Piper Brett’s art varies from exquisitely-crafted sculptural objects (like the painted-red metal bow that took up half a room in a show at Vox Populi a few years back) to work with appropriated pornography images and other found material. Her work is conceptual, and sometimes it can be difficult to confront the found pornography images in a public space like a gallery. Piper was a member of Vox Populi gallery for several years. We visited her studio on Aug. 2, 2013, to learn more about the artist and her work. Her solo show of new works, Soulmates, opened Sept. 12 ... More » »
Tim Eads’ exuberant Species of Spaces feels confined in Rebekah Templeton’s storefront gallery. I like this work. But I wonder how it would blossom in a larger space? I remember an Environment Paul Thek created years ago at Documenta, a room of sand dunes and art and peace and quiet breathing. Stuck in that stupid German city for a week I could instantly re-gain my composure in Thek’s room. Eads’ opening was also a performance which sadly I missed. In Eads’ space one acquires joy. It’s the contraptions. A piano wire strummed by a Jean Tinguely-machine is called Violin and ... More » »
The complex drawings adorning the walls of Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art in Fishtown have lives of their own. Without the artist’s hand as part of the equation, any of these heavily contrasted, black-and-white forms could easily be growing out of a patch of soil or spreading across the agar of a Petri dish. The fact that these creations are not multi-cellular organisms and are actually comprised of deliberate pencil or ink markings makes them all the more remarkable. Bearing the name Organon as a means for the process of investigation, the show examines synthetic, creative, and human processes that often ... More » »
Tyler Kline’s Celestial Subterrane at Rebekah Templeton moves the artist’s oeuvre both forward and backwards. With a focus on déclassé materials and the outer fringes of pop culture, Kline stays true to his roots as a street artist, skateboarder and observer of the spaces between people. But here, and this seems new, he is orchestrating a body of seemingly discrete objects, into a carnival-like theatrical installation with moving parts, motion-activated lights, and an ambiance reminiscent of a traveling Mr. Wizard’s Believe it or Not tent show. We had a conversation with Kline when we stopped in last Saturday with Andrea ... More » »
The virtual molten rock slips out from under my feet at that jewelbox of a gallery, Rebekah Templeton. I haven’t got a safe piece of ground to stand on there.
Ordnance, Timothy Belknapʼs solo show at Rebekah Templeton, is a humorous and fun explosion of colors, textures, and forms. in this comment on the dangers in the American dream, Belknap deploys a surrealist and almost cartoonish eye to mash up the everyday benign with a suggestion of real physical harm or deformity. Some of the unexpected occurrences in this strange world include plastic skeletons coming to life, a lawn mower squirting its engine into the air, and a display of succulent fancy cakes concocted out of multi-colored ﬁreworks.
In the small open-call show Spotlights at Rebekah Templeton, the nine artists in the exhibit do a great job of making fresh work from the old tactic of making silk purses out of sows ears.
Want to send a letter but don’t have the stamp? Jessica Gath wants to help you out with that. In fact, she’ll even type it for you.
We don’t have a community bulletin board page but maybe some day! Meanwhile, three worthy open calls came in via email recently and seem like good opportunities. Open call from Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art Juried contemporary art show, May 12-June 18, 2011 Juror – Jon Lutz, independent curator in New York. More about Luzt at his project site, the daily operation. Open to artists from Philadelphia or elsewhere. All applying artists will be considered for future solo exhibition opportunities. Entry Fee: $20
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.Next Page »