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"Golf" (detail) © Tim Portlock 2012, at Main Line Art Center

Jed Williams Gallery expands, Main Line’s Digital Festival, Pope Up, Locks and Fjord websites, Ron Klein, Hiro Sakaguchi, The Dalai Lama and Meyer Family Opportunity!

[Today’s News features people, places and things you need to know, rounded up by Roberta. — the Artblog editors] NEWS So first there’s the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in late September, provoking the Zone of Papal Anxiety.  But a month later, in a quieter, less urban-apocalyptic way, comes the Dalai Lama, speaking publicly, and apparently with no extreme fuss on the part of the City Fathers and Mothers! Thank you Philadelphia Folklore Society for this news.  www.folkloreproject.org  Full information about His Holiness’s visit here: dalailamaphilly.org This in from Kimberly Neff of Jed Williams Gallery… Jed Williams Gallery is expanding it’s tiny 150 square foot gallery ... More » »


From the Digital Toolbox at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

[Here’s an in-depth look at a fascinating four-artist show delving into origins and variations of photography, memory, neural connections, and digital painting. This is the catalog essay of From the Digital Toolbox, curated by Andrea Kirsh. — the artblog editors] Now that cell phones and cameras allow everyone to generate digital images, it seems a good time to look at what artists are doing with digital technology. All four artists in From the Digital Toolbox trained as painters; yet each turned to digital tools, either adding them to studio equipment of brushes, paints, and drawing materials, or replacing traditional tools entirely. The artists were selected ... More » »

Tim Portlock, "Sunrise-the extended constructivists re-render."

Ruffneck Constructivists rumbles at the Institute of Contemporary Art

[Chip fills us in on a group show dealing with urban issues, curated by artist Kara Walker. — the artblog editors] When confronted with the idea of the urban landscape and its veritable overload of stimuli, it’s safe to say that there are as many interpretations of cities as there are individuals and intersections therein. Curator Kara Walker attempts to coalesce the impossibly complex concept of contemporary urban culture into an 11-artist exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which she calls Ruffneck Constructivists; the show is Walker’s retooling of Russian Constructivism focused on the front-line forces shaping our society–intentionally or otherwise–each ... More » »


Imaginary Reality at Main Line Art Center

[Kelly reviews Imaginary Reality, a show that combines the award-winning work of three artists whose imaginations greatly enrich their realism-based creations. — the artblog editors] Imaginary Reality at Main Line Art Center brings together three artists who use digital technology to deepen their work. Although the styles and media differ, all of the pieces in the show bring photography to mind. It may be that curator Amie Potsic’s background in photography is the thread that holds the show together. The artists–Nic Coviello, Jennie Thwing, and Tim Portlock–are being honored as recipients of the Betsy Meyer award, which comes with a ... More » »

Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – Slought sloughs its Foundation, Carl Marin rides the MTA, “Imaginary Reality” on the Main Line, opportunities and more!

News   Jennie Thwing, Nic Coviello and Tim Portlock are displaying the fruits of their recent Meyer Family awards at the Main Line Art Center’s Imaginary Reality this month.  Celebrating the creation of this new award (full name: the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art), the show opens April 1, and on the same day MLAC is open to applications for next year’s Meyer Family Award. Imaginary Reality not only caps off ten years for  Main Line Art Center’s Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition series, but it also coincides with the Center’s new Digital Media Programs. Theaster Gates has been invited to this year’s Culture Lab ... More » »

The West Collection container gallery at Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston.

Sponsored Post – West Collection shows work of 8 Philadelphia artists in mobile container gallery at Texas Contemporary Art Fair

The West Collection will feature eight Philadelphia artists in their mobile gallery project at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Oct 10-13 in Houston. Drew Leshko Mark Stockton Erin Riley Jacque Liu Dan Petraitis Chris Sembrot Alex Lukas Tim Portlock

Tokihiro Sato
AC#11 Koto-ku Aomi
38" x 48"
Type C print
courtesy the West Collection, Oaks, PA

Sponsored post – Urban Landscape at the Shipley School features West Collection artists

In this loaned exhibition from the West Collection, eight artists are working with ideas around the urban landscape: population growth, migrant workers coming into the cities, and human impact on nature. The artists find interest and irony in the impact man has on our landscape. Rob Carter constructs paper models and uses stop-action photography to construct videos that trace the historical impact of humans on the landscape from pre-industrial to post-human times. There is meticulous attention paid to mark making in the work of Alex Lukas, who uses gouache, ink, acrylic and watercolor to paint detailed large format images that ... More » »

Shaina Craft, “Experiment 168, 01/2013,” 42 x 42 in., pastel on paper

Pollution, broken infrastructure, broken bodies, religion – Pentimenti’s new show has global concerns

–>Sam walks us through a show of globally-relevant issues at Pentimenti in the gallery’s annual open call show.  Most of the artists haven’t shown in the gallery before.–the artblog editors—————> The problems of garbage and pollution are just some of the issues confronted by Philadelphia artists in Global Conscious, Local Artists, at Pentimenti Gallery in Old City. Trash talk Most people, myself included, operate some of the time on the belief that our garbage just disappears after it’s taken away by waste management trucks. But in fact, the total tonnage of human waste will grows infinitely until we figure out ... More » »

Tim Portlock, Landscape_w_frozen_development.tif, inkjet print

Obscure Innovations – Micah Danges, Tim Portlock and Bill Gerhard at Fleisher’s Wind Challenge 2

While the works on show in the 2012 Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge 2 exhibition are both complex and stimulating, you’ll need to work a bit with them to get there. The three Philadelphia artists with work in this show, Tim Portlock, Bill Gerhard, and Micah Danges, all create visual works that place the artist in a non-traditional relationship with hiwork and use experimental means to create these pieces. Though rousing on an intellectual level, this exhibition will not necessarily  attract any newcomers to the art world. It does, however, show the level of artistic experimentation that is alive and ... More » »

Joe Girandola, "I Drop Bombs...help is on the way," 2012. Duct tape on canvas.

West Collects at City Hall – a storied initiative comes to the heart of Philly

It’s a different kind of silence than the refined quiet of an art gallery. Here at City Hall, the gentle ‘tap-tap’ of keyboards and the quiet shuffle of feet hurrying across carpeted floors reminds you, even as you take in Mark Stockton’s ludicrous charcoal portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Portlock’s hellish depiction of Philadelphia’s badlands, that you’re in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Though I felt at first inhibited, I then reminded myself that the display of work by the Philadelphia artists chosen for the West Collection exemplifies the OACCE’s mission of furthering the arts ... More » »

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