Tag Archive "vox-populi"

Kirk McCarthy, detail of grouping on shelf

June in Chinatown – Great member shows at Vox, raucous New Dreamz at Space 1026 and more!

I saw a bunch of good things this June, including performance, video and a wonderful installation by Kirk McCarthy at TandM Gallery on the 4th floor of the Vox building. Here’s my brief overview. Libby and I were out First Friday but because things were running late, we were too, so we only saw two things –  the 5 into 1 show at Moore (very good – congratulations to all the graduates in the show, including artblog contributors, Lucy Heurich and Veronica Perez!) and the New Dreamz performance at Space 1026 (amazing, brave and funny, with moments of eye-rolling silliness). ... More » »


Sensory deprivation –- five artists show at Vox Populi

[Michael explores five separate exhibitions drawn together into one space. Often unsettling or confusing, these works ask us to confront our unease. -- the artblog editors] The five guest artist exhibitions at Vox Populi this month are explorations that unfold slowly. Each artist limits the viewer’s senses, leaving us anxious for the work to reveal something deeper. Home sweet Homeland Security Gary Szerbaniewicz unites a cacophony of sounds and scents recalling a house under construction with an oversized wooden structure in his installation “Tom Ridge”.  The sculpture’s sheer size is unsettling; accompanied by the pings and pangs that echo throughout ... More » »


News post – Pageant:Soloveev back in play, Alex Podesta in Arlington’s CSA retrospective, new look for Leeway, opportunities and more!

News Maria Teicher’s skill for lending images of suffocation a terrifying grandeur was rightly noticed by New American Paintings during the magazine’s Armory Week highlights. “When looking at the plastic veiled portraits of Maria Teicher, you can’t help but find yourself a bit short of breath,” reviewer Elizabeth Devlin, Boston Contributor acknowledges. “We all have our struggles and it’s hard not to view the works through a personal lens, imposing our own narratives upon the obscured figures.” Teicher’s work is part of the showing by Arch Enemy Arts. Queen Village is always a little more incandescent when Pageant: Soloveev is in ... More » »

Marc Newson, Ford 021C Concept Car, 1999.  Check the snub nose and square lines - way ahead of its time!

February – Cold outside but hot inside, a belated First Friday photo post

First Friday started early for Libby and me with a trip to the Perelman Building at the PMA with Collab board president Vesna Todorovicz Sacks, who showed us the Collab 2013 Design Excellence Award show of Australian designer Marc Newson.  Not only is the work a delight — playful, colorful, sleek and clean, the design of the show itself is very cool.  Like an exploded 3D version of a model home, the show features a garage with a Ford Concept Car, a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and bath–a highly engaging little pad to dream yourself into. The Australian designer, ... More » »

The collective strength of CITYWIDE. Courtesy of CITYWIDE Philly.

News post – CITYWide looks back 5 years, Brooke Hine in Brooklyn, stellar prints at Rutgers’ Brodsky Center, opportunities and more!

News As we ring in the holidays, we can ring in a five-year celebration for some of our recent artist arrivals. Until December 15, the Painted Bride is hosting “Locale,” an exhibition of the works of a group of artists that have all moved to Philadelphia within the past five years of their lives and have created pieces that reflect on their time. This show is a partnership between InLiquid Art + Design and Paradigm Gallery + Studio as part of CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition, curated by Sara McCorriston of Paradigm Gallery + Studio. Featuring work by Rachel Black, Robert Darabos, Gaby Heit, Drew Leshko, Kathryn Lien, Ekaterina Popova, ... More » »

Particpants gathered to paint tables and chairs.

Asian Arts Initiative transforms Pearl Street with a community block party

(Rachel visits a block party and finds inspiration in the community activities and spirit. –the artblog editors) Pearl Street resembles anything but its name. Dark, narrow, and lined with dumpsters and loading docks, it feels claustrophobic and uninviting. Most Philadelphians probably experience the street as a tiny artery in the neighborhood’s navigation system, a shortcut to and fro, or, for the community’s homeless, a potential space to sleep. Along the street’s four blocks stretching from 10th to Broad Streets in the North Chinatown neighborhood, are cultural organizations, tech offices, Catholic grade schools, and auto repair shops. Luxury apartments are moving in. ... More » »

An image from “Instructions to the Internet.”

Us vs. Them – Chris McManus at Vox Populi

—Sam reviews a show by Chris McManus that deals with the Internet, and he finds the installation hilarious, creepy and uncomfortable.  –the artblog editors—————-> In a gallery full of weird exhibits, Vox Populi member Chris McManus’ installation, “one of us,” stands out in this September’s offerings due to its combination of the creepy, the hilarious, and the socially uncomfortable. “one of us” comments on inclusion and exclusion in the internet era. First accessible only to tech-savvy nerds, the internet has now been almost universally accessible for years. But some of the most frequent behaviors online include trolling or tormenting people, ... More » »


From the vault – December, 2003 – Art off our beaten path

In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In December, 2003, we were venturing forth from our Old City stomping grounds and trotting up to Northern Liberties and west to City Hall. Despite initial reservations, Roberta discovered some striking poetic narratives at 1 Penn Square. Portraits by a perceptive PAFA graduate were worth the visit to the now-closed Ashley Gallery, where paintings were rife with psychological complexity.  ——————————- The Mystery of Case 13 By roberta December 30, 2003    I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one ... More » »

Alex Podesta, Jumper, 2013. Mixed media.(130in x 32in x 46in as installed).

Union, Justice and Confidence – From New Orleans, The Front comes to Vox Populi

–Alyssa gives us some insight into a diverse and challenging group show of New Orleans artists at Vox Populi.–the artblog editors————————-> The challenge of Union, Justice, Confidence, a show by members of New Orleans’ The Front’s collective, is one of compartmentalization — how to view the show at Vox Populi through the lens of each of the 14 member artists and how to assimilate the pieces into a larger whole of the show’s parts. The Front, established in post-Katrina New Orleans, grounds its artistic reputation in provocative and demanding works, just as Vox Populi does.  Unlike Vox Populi, however, The Front has the distinction ... More » »

Beth Heinly, posing at Vox Populi before our interview

Beth Heinly on the importance of collecting and community – an artblog radio podcast

Beth Heinly grew up in the Philadelphia area.  She draws comic strips (under the title the 3:00 o’clock book) that tell humorous and dark stories from her life and she sometimes creates graphic novels, like a new one “Server Serial Killer” she is working on.  (Beth’s day job is being a server at the Irish pub, Fado, so we are guessing she’s got lots of material to work with for her new book.)  But Beth’s also a performance artist and a self-taught curator responsible for some great programming at Little Berlin, where she was a member, and now, at Vox ... More » »

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