to photos, prints and clay. At PPAC through May 15, .matrix includes work by artists interested in “pushing the limits of the printed image and how it is created, used and disseminated.” This isn’t your grandmother’s printmaking. Much of it purposefully challenges our perception of the single matrix, or surface onto which one unique print is impressed.
This post continues the tale of our NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) shuttle bus tour on Mar. 31 of ceramics exhibits in the Fishtown/Northern Liberties parts of town. Little Berlin “Scene,” an international show organized by Jennifer Woodin at Little Berlin is spare and a little chilly. The grid of ceramic knots held up by wire by Henny Linn Kjellberg (of Sweden) reminded us of how many other grids we had seen that day — at Tyler, up on Amber St. and elsewhere. Grids are great, but we had trouble conversing with the ceramic knots in the ... More » »
We talk too much. So when we go out looking at art, we end up talking to everyone we see, which means we see less than we ought to. Imagine therefore how we jumped at the chance to take a bus ride and see lots of the NCECA clay shows on an enforced schedule. Otherwise we would never get around to them, given our propensity to stop and chat and the shows’ short duration. The Northern Liberties/Fishtown tour Wednesday was just the ticket. Our tour leader, Casey Porter, is part of the Claymobile posse. He was amazing–energetic, resourceful, and gracious. ... More » »
Nick Lenker, The text from his piece Always Remember Your Place. I wondered about the source of the text on Nick Lenker’s urns (see my previous post on the show at Fleisher/Ollman). I even tried to Google it, in case the source was out there somewhere. Not that I really believe that. After all, the text is pretty much a perfect fit to the imagery, with suggestions of enslavement and powerlessness. Nick Lenker, the text from his piece Sacrifices Will be Made So I emailed Nick to get the scoop, and here’s some of his answer: The text is all ... More » »
Nicholas Lenker, Sacrifices Will Be Made, 2008. clay, glaze, enamel, wood, metal. 16x8x8 inches “You Open so Late, You Close so Early” is Amy Adams first outing with the Fleisher/Ollman winter invitational, and although she is only one part of the curatorial team (see comment at end of post), there clearly is a difference. Previous shows were kind of like the show titles–daring you to figure out what the hell they meant, but invariably they showed you work you were really excited to see. In its place is a show that feels like it belongs in Fleisher/Ollman, for starters. For ... More » »Next Page »