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Trestletown, North from Goldtex (2013);  36" x  48", egg tempera on wood. Courtesy of Locks Gallery.

LOOK! Contemporary art and social justice in Philadelphia at Saint Joseph’s University gallery

[Jennifer speaks with the curator of an exhibit focusing on social justice-related artwork here in Philadelphia, and gives an overview of the impactful works included in the show. -- the artblog editors] Social justice is a term that can be variously defined, especially in art. Art historian and curator Emily Hage offers intriguing ways to understand what this term means in the exhibition LOOK! Contemporary Art and Social Justice in Philadelphia, on view at St. Joseph’s University Gallery through March 28. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and photographs by four artists who are committed to social change, and whose work “comes from ... More » »

Susan Hagen, Olivia, 2009,  from the Teenager Project, Carved linden, woods, oils. 13x1x9 1/4". Image courtesy of Center for Art in Wood

One minute speed read – Susan Hagen’s tiny humans at the Center for Art in Wood

Susan Hagen‘s carved and painted wood sculpture portraits are big personalities in tiny packages. A little over a foot tall, the teenager Olivia, for example, seems a fully-realized young lady. Her smile and stance suggest she is comfortable in her body and friendly, in spite of being a teenager! Hagen, says in this video interview that she is inspired by 15th Century German wood carver Tilman Riemenschneider, whose quiet portrayals of saints and church patrons imply individuals with complex inner lives. Hagen captures a lot of the same naturalness and quietude in her works. Because she works in series or ... More » »

David Dempewolf's kitchen in the woods which blocks your view when you sit in the chair

In the woods with Red

You may think you know the Red Riding Hood story but do you really? Is Red really so innocent? And what about that wolf–is he so evil? Surely the story is not that black, white and red. We went to the woods at the Schuylkill Center with our buddy, the wonderful Jeanne Jaffe, to see how she is telling the tale–with the wolf and Red and some really big teeth–and a lot of ambiguity. Her piece is called “Red Riding Hood as a Crime Scene.”

Look! It’s Eastern State Penitentiary in our newest video

Click To Play Here we are visiting Susan Hagen’s new work at Eastern State Penitentiary. The pieces, in Cellblock 7 (which was the site of the Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller Pandemonium piece) are poignant miniature tableaus depicting scenes from prison life, each tableau isolated in an individual cell. The tableaus are carved in wood and then bleached white. We also stopped to see Linda Brenner’s ghost cats and Dayton Castleman’s escape routes. Not covered in the video but also good to see are works by William Cromar, Michael Grothusen, Judy Taylor and others. As always, the building itself ... More » »