News An exciting presentation of works by British artist Tacita Dean is coming to the region this month, to continue throughout the spring. To start with, Arcadia University Art Gallery is hosting Dean’s film JG, inspired by Dean’s correspondence with British author J. G. Ballard. This work employs the same technique seen in FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and uses Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. The exhibition commences with a lecture by Dean, organized by Gallery Director Richard Torchia, in the Commons Great Room on February 7 at 6:30 PM. Additional events at Arcadia continue through April 21, including a lecture on ... More » »
I love taking photos–for better or for worse, usually for worse. But Philly Photo Day is an excuse to take pictures not to give information–my usual reason–but rather just to play. Here are some of the runners up from my day of photo-taking. As I went through the day, the photos get sparer and sparer. What I finally submitted for the exhibit, which is in its second year at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, is spare indeed. Here’s where I started. Not a good beginning.
This is a great community event. Everyone in Philadelphia can take a picture and submit it to be included in the Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s Philly Photo Day exhibit Nov. 10-26. Every photo is eligible, as long as it’s taken on the 28th within the city limits. Upload your photo to the special page at the PPAC website between Oct 28 and October 31st. Opening reception for the exhibit is November 10th, from 6-9pm at Crane Arts, Grey Area, 1400 N. American St. Every single picture will be printed and hung for exhibition. Reprints of all the images will be available ... More » »
News Norway in NYC Following our last news post about Milwaukee in New York, now you can catch a piece of Norway too! NORWAY NOW in NYC opens at .NO Gallery at 253 E. Houston on Sept. 7. The multimedia exhibit mirrors Oslo’s annual juried art exhibition Høstutstillingen. The New York show had almost 600 submissions, but the jurors Koan Jeff Baysa and Omar Lopez-Chahoud narrowed it down to six artists. Opening reception is September 7 from 6 – 10 PM and the show runs until October 2.
It’s remarkable how much territory you can cover and art you can see in an afternoon, on foot, in Kensington. Here’s a sample of some offerings from my walk last Saturday afternoon. I started at Little Berlin, where Landscape Techne, the group show curated by LB member Kristen Neville, suggests that no matter how electronically-or technologically-sophisticated we are as a society, artists will always have a need to create landscape imagery of some sort.
The nice people at Philadelphia Photo Art Center organized this project. Take a picture of something in the city limits, submit it electronically (upload it at PPAC’s website, one picture per person) and they will print your picture out and include it in the exhibition opening at Crane Arts on Nov. 11. More information here on how to submit. The show could be the surprise hit of the season–a Philly portrait of the people, by the people and for the people.
Hundreds of shows open in Philadelphia this fall, far too many to include in this short roundup. Six shows caught my fancy, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Nowhere at Arcadia (Sept. 23-Nov. 7. arcadia.edu)