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Building

Anne Canfield at Seraphin Gallery

[Irena gets up close and personal with a very detailed show of dreamy oil-on-panel works. — the artblog editors] When painting in the small-scale, it often takes an ounce of something extra to capture an art audience’s attention, even at the local level. Moore College graduate Anne Canfield manages to do just that in her solo exhibit at Seraphin Gallery. Canfield’s knack for creating imaginative, yet genuine pieces is a special find in the growing flurry of Philadelphia’s contemporary art scene, and places the painter on the who-to-watch list of promising Philadelphia artists. Exploring memory and awareness From deconstructed architectural ... More » »

Photograph

Jeffrey Stockbridge at Painted Bride

[Kitty finds truth and poignancy in a show revealing the lives of Philly residents past and present. — the artblog editors] Jeffrey Stockbridge thinks he’s a photographer. He very well may be, judging from his accolades here and in Europe since his B.S. in photography from Drexel University in 2005. But his true calling is as a cultural anthropologist, who uses his camera to document the detritus of society today and his heart to collect mementos left behind. Raw details Consider “Willie and Rose,” a large-format color photograph. Stockbridge captures Willie with a cigarette in hand sitting on the stoop ... More » »

Plan

Studio visit with Althea Baird

[Kelly can’t get her recent visit with Althea Baird off her mind, and finds herself interpreting Baird’s latest project from a different level. — the artblog editors] It turns out I was wrong about Althea Baird’s “Roof Residency”. When I walked into her studio during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours a few weekends ago, I found her work interesting in a way she didn’t intend. What stuck in my mind was something she said about looking at the sky. She mentioned that in the city, people tend to direct their gaze to about head height and down, never looking to the ... More » »

Photograph

Paul Strand, “Blind Woman” (1916)

[New artblog contributor Diana takes a close look at one of Paul Strand’s seminal photos, considering the photographer’s role in the dehumanization of his street-portrait subjects. — the artblog editors] If it weren’t for the hint of the half-closed eye and the shout of the sign emblazoned on her breast, you’d hardly get it. Her eyes dart to the left, as if her peripheral vision has picked up movement. For a second, you wonder what she’s looking at, then realize that your experience of trompe l’oeil is only one of the many ironies this iconic photograph poses. The question of ... More » »

Tim Eads, Five Red Drips, 54.5 x 36 x 37 inches, Steel, polyethylene & paint, 2013, image courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia.

Tim Eads at Pentimenti Gallery

[Jennifer enjoys Tim Eads’ current show at Pentimenti Gallery–a mix of seemingly effortless whimsy and serious engineering considerations. — the artblog editors] Through Dec. 15, Pentimenti Gallery is exhibiting recent sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Tim Eads. Here, Eads presents his current wall-hanging constructions, a freestanding work, and one large-scale installation in the gallery’s Project Room. Nineteen works in total evince Eads’ playful, process-based approach to making and his nuanced articulations with such diverse materials as LED lights, sheets of acrylic, fiberglass, steel, plastic tubing, industrial ink, and nylon cord. Bright colors and complex patterns The majority of works can be ... More » »

Greg Labold

Spores on tour — the work of Greg Labold

[Dre introduces us to a local artist who creates colorful, repeated pattern installations and garments; plays music in several bands; and seems overall like a pretty fungi. — the artblog editors] Walls covered with rainbow-colored spheres inspired by the seeding of mushroom spores, and a complementary array of costumed mannequins made in the artist’s likeness– this is what you can expect when visiting an installation by Philadelphia-based artist Greg Labold. Rolling with an idea Labold’s current body of work is based on a design inspired by the artist’s finding a mushroom, in which he uncovered deeper meaning and symbolism. With ... More » »

Henrique Oliveira by sculpture

Our ugly insides — Henrique Oliveira at Arthur Ross Gallery

[Natalia offers an insightful take on a larger-than-life sculptural installation inspired by humanity’s less admirable habits–and the health consequences we often face as a result. — the artblog editors] Currently on view at the Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania is a large-scale installation by contemporary Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. This monumental piece enacts a social critique of environmental destruction, human consumption, and societal decay, using bodily disease as a powerful metaphor. A broad critique of consumption The site-specific installation, titled Poliresidual Adenocalcinoma, consists of a single piece–a monstrous creation of twisted plywood and cardboard, covered with a ... More » »

Scultural assemblage detail

Dark vanities — Cheryl Harper at James Oliver Gallery

[Lauren reviews Cheryl Harper’s latest show, which includes references to politics, Dutch still lives, and the veritable garbage we sometimes eat. — the artblog editors] I was going to begin this by writing, “a safe word for Cheryl Harper’s work would be…” before I came to the conclusion that Harper’s work is anything but safe. Harper combines clever political innuendos and even cleverer comments on the futile state of our society and today’s generation. All of this cynicism and witty banter is rolled up into sculptures paying homage to the classically dark Dutch still lives of the 16th and 17th centuries ... More » »

Video still

Itinerant Belongings, a group show by Slought and UPenn

[Evan, who has been walking a lot lately, explores another group show set between spaces–one that’s meant to open our eyes to the many different meanings of “home” and place. — the artblog editors] Itinerant Belongings, the latest collaborative exhibition between Slought Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania, endeavors to explore the physical and immaterial natures of belonging and home through a mixture of photography, video, and drawn imagery. Highlighting the plight of homelessness and its evolution over the past few decades; the effect of a growing homeless population on our definition and delineation of public and private spaces; and ... More » »

Sculpture

City and monument — Lewis Colburn’s On This Site

[Noreen reflects on the nature and purpose of monuments, spurred by the below tongue-in-cheek take on history. — the artblog editors] Living in a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, it is not uncommon to pass monuments and markers on a daily basis. Emerging from the Broad Street subway line, I find myself in the shadow of City Hall’s Second Empire architecture. When I stop at Blick for art supplies, I step foot in what was once the studio of Thomas Eakins. Though historical sites like these appear throughout the city, they are passive, almost invisible moments in ... More » »

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