Tag Archive "philadelphia"

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 » »

Wooden sculpture installation view

Convergence — Jeremy Holmes challenges elemental forces at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

[Alexander discusses how a site-specific wood installation combines craftsmanship and artistic endeavor. -- the artblog editors] Confronted by installation art, a viewer is sometimes prevented from wandering through the work because it is neatly roped off or restricted by unspoken boundary lines. This is not the case with Jeremy Holmes’ Convergence, now on view at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. An environment of whimsy and calculated craftsmanship, the piece invites the public to meander through it. Spinning through space In an all-compassing, site-specific installation made especially for the gallery, massive ribbons of five types of North American hardwood snake through the space, grazing the ... More » »

Jen Brown, Ruins, at Yell Gallery. Image courtesy of the gallery website.

Fleeting moments made monumental in Jen Brown’s Ruins at Yell Gallery

[Joshua tells us about Jen Brown, a young artist whose work holds up a mirror to women and asks questions about the passage of time and relationships.  -- the artblog editors] In Yell Gallery’s most recent exhibition, Ruins, artist Jen Brown presents a darkly humorous view of life. Although her exhibition includes etchings, photographs, paintings, video art, and installation work, it is unified by a central commonality between sadness and beauty. Jen finds that life is full of beautiful, yet fragile experiences and her work reminds the viewer that nothing golden can stay. Her dark, moody disposition conveys a sense of nostalgia ... More » »

The Turnaround by Bradley Maule

The Turnaround by Bradley Maule at Gravy Studio & Gallery

[Michael follows a photographic journey across the U.S., diving into urban scenes and wild landscapes that speak to the artist's personal transformation. -- the artblog editors] In 2009, Bradley Maule left Philadelphia with his wife for a cross-country trip, photographing their journey westward and their return to Philadelphia. Upon completing their trip, Maule and his wife decided to move to Portland, Oregon. But that’s only half the story in this narrative photo essay about a trip, a move, and a marriage break-up. A vivid visual diary The Turnaround chronicles Maule’s 2009 trip through documentary-style photographs arranged salon-style on the wall ... More » »

Zip Line Tow Rope (detail)

Imperfect geometry — Gary Petersen’s zip line tow rope

[Noreen gets sucked into an energetic but unsettling work that speaks to color's undeniable links with emotion; she places it in context with other artists and movements. -- the artblog editors] Western painting in the past two centuries exhibits an on-and-off relationship with color; from the wild oranges and yellows of the Fauvists to the abandonment of color in World War-era Expressionism. However, the love of color returned with mid-20th-century painters–pioneers of movements such as Post-Painterly Abstraction, Hard-Edge, and Color Field Painting. zip line tow rope, a new exhibition by Gary Petersen at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, reveres and redefines this formative ... More » »

Spaid's enormous broken boardwalk. (Ecko, mixed media, 140" x 105" x 60")

RSVP 4 — a group show at LGTripp Gallery

[Lauren reviews a group show of artists all taking different approaches to abstraction. -- the artblog editors] LGTripp’s pristine white gallery is filled to the brim this summer (yet again) with explosive splashes of color from the work of 13 abstract artists hailing from the Philadelphia area. The gallery’s summer invitational showcases 12 artists new to the gallery and one artist, Raphael Fenton- Spaid, who has shown in the space before. Big impacts and subtle statements Raphael Fenton-Spaid’s “Ecko,” a multimedia sculptural piece, is overwhelming. Standing in front of “Ecko” creates a feeling in the viewer of their own mild ... More » »

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