Entering Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s current show is like going into the parlor of some half-cracked, old art collector. The mixed-media works on display in On Loan, which was curated by TSA member Nora Salzman, have been arranged into a harmonious concord that’s almost as interesting from a curatorial perspective as the works are themselves. The domestic theme common in the works — like the stack of mens’ undershirts, wallpaper on one wall, rocking chair, porcelain dishware, and decorative figurines – adds to the living room feel. But the homely exterior is undermined by pervasive elements of decay or decomposition that ... More » »
This breezy, 2.50 minute-episode, the third from our first official Art Safari on March 2, takes us to the Vox building, 319 N. 11th St., where we have a chat with Jaime Alvarez at Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Kate Stewart at Vox Populi. Barnes Foundation educator John Gatti’s Art Now students were with us, and in this episode Barnes student Martha Harris sums up her experience of Alvarez’s photos — great stuff! To watch all the safari videos go to the art safaris page of the blog. Or watch the video at our YouTube channel. This episode is recorded and ... More » »
In lieu of brush strokes by the thousands, organisms by the thousands form the contours of the natural world in Mia Rosenthal’s American Landscapes, her first solo outing with Gallery Joe. In the show, which consists primarily of reinterpreted 19th-century paintings from the Hudson River School, Rosenthal converts the pastoral landscapes into images built on whimsical line drawings of units of individual species of flora and fauna. Divided by phylum and kingdom into taxonomic constellations, the organisms are drawn alongside their colloquial names — southern flying squirrel, river otter, duckweed, red fox, southern bog, box turtle – and depicted in ... More » »
I took a little ramble around the galleries of 319 N. 11th St. last Saturday. It was quiet and I almost had the place to myself. Dualities at Grizzly Grizzly
News (Inaccurate information has been removed from this post). ICA appoints new curator The Institute of Contemporary Art has appointed Anthony Elms as a new Associate Curator. Elms has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He replaces Jenelle Porter who has taken a position at ICA Boston.
The first thing I saw before going into the Vox building last Friday was a rainbow. Well, a reference to a rainbow anyway. And like those real emanations of light and color after a hard rain, the wheat-paste poster cheered me up and made me laugh. A toss off, perhaps — a smart, on the money parody of the city’s tourism marketing posters — it set the bar high for my very, very brief visit inside.
Cate and I went to the Vox building the Saturday after First Friday (which is usually a great day to go — mostly, the audio-video-robo works will be functioning; and often artists are lurking who will talk with you about what they’re up to). We found a bunch of good stuff at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Napoleon and Vox Populi. TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID
Grizzly Grizzly It was a night of one nighters and the piece de resistance was Mike Richison’s Simulsuck, a computer and vacuum-cleaner-propelled video and performance that screeched and hummed as the artist fiddled with his laptop and pulled valves and pushed buttons on the hybrid musical instrument made from vacuum cleaner parts. Richison, a Cranbrook grad (and classmate of Grizzly Jacque Liu), is a friendly sort who explained his multi-channel piece with the audio hooked up to the video and all triggered by the vacuum instrument.
By Julian Phillips Caroline Santa’s Coda is an invigorating look at the creative process. Santa’s work at first glance is an experimentation in form and color, but when the realization settles that all of the works are pieces that have had form removed from them, new dimensions are opened. These new dimensions seem to excite Santa, who sees Coda as a beginning.
Imagine the Rubell Collection or the Scholl Collection, two of Miami’s premier private museums, right here in Philadelphia. We just learned that The West Collection is actively searching for a big space for displaying some of the larger pieces in their fabulous and expanding collection of contemporary art. We bumped into the Director Lee Stoetzel at the Fairmount Park Art Association’s annual meeting, and he confirmed the organization’s interest in finding a space large enough to display some of the collection’s larger pieces. They’ve been looking in Northern Liberties he said. West is the Barnes of today, integrating its edgy ... More » »« Previous Page — Next Page »