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Mixed media painting

David Lynch’s early work at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

[Irena enters the  dark, sometimes grotesque world of David Lynch's visual artworks, which explore themes of danger, family, and sickness, and which are inextricably tied to North Philly. -- the artblog editors] The area of North Central Philadelphia around the corner of 13th and Wood streets is desolate and grim, with a characteristic vagueness that accompanies post-industrial abandonment. This particular no-man’s land is known fondly to locals as the “Eraserhood”–and with good reason. Early work flavored by Philadelphia The Eraserhood’s namesake is David Lynch’s iconic 1977 body-horror film, “Eraserhead”. A reluctant father is faced with a bitter girlfriend and a ... More » »

Painting

#SelfieShow @ Yell Gallery

[Selfies meet with a lot of criticism for their inherently narcissistic bent. Lauren reviews a show that embraces that narcissism, and unearths the creativity that can sometimes lie beneath a selfie's shallow appearance. -- the artblog editors] The “selfie” goes back a lot further than we think (what do you think the Lascaux cave paintings were about, anyway?). In recent years, there has been a boom in the selfie–aided by smartphone cameras and Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. It is easier than ever to record what we are doing, where we’re doing it, and who we’re doing it with. The selfie ... More » »

Lasercut plywood

I me and mine — Khalil Chishtee straddles worlds at Twelve Gates Arts

[Work from Khalil Chishtee offers a taste of what it's like to be split between two worlds. Alex reviews the show, placing Chishtee's works in a global context. -- the artblog editors] In today’s globalized world, it is almost impossible to be shielded from international influence and relations. But when you are an immigrant–a representative of both your birth nation and your current home–your dual identity makes you a bridge over barriers and a spokesperson against misconception. This is very true of Brooklyn-based artist Khalil Chishtee, who was born in Pakistan and whose current work, on display at Twelve Gates ... More » »

figure sculpture

Room for the Whole Wide World at Vox Populi

[Evan views a group exhibition rooted in photography through the lens of photographic technique and process, finding connections between seemingly unrelated works. -- the artblog editors] Room for the Whole Wide World is an exercise in material and visual abstraction that uses photographic imagery and practice as its base, meandering between the flatness of an image and the dynamism of the world it represents. As I wandered the room at Vox Populi, I found it helpful to consider some of the basic and traditional elements of the photographic image and process–frame, line, texture, light, latency, exposure, and development, or less ... More » »

Painting

Unidentified Flying Objects, physical evidence and skepticism — Ben Furgal at Space 1026

[Michael is beamed up into a collection of work inspired by the Air Force's questionnaire on UFOs, where time seems to pass more slowly. -- the artblog editors] This month, Space 1026 transforms into a green-tinted, black-light paradise that is an X-Files-lover’s dream. Ben Furgal’s Describe the Phenomenon presents evidential collages and paintings whose titles come from the Air Force Form 117 questionnaire about Unidentified Flying Objects. “Remain calm and objective.” Furgal replaced the overhead lights with neon-green florescent lightbulbs that add an eerie glow–similar to something out of an alien-themed haunted house. These lights radiate off the futuristic black-light cell-towers, ... More » »

A couple in bed

Fringe Arts, Pig Iron, and PAFA unite for 99 Breakups

[Donald takes a romantic romp through a performance piece showing that breakups aren't the end of the world. -- the artblog editors] Have you ever needed a fresh outlook on the dreaded “breakup”? The Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups (a world premiere) at PAFA’s Landmark Building allows its viewers to laugh along with painful stories while shaping a collective unit that doesn’t ignore their own dark moments. 99 Breakups is an experimental and physically demanding piece of theater that keeps the audience tightly knit as they move throughout the Landmark Theater with a new view on the collapse of ... More » »

Mail truck

Museum on wheels — Erin Bernard’s Philadelphia Public History Truck

[Want to place Philly history in context? Get rolling with the Public History Truck. Noreen tells us about this new take on the food truck trend, fueled by neighborhood engagement. -- the artblog editors] This past August, I interviewed the curator of the city’s only vehicular museum — the Philadelphia Public History Truck, which recently won the Philly Geek Awards‘ “Best IRL Project of the Year” honor. Erin Bernard is the grad student who got it all started. Through our conversation, I learned that the project is much more than a museum on wheels. Instead, the truck has become a mobile ... More » »

Show poster

Till Birnam Wood… “watching” Shakespeare while blindfolded

[Alaina opens her mind and closes her eyes, reviewing a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth during which the audience is blindfolded. -- the artblog editors] Lunching with colleagues a few weeks ago, I said I’d be looking for a date for a new Fringe Festival adaptation of Macbeth that the audience would experience blindfolded, and there was a short but awkward silence up and down the table. “Well, I don’t want to see that,” someone exclaimed. An old boss of mine on the Philly theater scene, who shall here remain nameless, loves to call Shakespeare “cultural castor oil,” and I guess plenty ... More » »

Photograph of an astronaut

Experiment #39 with the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure

[Alaina takes us along on a performance piece adventure through Philly, where she encounters a doctor, an astronaut, a historical figure, and a clown, among other characters. -- the artblog editors] OK, I’m early, but I was just trying to follow directions. The materials for Experiment #39, from the New York City-based Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (IPA), which ran for two sold-out days on September 6 and 7 as part of this year’s Presented Philadelphia Fringe Festival, warned all comers to be 10 minutes early for their spot on this very unconventional outdoor walking performance, put on for just one ... More » »

"Bleeker and Charlton, NYC,"Anne Minich, graphite and colored pencil, 1978. Photo courtesy of the artist

Body of work — Anne Minich at Hooloon Art

[Kelly reviews subtle body portraits by artist Anne Minich, whose focus on the secret beauty of the human form has lasted more than three decades. -- the artblog editors] Don’t go see Then and Now at Hooloon Art with your grandma, or on a first date. See it with someone who isn’t afraid of a little nudity, because you’ll see a lot of exposed and shameless body parts. Anne Minich’s drawings expertly draw our attention to curves or shapes, as showcased in “Template” and “Thing,” and give us permission to scrutinize an object instead of a vulnerable human. Drawing out shapes and ... More » »

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