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From "Raptor's Rapture" (2012). Image courtesy Allora & Calzadilla.

Allora & Calzadilla reframe human history at the PMA and Fabric Workshop

[Noreen takes us through her experience of a massive exhibition by noted duo in life and work, Allora & Calzadilla, which blurs the lines between visual art, music, and geologic history. — the artblog editors Now on view at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals blurs the boundaries between a wide array of media. Its works combine sculpture and sound work, installation and performance, and even thousand-year-old fossils. Initially overwhelmed by the enormity of the show, I came to understand it as a fractured and mysterious retelling of natural history. ... More » »

Sculpture

Sparkling Sirens — Stuart Netsky at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

[Jennifer decrypts the glittering layers of Stuart Netsky’s latest show, which includes homages to Marilyn Monroe and ’90s supermodels, as well as references to a wide range of art-historical precedents. — the artblog editors] A wall of eyes meets visitors the moment they walk into Stuart Netsky’s show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. These cropped images of eyes are appropriated from works of art such as a de Kooning woman or a Frida Kahlo painting, or else they are the eyes of Cary Grant and other screen stars. Netsky’s exhibition, Sirens, is about looking and the escapist fantasies made possible by classic films, ... More » »

Toilet paper and flowers

It’s Like Shit and Flowers — Alison Wong and John Charnota at Grizzly Grizzly

[Michael finds sophistication in a seemingly unlikely subject, enjoying the cohesiveness supplied by a new show centered on shit. — the artblog editors] “From shit comes flowers that over time return to shit and back again,” explain Alison Wong and John Charnota, the two artists behind It’s Like Shit and Flowers, on display at Grizzly Grizzly. The artist-couple transforms the gallery’s intimate space into an ironically clean ode to fecal matter adorned with a bouquet of dried flowers hung from a solitary column, with an aromatic scent that permeates the space. Good clean fun Although the space is dominated by references ... More » »

Bird sculptures

Animal Imagery at Snyderman-Works Galleries

[Lauren enjoys a loosely themed show that plays with the bonds between human and pet, predator and prey, and animal instinct and training. — the artblog editors] Our relationship with animals is a little strange–we keep some of them in our houses and love them as children, and then we eat others. We go to great lengths to preserve the lives of some, and then we do whatever it takes to get rid of their alternatives. Animal Imagery at Snyderman-Works features five artists and their individual interpretations of their relationships with the animal kingdom. There is a recurring, heavy use ... More » »

Painting

Local artist Marie Ulmer’s unseen art

[Here’s a Christmas present to local artist Marie Ulmer from one of her biggest fans–Roman B. Merry Christmas, Marie! — the artblog editors] “The universe is very large, and yet you find the smallest things like grains of sand and moonbeams round. It is so wonderful to know God put them there for us to find.” – Marie Ulmer Philadelphia and Kensington’s 97-year-old artist, Marie Ulmer, was first introduced to the larger art community in a brief article published by theartblog in 2008. It was soon thereafter that Marie had several exhibitions, including at the former Fishtown galleries, Bambi and Proximity, and ... More » »

Army soldier

Andrew Frost’s Northeast Kingdom at Gravy Studio & Gallery

[Evan reviews a very American series of photos, appreciating its honesty and beauty, and suggesting that perhaps the artist could have done more to make the subject matter accessible. — the artblog editors] Andrew Frost, a New Jersey-based photographer, has been revisiting his familial home in the great expanses of Vermont’s “Northeast Kingdom,” encapsulating its vast landscape and compact communities with sensitivity and a prodding tone of solitude. His ability to highlight the spaces in between–on a wall, in a grove of trees, or in a bedroom–is a poignant statement on the fragility and perseverance of community and the environment ... More » »

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 » »

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