It’s not surprising that Kate Javens chooses animals to represent humans. With their rich, symbolic meaning, animals allow Javens to convey qualities other than physical appearance. Javens’ series of animal portraits, Euphoria, is a memorial to Harlem community organizer Reverend Linnette C. Williamson, who is portrayed by elephants in five of the show’s nine works. In “Euphoria, For the Rev, No. 1″ and its mirror image “No.2“, painted in a cooler palette, an elephant is depicted with its mouth open and trunk flung in the air, expelling noise. As a preacher and vocal advocate for her Harlem community, the image ... More » »
Philly rocking the ICA!!! Megawords, the multi-tasking publishers and producers of hard-to-pigeonhole culture, is up to something, although we’re not sure what, as they hang out at the ICA in a show called One is the loneliest number. We know they are thinking about collaboration and that their presence at the ICA includes installation, performances, poetry, theory, video and other programming the Megawordsters have invited. Included in the posse of performers are video (and marriage) collaborators Nadia Hironaka and Matt Suib, also Philly people. The show is April 21 through August 7.
We ran around First Friday, stopping at Schmidt-Dean, Bridgette Mayer and Jolie Laide. The evening was lovely, the openings packed and we even saw some red dots on a price list–always a good sign of the city’s art health.
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
Schmidt Dean is using the slow summer season to take a chance on some new artists. The exhibit, New Stuff. New People includes several new faces and some contemporary imagery. The imagery may be contemporary–i.e. not SD’s usual–but what remains consistent with SD’s usual practice is the beautiful craftsmanship and emphasis on aesthetics.
Installation detail of Kate Javens’ exhibit, Father Ram and Green Darner at SchmidtDean Gallery. The large Father Ram on the right is 66 x 106 inches, oil on linen. In paintings of powerful, ruminating rams, artist Kate Javens creates portraits of humans. Javens has long been a painter of man as beast and beast as man, and in her wonderful 11-painting exhibit, Father Ram and Green Darner, at SchmidtDean Gallery, she takes this work in a new direction. The identity between humans and the rams is clear, even if Javens hadn’t inserted a portrait of her father as a young ... More » »
Anne Seidman, untitled, water media on rag board mounted on wood, 14.75 x 12.25 inches Of all the things I ought to write about, I have to skip them for now to write about something else–something I really want to write about. Anne Seidman‘s exhibit, Touching, at Schmidt/Dean Gallery (until June 7) has already had an outpouring of words: She got a great review from Edie Newhall in the Inquirer when the exhibit opened. And the perfection of Sid Sachs’ amazing essay in the exhibit brochure, I can only aspire to. Then there’s the fact that Anne is a friend, ... More » »
Dennis Beach, Spin #1, acrylic on panel Dennis Beach continues to live up to his name–riding perfect waves of wood and color to create Op Art oms that vibrate with the universe, at Schmidt Dean. The exhibit of 12 pieces includes columns, tubes, and sunspots. At least that’s what they look like to me. Dennis Beach, Bump #1, Acrylic & Epoxy on Wood (the recesses are a deep blue-y purple that vibrates in much the way that the pure pigment spots in Anish Kapoor pieces do) There’s a funny tension here between Beach’s sense of control and my idea of ... More » »
One of Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandelier; picture courtesy the artist Sun, sand, warm weather and art. It’s a marriage made in magic-land, aka Miami, coming up later this week. And Philadelphia galleries will be there, as well as some Philly-connected artists showing work at other galleries. Here’s what we know about: Two Philly artists to look for at GenArt’s Vanguard Exhibition and Official Party during Art Basel are Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik. Here’s a picture of one of Wallacavage’s fabulous octopus chandeliers that will there. FYI, Fosik shows at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. artblog fave Judith Schaechter will show work ... More » »
Let’s start with Thursday: THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 Eileen Neff, at ICA and Locks Gallery Circle in the Rain, 2007 C-print mounted on aluminum 15 x 28 ½ inches Courtesy of the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia ICA118 S. 36th St. Philadelphia215.898.7108Opening reception — free and open to the public — Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-8 pm. We’re going to listen to Guest-Curator Christian Marclay‘s melody makers–a world class ensemble of noise makers at ICA. From local music sculptor Terry Adkins to Doug Aitken to Yoko Ono, the sonic show will make a boom! Upstairs, local photographer Eileen Neff who captures trees ... More » »Next Page »