[Jennifer visits an exhibition of evocative sculptural work by artist and Swarthmore professor Syd Carpenter, whose inspiration came from traveling to African American-owned farms and gardens in the South. — the artblog editors] Syd Carpenter’s ceramic and steel sculptures describe literal and ideological aspects of historic, black-owned farms and gardens in the American south. Carpenter’s works, both freestanding and high-relief, are now on view in an exhibition entitled More Places of Our Own at the African American Museum in Philadelphia through August 17. The installation also includes a video of the people and places Carpenter visited during a driving tour of ... More » »
Seven people speak about artblog in our 7th, Decade-of-artblog video! Watch this short 2-minute and 23-second video to hear what Julian Phillips, Syd Carpenter, Hilary Jay, Gary Steuer, Dave Kyu, Edith Newhall and Nathaniel Popkin have to say. [Hey everyone, we had our first Decade-of-artblog party this weekend and it was great! We will have some photos to show you soon! Thanks to everybody who came to celebrate with us, and sign up for a ticket to one of our two remaining parties on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9. We’d love to see you there. Details at TicketLeap! –the editors]
News The dust and dollars of the election season have finally settled, with victory for President Obama and high hopes for the next four years. If you’re looking to read up on the implications of his win for the art world, take a look at some stats on his positions on the arts, courtesy of Art League. Relief for Hurricane Sandy’s victims continues, especially in the battered arts community of New York. Among the organizations that have intervened to provide assistance, PINTA, which honors Latin American art with an annual art fair, has converted this year’s Art Fair (November 15 to 18, ... More » »
Syd Carpenter’s ceramic sculptures are in many museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy and the Renwick in Washington, DC. Carpenter’s muscular and biomorphic forms pull together recognizable imagery — chains, fences, flowers, and a series of farms based on small family farms in the South. Considered together, her work is a loose narrative that suggests personal and black history. Syd, who is a Pew Fellow (1992) and Tyler MFA chairs the Studio Art Department of Swarthmore College. In our podcast, she talks about what fuels her art, and about her experience working with a community in ... More » »
News Right there at the forefront of crowd-sourced fundraising, Little Berlin is using Groupon to raise money for its next mission: benches for its Fair Grounds project. And not just any old benches – they’re seeking donations of $10 or more for $1000, going towards hand-crafting five benches with the help of local artists and designers. The campaign is up for seven days, from August 20-26 – so if you haven’t already donated, act fast! For more info and access to the Groupon page visit Little Berlin’s Tumblr. Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and winner of ... More » »
With so many exhibits all over the city first for printmaking and then ceramics, the question needs to be asked. How to recognize which well-crafted tree in the forest is the rare specimen worth the visit?
For clay drama and dumplings head over to Locks Gallery. The mix of work by Betty Woodman on the second floor and Jun Kaneko, Kathy Butterly and Jill Bonovitzon the third is a treat. The small cup-like forms of Butterly and Bonovitz work well together because of their similarity in scale and shape. Both are adorned with flourishes reminiscent of George Ohr.
This post continues the tale of our NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) shuttle bus tour on Mar. 31 of ceramics exhibits in the Fishtown/Northern Liberties parts of town. Little Berlin “Scene,” an international show organized by Jennifer Woodin at Little Berlin is spare and a little chilly. The grid of ceramic knots held up by wire by Henny Linn Kjellberg (of Sweden) reminded us of how many other grids we had seen that day — at Tyler, up on Amber St. and elsewhere. Grids are great, but we had trouble conversing with the ceramic knots in the ... More » »