Woodmere’s 72nd Annual Juried exhibition samples from the new Philadelphia art pie, the one that’s crunchy and conceptual with sweetness and bite. Jurors Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov picked a couple of noisy, extroverted pieces and many quiet contemplative works that make an excellent Ode to Joy for the current hot Philadelphia art scene. Frank Bramblett’s deadpan wallpapering of his daily task lists from the last 13 years, “Accomplishments,” is not only a the most unexpected work in the show, it’s a great conceptual project; a dynamite work on paper; and the best collision of the literal and the imaginative ... More » »
In The Search for Dispravosláviye at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Shanna Waddell and Rob Matthews are thinking about belief systems. Waddell’s works are focused on sixties’ counter culture and cult groups that exploited the cultural revolution. For Rob Matthews, it’s a questioning of dogmatic beliefs and skepticism toward certain religious practices. The show curated by TSA member Rubens Ghenov is on view until January 27. Shanna Waddell draws inspiration from sixties’ psychedelia. In her Medicine Cabinet Altarpiece series, she uses a jarring, fluorescent palette to represent the radical counter culture and its utopian promise. In the two works from the series ... More » »
July marks the third show for one of Frankford Avenue’s newest creative spaces: Fjord. Named after the tall, rocky crevices on the coasts around Scandinavia, the thin, three-story detached building seems aptly sized to fit snugly into its namesake. It also finds good company in the many DIY art spaces spotting the area aroundFrankford Avenue in Fishtown. The current exhibit, “Daphne,” is named in homage to curator Liam Holding’s grandmother, and some of the work in the show is quirkily created by Holding using her name – Daphne Gardner – as a sort of alter ego. These artworks created falsely ... More » »
Post by Chip Schwartz Rubens Ghenov’s show at Artspace Liberti on 2424 York Street is a series of snapshots without a camera. Everything in the gallery space in the show “ie: Brazilein Chaekkorias, rotted one note” seems to move in frames. The intermingled, painted images are stationary, but their relationships are jumbled and obfuscated. Along with Milton Jaula’s anxiously dynamic soundscape (listen here) resonating throughout the space, this show is intriguing because it is so challenging.
A drawing by Matt Fisher in The Drawing Narrative, the exhibit now up at Jenny Jaskey Gallery; photo taken by Robert Fallon In the middle of artist Matt Fisher‘s talk last week, I thought, gee, this is interesting. So I pulled out a pad and started taking notes. Matt was speaking at Untitled, Jenny Jaskey Gallery‘s brand new forum on contemporary art that she hopes will help “people to appreciate (and buy!) contemporary art (and works made locally!),” Jaskey wrote us in an email. This first event, organized around her current exhibit The Drawing Narrative, featured talks by Fisher, Pennsylvania ... More » »