Opportunities, Plus Esther Klein Gallery, Tyler Kline, CFEVA Open Studios, Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden + Davinci Art Alliance

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At the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Shwarga Bhattacharjee's dynamic, high contrast paintings explore topics of identity, immigration, and assimilation.
Painting by Artist Fellow Shwarga Bhattacharjee at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Photo courtesy of CFEVA.

CFEVA’S POST (Open Studios) is here! We recommend two events for Sunday, Oct. 16 – Shwarga Bhattacharjee + Taji Ra’oof Nahl and John Schlesinger

Shwarga Bhattacharjee – Visual Artist Fellowship Reception @ CFEVA’s Gallery
October 16, 4-5pm | 237 S 18th St., Suite 3A
Join us for Shwarga Bhattacharjee’s artist talk with a special reading by poet Mehrin (Mir) Masud-Elias. Click here for more details. Read Patrick Coué’s review of Shwarga’s show at 12 Gates.

John Schlesinger/Taji Ra’oof Nahl (aka TR7) present Ice Station Zero 2.0 /Frankensteinway @ The House of Schlesinger
3419 Hamilton street, Philadelphia, 19104
Sunday, October 16th, open for viewing 12-6 PM
Seating limited
More information here

Through the rubric of TR7’s “The Other Sounds of Philadelphia“ two sets of audio/visual sculpture activation will take place.
1pm activation – 52 street Planetary Ensemble; featuring
RyRy (from Joji) – percussion and sorted instruments
Anthony Bayne Sr. – saxophone and percussion
Ihba Baskette – winds and skins
TR7 – prepared piano, electronics & vocals
4pm activation – Sonic Sculpture Ensemble; featuring
Jason Carr – Synths
Nate Totushek – Drums
TR7, prepared piano, electronics & vocals.
John Schlesinger and Taji Ra’oof Nahl have been working together informally on each other’s installations since 2020. Frankensteinway marks their first major collaboration. A dilapidated Steinway piano in Schlesinger’s living room has been heavily ‘prepared’ internally (ala John Cage / Ben Patterson) with surgical forceps and other medical instruments to dramatically modify its sound…Functionally, Ice Station Zero 2.0 / Frankensteinway serves as the hinge or pivot transforming a living room repurposed into a hub for musicians to meet, collaborate and take risks as an auditory response to the installation. Listen to Roberta and Imani’s podcast interview with Taji from 2017.

At the Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, a group of people share a meal next to a large sculpture as the sun sets
At Pedro Ospina’s Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, a group of people share a meal outdoors surrounded by nature, art, and community in Kensington.

FRIGHT NIGHT: a Halloween Party with DVAA and the Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden
Wednesday October 26th, 6-9pm
The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, 2241 N Phillip St. Philadelphia, PA

You are officially invited to FRIGHT NIGHT, our first annual Halloween Party with Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-9pm! During the event, we are going to have an art installation on view by Ava Haitz, a tarot card reader, a photobooth, fire pits, a DJ, costume contest and, of course, a ton of food and drinks. Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance and will be $30 at the door. Each ticket will come with unlimited food and one free drink, suggested donations will be posted for continued drinks. All proceeds will be split between DVAA and the Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden! More information and tickets here. Listen to Roberta’s recent podcast interview with Pedro Ospina, founder of Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg's pink glass sculpture installation sits on top a round white surface, dramatically lit in a dark room.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, installation on view at Esther Klein Gallery. Photo by Adam Reich

EKG closing show after 45 years with Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Closer Than Your Family

This solo show by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg features recent works that examine how cutting-edge developments in biotechnology are raising fundamental questions about what it means to be human…Together these works probe the ways human beings are multitudes, via the subjectivity of interpretation, their genetic mutability, and their increasingly chimeric proximity to non-human animals.
The Esther Klein Gallery will close after 2022 — re-imaging its purpose and form for a relaunch in 2024. It has been a staple in University City for 45 years.

Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market St., Gallery Hours, M-F, 9-5.
Closer Than Your Family, to Dec. 16, 2022

A colorful contemporary surrealist painting shows a face with three eyes and beams of light emitting from each eye.The head is festooned with purple flowers and green leaves and a flowing white beard swirls under the head.
Tyler Kline, “Run Rabbit Run,” gouache, ink, and oil on canvas, 18×24, 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist

Notable show: Tyler Kline: Klecksomancy

Pink Noise Projects
319 N 11th Street, 2L, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Exhibition dates: October 7th – 30
open weekends 2-6 or by appointment 215 840 7239

Klecksomancy is a term I have coined meaning divination based on inkblots, I have created a suite of 13 cards and will give readings at the opening. This exhibition is a further instantiation of my world building, self contained yet growing from previous exhibitions. — Tyler Kline [Artblog posts featuring Tyler Kline here.]


Tiny WPA seeks fabricators and designers!

We’re hiring for two positions! Tiny WPA is growing and we are seeking both experienced and emerging fabricators and designers to assist with the organization’s community-driven participatory design-build work throughout Philadelphia. Visit our website to learn more about our open Lead Fabricator and Assistant Fabricator/Designer positions. Questions? Email Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

RAIR 2023 Residency – Deadline Oct. 31, 2022

We are still accepting applications for the 2023 RAIR Residency
until October 31st. Don’t miss out on access to 450+ tons of materials and that $1000 stipend. Click here to learn more; and click here to apply!