Despite all the technical know-how that goes into producing this work, there is something distinctly painterly about Portlock’s approach to image-making. and his futuristic landscapes owe a great deal to the golden age of American landscape painting in the nineteenth century. What separates Portlock’s work from the Hudson River School’s optimism is the artist’s pragmatic engagement with the difficult issues facing many American cities in the 21st century, such as the growing socioeconomic divide between rich and poor, the housing crisis, and environmental degradation. He presents a vision of Philadelphia that is terrifyingly realistic, for depending on where you live, litter-filled streets and boarded-up buildings are all too familiar. As a new resident, I still see the scars of poverty and gentrification that crisscross the city, but exposure and familiarity can blunt the impact of painful reality. Bringing together historical references, contemporary issues, and digital technology, he helps us to see our city with new eyes.Read More
The first Live Review Panel convened by Artblog and The St. Claire (in partnership with The Print Center) assembled smart, articulate panelists, excellent music makers, and an audience of passionate artists and art lovers. What a great night! The panel talk was audio recorded and will be available in the future. Until then, here are my notes from the evening.Read More
Tim Portlock, an Artblog favorite, is MLAC’s first Digital Artist in Residence, and on Oct. 24, 5 to 9 pm, Portlock will “light up the night with a presentation of site-specific work,” according to the Center (I think that may mean outdoor video projections). Other activities that night include music, food trucks, art-making, digital demos, and more.Read More
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