Pageant Soloveev is currently full of what appear to be a number of practical jokes – or artworks – by Preston Link for his show “Here’s to the Future and Afterparty.” The objects range from full-on audio/visual installations to slices of fake pizza, actual hamburgers and pipes. Whether puckish prankster or Duchampian artist (what is the difference, really?), Link provides a body of work that, if nothing else, provides a sense of humor as unapologetic as it is self-aware. The star of the show is undoubtedly “Afterparty”. This box is constructed like one of the white, covered pedestals seen housing ... More » »
Moore College of Art & Design has their front window space graced by the small but bold show All Together Now. Although the entire section displaying work is a three-walled area probably no more than 30 feet wide, there are an astonishing 17 artists with work to view. Some pieces are collaborations, but the sheer variety of content in and cohesiveness of the exhibition is certainly noteworthy. As a centerpiece for the show, there is a monitor playing the second episode of “Aloof Hills,” the dark and surreal comedy animation by Kara Crombie. This series follows a cast of characters ... More » »
By Dennis D’Alesandro Hive/Cave, a group show containing more than 35 artists at Pageant : Soloveev through July 17, sees Philadelphia as the breeding grounds for a disparate collection of insect-like hives where busy artists shack up and take shelter. Once settled in these spaces, they are able to simmer, grow, collect, and spit out their art like sugary vomit to nourish their neighbors and children.
It’s a blizzard out there — with shows dropping like snowflakes on the Philly art scene. Here’s some pictures and a few comments from our travels around town this past month. All these venues have serious monthly (or bi-monthly) programs and with First Friday around the corner it’s time to get out and see some more. Things We’ve Made Since September at Sweatshop
This is part 2 of a 2 part post. Part 1 is about the talk delivered by show juror Joao Ribas. Ribas’ choices for the Arcadia Works on Paper exhibit raise issues of sharing, reproducibility and loss of copyright control. They raise disturbing questions about the value of all art at a time when works on paper have never been more highly valued.
The prestigious Works on Paper show at Arcadia, which opened Wednesday, raises worthy questions about the value of art objects in the year 2009.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a real sucker for hijacking idioms. That is, moving into a certain idiom— like Airport Retail, Las Vegas, Ancient Persia, Higher Education— and adopting its forms and format for parody, analysis, or even as a straightforward medium. It was this weakness that first grabbed me when I found the flyer for the Breaking News show, now up at Little Berlin… So ripe, I thought, that whole idiom. Weather. Sports. Anchordesks. The inflections of Newsspeak. Tickertape… The whole business.