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Sort-of Live Comments – Vox building and Space 1026 on First Friday, Oct. 3, 2014


(Sadly, this reporter’s fumble fingers vaporized the 6-minute Live Comments voice recording I made Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. As with the dictates of Murphy’s Law, I had no backup version. So what we have below, folks, is a lemonade of Live Comments — a paraphrased version of what people said to me at the Vox building and Space 1026 last Friday night.  P. S. Burned once, I will never again edit from an un-backed up audio file.  Look for more (really) Live Comments in the future.)

blue light projection on wall and ceiling
John Phillips and Carolyn Healy’s piece in the show Sanctuary at the Rotunda


John Phillips: I just saw great John Moore paintings (at Locks Gallery to Nov. 8) and I’m on my way to see Sue Patterson’s work at TandM (4th floor, Vox building). Carolyn Healy and I are in a show, Sanctuary, at the Rotunda, Oct 10-12. There are 3 projections on the ceiling and a 5 speaker system on the floor taking advantage of the strange acoustic properties of a large parabola dome!  Plus Carolyn’s sculpture and lighting.

sculpture on wall
H. John Thompson at Napoleon, wall sculpture with porthole into which you look and see a model of an airplane and something else, a surprise.

H.John Thompson: My show (at Napoleon to Oct. 30) looks at the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior and the disappearance of airline hijacker D.B. Cooper over Washington State. I’m interested in the unexplainable moments that occur when people are unintentionally or intentionally lost.

John Muse: I’m teaching a class on exhibitions and displays at Haverford College.  Today I unveiled a weird collection of paintings and drawings, in various states of disrepair, by Mainline denizen and Haverford benefactress, Margaret Ralston Gest.  The students will create micro-exhibits using these and other materials, hopefully in the spirit of Fred Wilson, whom we’ve recently studied.

model boat
H. John Thompson at Napoleon, detail of interior of sculpture of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.

Sarah McEneaney: Go see John Thompson’s show at Napoleon. It’s great.

David Kessler: I’ve been out working on an experimental documentary and performance project set in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  The project is going into it’s 3rd year of production.

sculpture on table
Todd Baldwin at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, sculpture from his show Dismantle, Combine

Andrea Kirsh: Todd Baldwin’s tiny sculptures (at Tiger Strikes Asteroid to Nov. 2) do not fall into the trap of precious.

man with bowl on fire
Nick Lenker, at Practice, performance video

Annette Monnier (gallery sitting at Practice, show up through Nov. 1): Nick Lenker tackles some PA dutch folk magical history in this video that becomes more engaging every minute I spend with it.

Rob Perkins (musician): I was going to make a negative comment but I don’t believe in being negative but in saying nothing at all instead.

man in room
Nick Lenker, at Practice, performance video

Matt Kalasky: I like Nick Lenker’s show at Practice because it evades the bright, zanzy, Nicoledeon re-dux aesthetic that dominates similar lines of investigation. Instead it seeks harder less fashionable paths to the core of mythology — ones not necessarily candy-coated in ironic detachment.

drawing on wall and in box
Mark Stockton, Beat Your Altar, (detail of installation- Walt Whitman) 2014

Mark Stockton: In my show (at Vox Populi to Nov 2) I have scaled my sketches to wall size and have arranged the smaller, finished drawings within a pedestal in the interior of the space. I am looking to invert the relationship between my preliminary and finished work.

tree and orange rectangle
Jacob Lunderby at Space 1026, image from a series of works about damaged windows that have been patched in ad hoc ways

Jacob Lunderby: I make objects that look like photos but are really paintings. (at Space 1026 til Oct. 29)

Mary Cassatt painting
Mary Cassatt, “At the Theater (Au théâtre),” 1878/1879, pastel and gouache with metallic paint on paper, Collection of Ann & Gordon Getty

John Ollman: I was in Washington, D.C. for the opening of the James Castle show at the new Smithsonian American Art Museum, which used to the the Portrait Gallery and something else.  I also got to the National Gallery and saw the Degas/Cassatt show, which was a revelation.  Everyone should take a trip to Washington.