The new Juvenile Justice Services Center in West Philadelphia was dedicated last month and I got a tour recently of the building from Dave Kyu of the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy. While the finishing touches were still being put on the facility (no residents or staffers had arrived at that point), the Percent for Art projects by Sarah McEneaney and Leroy Johnson are installed and look fine. McEneaney’s painting, Philadelphia City of Parks, 2012, is a birds’ eye view of Philadelphia’s vast array of parklands. The artist visited ten parks, all with her sidekick Trixie, and ... More » »
I enjoyed a tsunami of memories at the newly opened Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibit The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World. The memories were of work by so many of the artists represented in the show, work that had made me fall in love with art in the first place. The exhibit includes 200-plus works selected from nearly 500 works of art by women donated to PAFA by Philadelphia collector Linda Lee Alter in 2010. Alter collected the works with the express ambition of donating them to an institution to make women’s art more visible. PAFA’s ... More » »
NextFab Studio is a high-tech shop in West Philadelphia that enables architects, industrial designers, and artists to create prototypes or small runs of products. Its staff of twenty includes engineers, designers, electronics specialists, photographers, and others who are available for training and technical help. I met Shelley Spector there last week to see what she’s been doing during the past six months that she’s had a residency at NextFab through Breadboard, an organization at the University City Science Center that promotes community outreach around technology and manages the Esther Klein Gallery, among other projects. Any artist who makes ‘things’ ... More » »
News Jason Lazarus will take your unwanted photos Do you have photos that are too painful to keep around? If so, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus will take them. He’s collecting unwanted photos for an art installation. There’s no need to provide the background for the photos, and if you feel they are too private to be shown, the artist will display them face down. Lazarus can pick them up on Sunday February 5 from 10 AM – 7 PM. E-mail him at email@example.com or call 312-953-2885. Knapp Gallery closing Old City’s Knapp Gallery is closing up shop at the end of ... More » »
News In the Media Iain Ball‘s show Pangea: Rare Earth Sculptures at Extra Extra is featured in this month’s issue of Art Papers. Joe Girandola‘s duct tape paintings look great in a Stylelist.com article. Zoe Strauss‘s photo-billboards appear in an editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News that compares them favorably to the city’s many murals. Amber Dorko Stopper is named Craft Editor at InCultureParent Magazine.
Bay area figure painter Joan Brown hugs a fish. Hans Weingaertner, a German-born transplant to the US, shows his naked reflection in the mirror on which he crouches–but keeps his fish out of sight. Narcissus in the Studio, an exhibit of portraits and self-portraits at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is full of delights and surprises, fearlessly hung to show the many ways that portraits are about more than reproducing a face or even suggesting an identity, but that they can be about mortality; life with its woes and joys; and the mind. The exhibit of more than 100 works ... More » »
Artists Leroy Johnson and Sarah McEneaney have been selected for the most recent Philadelphia Percent for Art competition — this just announced by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The two artists — both longtime Philly folk with many accolades and awards — will create new paintings for the new Youth Study Center at 48th and Haverford (not yet built–previously the YSC was on the Parkway where the new Barnes will be). The art will be about Philadelphia and include Philadelphia scenes in it. The work is expected to be installed fall, 2011. Here’s what ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of My Dog Speaks. Below is my copy with some pictures. Through the years artists have devoted gallons of paint and tons of plaster, clay and metal to the depiction of animals — beloved cats and dogs and heroic wild beasts. If an animal-loving artist makes a self-portrait, chances are a beloved pet will appear in the work. “My Dog Speaks” at Seraphin Gallery is a 13-artist group hug of the beasts of the earth.
Post by Tim A. Campbell Sarah McEneaney, Studio, NM, 2008, egg tempera on linen, 48×58 inches The pairing of Sarah McEneaney and Ellen Harvey at Locks Gallery since early November is a serendipitous counter-point between very different artists who share some subjects between them. Both exhibitions explore interior space. They are notably different in conception and execution, and the motives behind representation are on different trajectories. This common ground between the shows provides a lucid window into contemporary painting. Personalized and intoxicating, McEneaney’s work is a reflection upon studios, fantasies, and private life both revealed and invented. Many paintings depict ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Sarah McEneaney’s exhibit at Locks Gallery. Below is the copy with some pictures and a few additional words. More photos at flickr. Sarah McEneaneyNight, 2008egg tempera on linen48×48″ In her first solo show in Philadelphia since her 2004 Institute of Contemporary Art retrospective, Sarah McEneaney creates a world that is brighter, more manic and far more whimsical than the world most of us live in—and for that it is absolutely loveable. Now on view at Locks Gallery, the accoladed local artist’s autobiographical works are not a “true” or documentary picture of her life. ... More » »Next Page »