Scott Pellnat’s massive, two-prong installation-invasion at University of the Arts and Stedman Gallery at Rutgers, Camden, is all essence of Back to the Future/mad scientist tinkering-with-a-purpose. If you could bottle the energy from “Ahab” at University of the Arts and from the room full of machine-creatures at Stedman, you’d have a product to compete with Red Bull. I met Pellnat at Stedman to see his new works (they are in the 2-person show, (re)collecting (re)constructing: Scott Pellnat and Allen C. Topolski, curated by Cyril Reade). And he explained that he had a studio — this was news! Over the last ... More » »
News Time to put on your beleaguered arts advocate hat: Last week, the U.S House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee gave the initial OK to a FY2014 budget that proposes $71 million worth of cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts. Essentially, this would eliminate nearly half of the program’s funding. Business as usual, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The suggested cuts are way out of proportion to other proposals for reducing spending across the board, and the NEA is campaigning hard for legislators to recognize the contributions of the arts to life in America. Americans ... More » »
News Two from University of the Arts - 1. Andy Heisey and Andy Walker have teamed up with UArts to build a very cool, sustainable and interactive project: the Renewed Urban Studio Tent (RUST) at the vacant lot at 313 S. Broad Street across from the Kimmel Center. They’re asking people to help build it with recyclable objects on August 1-3. The opening is Friday, August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, complete with food and music. Once that show’s over, the structure moves to the Mt. Airy Art Garage in November, supplemented with a curated show of work, a film on the building process, the ... More » »
News Do you enjoy the West Philly Rotunda‘s selection of great indie shows? Vote for it in Philly Magazine! It’s been nominated, along with four other locations, as one of Philly’s best indie music venues. Is Van Gogh pertinent to a contemporary artist? Hear three locals, Emily Brown, Hiro Sakaguchi and Zoe Strauss, talk about it April 27 at the PMA. The program, moderated by Van Gogh Up Close curator Joseph Rishel, is in conjunction with that blockbuster show at the museum. To purchase tickets ($10, $8 students and members – no admission ticket required), call 215-235-SHOW or visit the Museum’s website. ... More » »
The exhibit Young Country at UArts‘ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is as slippery as its title. Are we talking deep South? The Wild West? Our dreams as a baby nation only 225 years old? Either way, we are talking about something American in the bone, a kind of iconic ur-culture exaggerated by movies and stereotypes to they point that they have become our reality of the imagination.
Matthew Higgs was there! When it happened! It changed his life! “It” was Joy Division, the pioneering post-punk band. And the Brit, who is now director of White Columns, the influential alternative space in New York, says his experience as a 14-year-old, from following, hanging out with, and listening to Joy Division even before they were BIG, was LIFE-CHANGING for the working class lad who grew up in Manchester.
The best art opening party ever from our point of view was at UArts last Wednesday–a confluence of two shows, with people crossing Broad to get from one to the other. The big-ticket half of the party was at Rosenwald-Wolf for Young Country, a traveling exhibit organized by DCCA’s Maiza Hixson. It’s exuberant and national in its draw. The show launched in Louisville, and after its Philly run (it ends July 29) Young Country travels on (we forget where but will put that info in here when we get it).
Once in a while we teach. So that’s how we got involved in [re]Mix, a blink-of-the-eye show of work by UArts seniors at a new space in town–PhilaMOCA or Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.
Brazilian artist Tiago Carneiro da Cunha is working in a small studio at University of the Arts, near the end of a fall-semester artist’s residency. He is creating a new version of Mudman, one of his stock characters the appear and reappear in his work. This version, a clay figure, is about 2 feet tall, about double a previous version, and too large to fit in the typical Brazilian kiln.
Laylah Ali, untitled, 2005, gouache on paper paintings, all images here provided by Ali Layla Ali gave a talk a couple of weeks ago, part of the University of the Arts Food for Thought lecture series organized by the Summer MFA program. I’ve been thinking it over for this long because she’s a bit elusive. Ali placed her work in the context of self-portraiture, part of her undergraduate practice at Williams College (BFA 1991). Of her early self portraits, she said she was trying to do them with Nat Turner’s vision, and that family memories of slavery are part of ... More » »Next Page »