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Shanna Waddell - "Bob (Satan)," 2013, oil, spray paint and gift wrap on canvas. David Meyers - "Two Headed Cow Girl," 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas.

Eight young figurative artists in Philly at Fjord

[Irena sees promise in a show that approaches the tradition of figurative painting in new ways. — the artblog editors] Eight Young Figurative Artists Who Live in Philadelphia at Fjord, a Kensington gallery and artist collective, brings together some of the brightest young talents within the Philadelphia art community working in a figurative field. The primarily painting-based exhibit varies from portraiture to near-abstraction, with a highly modern flair. From Van Gogh’s unnatural color palettes to the realism of Thomas Eakins, figurative art generally offers an alternative to the abstract in different ways, while also spanning various art genres and time ... More » »

black paper sculpture on a pedestal.

Begin Where You Are at the Icebox – A great chunky Philadelphia roundup

[Roberta gets reminded of a previous show when she sees Begin Where You Are, a generous gift to the Philadelphia community. — the artblog editors] In 2002, Jeremiah Misfeldt curated an emerging artist show,  Greater Philadelphia, which happened at around the same time as MoMA-PS1’s inaugural Greater New York and was clearly a response — take that New York.  Jeremiah was then acting Exhibition Coordinator at Moore College of Art and Design, and the show was in both the Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore. Greater Philadelphia was excellent — big, rowdy, and unexpected. And it affirmed for me what I had been ... More » »

Shanna Waddell, Satan, 68x90" oil on canvas, 2013

Mixed doubles at Fjord – Dona Nelson, Kelly McRaven and Shanna Waddell

The impulse to paint runs strong and deep in the three artists on view at Fjord this month.  Dona Nelson, Tyler faculty and influential teacher for both McRaven and Waddell, is showing three works from the 1980s, which, if you know her abstract, process-fueled contemporary works, are a revelation.  These three  Nelson paintings provide figures, recognizable imagery and narrative to propel your mind along.  They are lushly and loosely painted and deal with something more metaphysical than just a real story or place or object. “Knotted Tree” (1981), a small work in black and white, is arguably more about the ... More » »


The Search for Dispravosláviye – Rob Matthews and Shanna Waddell tackle the idea of the cult at Tiger

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 » »

rob matthews horizonal

From the artblog vault – Rob Matthews’ podcast, his show with Shanna Waddell opens tonight at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

[Ed note: This podcast originally ran on artblog July 23, 2012. Rob Matthews is in a two person show with Shanna Waddell opening tonight, Jan 4, 2013, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid.] The art world’s interest in drawings came just at the right moment for Rob Matthews, an artist whose drawings merge humor and faith in puzzling scenarios often staged in his own home. Rob who grew up in the South, talked to us about self-combustion and animal sculptures on building facades–some of the things that have set his imagination afire. Human folly, Hitchcock movies and childhood adventures inflect his work, ... More » »


News post – Conversations with Andy, BlackStar Film Fest, goodbye to Joe Girandola, opportunities and more!

News This just in from Madelyn Roehrig, a friend of ours in Pittsburgh. Her project Conversations with Andy is being featured Monday on NPR’s Morning Edition!  The story, part of NPR’s summer road trip series, Dead Stop,  is airing Monday, Aug 6, Andy Warhol’s birthday. As a tribute to her subject, and to the other artistic spirits buried in the Green River Cemetery on Long Island, Madelyn plans on listening from Andy’s grave with some other folks while celebrating the artist’s birthday. Sad news: Part Time Studios becomes the latest Frankford Ave. staple of the last few years to close. Their final opening is ... More » »

Shanna Waddell in her studio

Studio visit with two Los Angelenos in Philly – Fabian Lopez and Shanna Waddell

Fabian Lopez got in touch recently about a show he curated at the old Nexus space at Crane Arts. Lopez is a recent Tyler MFA, and the 7-person exhibit includes his work and work by some friends of his. The show fills the space well — it’s mostly painting and works on paper but there is one sculptural installation. I met Lopez and his studio-mate, Shanna Waddell, who is also in the exhibit, and after looking at the show we went upstairs to their shared studio space (they are renting Susan Moore’s large studio – plenty of room for two) ... More » »