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Paintings

…the better to hold you with, my dear… Lisa Conn at Space 1026

[Lauren enthuses over a colorful multimedia show by Lisa Conn, who’s long parlayed her inventive ideas into children’s books and other illustrations. — the artblog editors] Space 1026 has a knack for narrative artwork, and the gallery most definitely taps into Philadelphia’s craze for narrative, street-inspired illustration with Lisa Conn’s new show, …the better to hold you with, my dear… Conn, who joins ArtStar Boutique, Paradigm Gallery, and J.O.G. (where she’s shown previously) in a celebration of stylized, friendly illustration, now presents wonderfully romantic notions of Einstein’s Spooky Theory–which is, in short, when particles are joined, then separated by a specific ... More » »

Sculpture

Between one reality and the next — Interface at Fjord Gallery

[Noreen shares a couple of evocative pieces at this current show, which explores the realm of user interface and how humans interact with digital processes and technology. — the artblog editors] In(between)ternet The Internet exists somewhere between the real and the theoretical: a new digital plane of existence. User interface (UI) allows a human being to become part of it. Now on view at Fjord Gallery, Interface presents a spectrum of art that reflects and considers the role of the technology user. The multimedia group show embraces the strange duality of the user interface, which allows both a sense of physicality ... More » »

Fiber work

Open Field at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

[Marvin visits an exhibit addressing an age-old conflict, commenting on the show’s stronger pieces and expressing disappointment with the theme. — the artblog editors] The unity and divide between man and nature is and has long been a prevailing theme of many artists and curators. Open Field at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) draws on the functions, failures, and artifices created between nature and culture to explore aspects of the great man/nature divide. The nine artists in the show, curated by artist, educator, and TSA member Andrea Gaydos Landau, work in various media, from painting to fibers to sculpture. Most of ... More » »

Detail of sculpture

Forays and Follies — Lauren Fensterstock at URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

[Michael is mesmerized by a monochromatic work in Lauren Fenterstock’s latest exhibition. He examines her use of black and found objects from the natural world, and asks himself whether the works’ message is getting through. — the artblog editors] Standing before Lauren Fensterstock’s magnificent installation “Colorless Field,” pictured below, I had two associations. First, I was reminded of a black-and-white bird’s-eye photograph of New York’s Central Park. Then I recalled something I learned years back: that if you take the most perfectly round ball bearing that human technology can manufacture and blow it up to the size of the Earth, ... More » »

Woman in car

Pivotal: Photography at James Oliver Gallery

[Noreen appreciates a different view of Americana offered by several contemporary photographers. The show is often colorful, and just as often vaguely unsettling. — the artblog editors] Unlike most downtown galleries, James Oliver Gallery gives an impression of home. Comfortable lounge chairs cluster in the middle of the viewing space, allowing ample standing and seating space. Like a private viewing parlor, the gallery allows an intimate, informal space for discussion. In stark contrast, the art of Pivotal abandons this sense of comfort and familiarity. Featuring the photography of three Philadelphia-based artists, Pivotal brings a disquieting and strange atmosphere to seemingly familiar subjects. Where ... More » »

Etching

Microetchings and a hodgepodge of scientific imagery — Mind Illuminated at the Mütter Museum

[Evan racks his brain for insight into a neuroscience-inspired show of works, finding himself a little lost in the neural network. — the artblog editors] The hodgepodge of scientific imagery, Eastern-influenced design, and ultra-sleek presentation that artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn presents in Mind Illuminated at the Mütter Museum can’t seem to decide what it wants to be–art, science, or spectacle. The product of an artist with an abundance of ideas about the human brain and art and the resources to see all of them through without restraint is jumbled. Intermittently, I found myself gripped by some of the more ... More » »

Installation view

The Photographic Self–Take One at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[New artblog contributor Tina Plokarz reviews a show installed not by chronology, but contrast and chromaticity. Take One is the first part of a two-part series at the PMA this summer. — the artblog editors] “Take one”–this phrase seems like an evocative command at the start of a photo show. The words, framed in a blank photo negative at the show’s entrance, immediately provoke a flood of pictures in my head and initiate a nearly overwhelming circulation of images. Provocative portraits Take One: Contemporary Photographs is the first of a two-part exposition of works from the PMA’s collection. The group exhibit presents ... More » »

Valency Genis' Moby Dick in Summer Reading List at Arch Enemy Arts.

Summer Reading List at Arch Enemy Arts

[Lauren reminisces about summer assignments and classic literature–the playful topic of this group show. Artists chose the media they preferred to bring their favorite books to life. — the artblog editors] Arch Enemy Arts, famous for representing illustrative, street-influenced artwork, has assigned a sentimental project to its artists. Summer Reading List invites 20 artists to recreate their favorite book in the medium of their choice, each piece a faint reminder of summers past–lying in thick, hot air with sticky Popsicle fingers turning the pages of our school-assigned summer reading. Arch Enemy presents us with an exhibition rich in character and ... More » »

Paul Durand-Ruel

Discovering the Impressionists — Paul Durand-Ruel and the “new painting”

[Natalia delves into Philadelphia’s hidden connection to European impressionists in an exhibition that celebrates the advent of the style when it was new, and includes groundbreaking works from collections worldwide. — the artblog editors] At the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer, Discovering the Impressionists attempts to distinguish itself from past blockbuster exhibitions by presenting gallerygoers with a portrait of a unique individual–the visionary Parisian art dealer and champion of the “new painting,” Paul Durand-Ruel. Described by his contemporaries as an “unrepentant risk-taker,” Durand-Ruel’s dedication to the artists of the Impressionist school ensured the international success of this avant-garde group. During ... More » »

Sculpture

Natural Impulses at Locks Gallery

[A.M. reviews a strong show of works linked by ties to scientific processes and the natural world. Though the show is over, its impact continues to move us! — the artblog editors] Natural Impulses was the poetic appellation for an exhibit of sculpture and paintings mounted at Locks Gallery this past May. Nature, science, culture, and craft were the underlying impetus behind the concept of the show, featuring works by Hilary Berseth, Nancy Graves, Maria Nepomuceno, and Alyson Shotz. Of significance were the different processes used to reconfigure or approximate natural forms. However, what resonated within the work on display was the ... More » »

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