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News post – JJ Tiziou’s 1st lightbox relit, Gravy moves to Cecil B. Moore Ave, Tristin Lowe’s West Collects whale, opportunities and more!



It’s no secret that Philly is a coworking and shared space boomtown. The Cedar Works is West Philly’s latest entrant into this scene. Featuring 15,000 sq. feet of reclaimed warehouse space, the Cedar Park neighborhood is now home to 23 studios that range from 250 to 600 square feet and combines artist workspaces and professional offices. One of the property owners and project managers, Andy Peifer, is a long-time Cedar Park resident who lives just around the corner from the building. Now that they’re up and running, it’s a good time to make the trek out and see the space. Perhaps even join?

undergraduate fine arts senior thesis projects in Addams Hall at the University of Pennsylvania - Zachary Christman and Jacques-Jean Tiziou - lightbox. Photo credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou /
undergraduate fine arts senior thesis projects in Addams Hall at the University of Pennsylvania – Zachary Christman and Jacques-Jean Tiziou – lightbox. Photo credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou /

Jacques-Jean Tiziou’s first lightbox installation that features images from community radio station building work, made way back in 2007, has been remounted on permanent display in the offices of the Prometheus Radio Project at the Gershman Y at Broad & Pine.

Vox Populi is hitting the NYC art fairs next month, with an exhibition at Salon Zürcher 2013: Out of Town, alongside artists selected by galleries in Chicago, Boston, Miami, DC, and San Francisco. Their exhibition features sculpture by Piper Brett, collage by Bobby Gonzales, Jay Muhlin’s photography, and Erin Murray’s architectural drawings. The show is up from March 4–10, with an opening reception on Monday, March 5 from 5–8pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 12–8pm | Sunday, 12–5pm.

Gravy is taking flight from their Liberty Vintage warehouse and move to a brand new location by March 1. They’re setting up shop at the Sharktown building, located at 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave, minutes away from our old location and just a few blocks off of the Frankford arts corridor. The impetus for this decision was the need for additional square footage, an outdoor courtyard and rooftop access for artists, events and First Friday receptions, all of which the Sharktown building offers. They’ve got their eye on collaborating with their new neighbors to make this spot a new destination for First Friday event, so to launch, they’re having a First Friday preview of the new space on March 1st from 6-9pm, featuring photographs by Harvey Stern. The studio can be available to rent for photo shoots and other creative projects as well.

Andrew Bell, a sophomore college student at Clemson University is one of the two creators behind The Million Project, a community art initiative whose goal is to connect 1 million people from all around the world by collecting a piece of advice or small blurbs of expression from each individual. Inspired by previous works of this nature, most notably, The Million Project is a very of-the-moment expression of what happens when a community art project includes the entire world.


Non-payment of artist’s fees. Pressure from funders. Censorship of university courses and art criticism. Lauren van Haaften-Schick, a co-founder of AHN/VHS Gallery in the Vox Building in 2009 and a curator in NYC, wants to hear your stories of contention with the art world.  She’s seeking submissions for a new project, Non-Participation, a compilation of historic and contemporary letters from artists and other cultural producers declining to participate in cultural events for various subjective political reasons. Think Adrian Piper’s letter of opposition to Phillip Morris’ funding of LAMOCA, Dave Hickey’s and Sarah Thornton’s publicly “quitting” the art world, or, more recently, the resignation of all four of LAMOCA’s artist trustees in protest of Paul Schimmel’s ouster. The project culminates in a publication and series of exhibitions and presentations, with related activities to be determined. Please send copies of your letters via email to, and be sure to indicate with your submission whether or not you’d prefer to be anonymous. Feel free to include any other relevant details or background information as you see fit. Each letter should be accompanied by a brief summary of the incident, which you may provide or that Lauren can edit with your approval. There is currently no deadline for submissions.

via Virginia Maksymowicz – A new call for entries asks the questions: when is violence justified and when it is not? Are violent acts committed by ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances to be judged differently? If nature itself is inherently violent, is human nature any different? The Women’s Caucus for Art in cooperation with the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists is seeking artworks that address these complicated questions, with the exhibition held April 9 through May 3, 2013. There is no entry fee, but keep in mind that only current members of MCGOPA, and the Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC Chapters of the WCA are eligible to submit work, WCA National and Chapter dues for 2013 MUST be paid before entry is submitted. Open to all media except, unfortunately, electronic since there are no provisions for video or sound).

Might want to watch the Big Lebowski, especially Julianne Moore’s scenes, after reading this one: Philadelphia Sculptors is seeking submissions for “Pinned,” in which artists are asked to get inspired by bowling. Using one or more wooden bowling pins to adapt into sculptures, selected sculptures get an exhibition at the University of the Arts from June 17 – 22, 2013 and then hit the auction block to benefit Philadelphia Sculptors. Artists receive 30% of the proceeds from sold works and one artist receives a “Best in Show” award of $100. Artists working in all media are encouraged to participate, and may submit proposals or completed works for consideration. All submissions, including images, must be made online. A nominal entry fee of $10 for PS members and $20 for non-members is assessed. For the prospectus and more information, visit the Philadelphia Sculptors site. The submission deadline is April 1.

Pentimenti has put out a call for artists for Global Conscious, Local Artists, an upcoming group exhibition. Held June 7 – July 13, 2013, it’s open to artists currently living in the greater Philadelphia area, and welcomes contemporary works inspired by today’s current local and international issues. They’re building an eclectic show, asking for works made with various mediums, dealing with the different materials available globally today to contemporary artists. Artists’ submissions can include works on paper, paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, sculptures and other mixed media. The work must have been completed in the last two years and must be for sale. In your application package, include a resume, artist statement and 8 – 10 images on a CD-Rom, as well as an SASE (for return of  materials), then mail to Pentimenti Gallery (group show), 145 North Second St. Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Tom Judd, Farnsworth House - Mies van de Rohe, 2011, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 90 inches
Tom Judd, Farnsworth House – Mies van de Rohe, 2011, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 90 inches

Tom Judd’s exhibit Configurations: New Work opens at William Holman Gallery in New York City opening on March 7 and runs until March 30. Also, he’s got an appearance in John Thornton’s film Tom Judd Remembers the Future that’s definitely worth checking out. 

Judy Gelles’ Fourth Grade Project is on display at the Bernstein Gallery in the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University from February 21 to April 17, 2013, with an artist’s reception on February 22 at 4 PM.

Robert Straight is showing a group of his paintings at the Edward Hopper House in “Inventing Worlds,” a show from February 16 to April 7.

Tristin Lowe, "Mocha Dick," 2009, industrial felt over inflatable, 14' x 15' x 51'.
Tristin Lowe, “Mocha Dick,” 2009, industrial felt over inflatable, 14′ x 15′ x 51′.

Never one for small statements, Tristin Lowe’s fifty-one foot sculpture of a sperm whale, Mocha Dick (oy), is on display at the West Collection Warehouse in Oaks, PA. The opening reception is on March 5, 6-8pm.