Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chad State's "Cruising" book signing at PPAC 11/19

Launch Party for Chad States’ New Book Cruising

Saturday, November 19th, 2011
6:00 – 7:00pm

Sarah Stolfa's (Lecturer) PPAC is pleased to host a book launch party and signing of photographer Chad States’s first monograph Cruising.
The act of “cruising” has long since been a part of gay culture, in which men with common desires meet one another in public places such as parks, public rest rooms, and roadside wooded groves. Similar to the spaces themselves, they find each other hidden in plain sight with the use of silent signals and cues. States’s Cruising depicts these locations and the men who make use of them throughout the country.

From the Pacific Northwest to New England, States’s photographs portray hidden clearings, forest-lined parking lots, and other predetermined paths in which these encounters take place. By visually representing these public landscapes and the men who occupy them for private use, States’s Cruising exposes this transgressive tradition within the gay community, dragging it out of the woods and into the light of the public eye.
Chad States obtained a BA from Evergreen State College and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. States was an Artist in Residence at Light Work during the summer of 2009, and received the Emerging Artist Fellowship for the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2008. His work is included in the permanent collections of Light Work and the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. States’s work has been exhibited nationwide in Hous Projects, New York; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; and FLUXspace, Philadelphia, among others. Chad States currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
PPAC will be selling copies of States’s Cruising, published by powerHouse Books

Philadelphia Center for the Book "Book Paper Scissors" fair is this weekend

Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, 11/19 10am-4pm

This festive book fair will feature an exhibit of prints, artists' books, handmade paper, zines, origami, and blank books, all made by local artists.

Free book-making workshops for all ages and artist levels will also be offered at the Library the day of the fair.
Space is limited - please email events@philadelphiacenterforthebook.org to reserve your spot for a workshop. Walk-ins are welcome for the Kids & Families Pop-ups workshop.

Nigel Rolfe (former UPenn Graduate Critic) in "A Rocky Road" at Crawford Art Gallery

Nigel Rolfe, Into the Mire, production still 2011.© Nigel Rolfe

A Rocky Road, curated by Sean Lynch for the Crawford Art Gallery. 18 November 2011–14 January 2012

A Rocky Road is an exhibition investigating artistic production and its reception in Ireland. With an emphasis on the social realities that cultural invention has encountered in the country, several topics repeatedly arise: conservative reactions and protest to the growth of modern art, vandalism of artworks, and the newsworthy character of artists with their many creative ideas and schemes are all prominent.


Kelsey Halliday Johnson (MFA '12) Interviewed in UPenn's 34th Street Magazine

Kelsey Halliday Johnson "Sight Seeing"
Archival Pigment Print, 30x32", 2011

The issue of 34th Street Magazine hit stands 11/10/11, if you missed the print copy the full interview and an online feature video can be found here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

PPAC's Philly Photo Day Opening is tonight 11/10 6-9pm

Work from numerous UPenn photo student classes will be featured in the collection of photographs taken all over the city on 10/28 for Philly Photo Day at Sarah Stolfa's (UPenn Lecturers) Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Opening from 6-9pm.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spaces of Material Gestures opening in Addams Gallery 11/9 5-7pm

Opening tomorrow night: Wednesday, November 9th, 5 - 7pm
Spaces of Material Gestures

Ayasha Guerin, Christina Kerns, Alex Salsman,
Mary A. Valverde, Katherine West, and Raven Willis

With a performance by Mary A. Valverde from 5:30-6pm and an on-going performance by Ayasha Guerin throughout the evening.

Charles Addams Gallery
University of Pennsylvania
200 South 36th Street
Gallery hours: M-F 10-5pm

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Inspiration Information" curated by Sam Belkowitz (Photo Labs Manager) features Jamie Diamond (Lecturer) And Jayson Musson (MFA '11)

(Sam Belkowitz, "Soft Power", archival inkjet prints, three 23 x 41 inch prints, 2011.)

Inspiration Information
Curated by Sam Belkowitz & Alex Gartelmann

Taking its title from a song by R&B artist Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information is an open examination of the subconscious drives that inform our making practices. What made you become an artist? What ideas are at the core of your art practice? Like Otis’s soul-driven, dreamy expression of the happiness and inspiration one can get from true love, the show looks at the myriad of ways that our artistic interests and practices are deeply woven into our lives. The exhibition uses this song as a parallel for framing personally motivated practices in art making.

Inspiration Information opens on Friday October 21 at the Maas Building, 1325 Randolph Street, Philadelphia, and runs through November 12th, 6pm. This exhibition will include video, installation, painting, sculpture, and photography. Featured artists include: Isaac Lin, Jason Musson, Sam Belkowitz, Matt Pruden, Kim Walker, Jonas Sebura, Barbara Jenkins, Joel Parsons, Corkey Sinks, David Harper, Jesse Butcher, Alex Gartelmann, Jamie Diamond, and Lee Arnold.

First Friday Opening November 4, 2011 6-10pm
Performance: CIUTADELLA 5, 9pm.

Gallery Hours
Saturday November 12th, 2011 12-6pm

Leigh Van Duzer (MFA '10) has a piece in the Speos Gallery in Paris

Leigh Van Duzer (MFA '10) in addition to her exhibition this month at Fowler Art Collective in Brooklyn ("The Build Up") also has a piece in a show at the Speos Gallery in Paris, opening November 8th. The exhibition coincides with Paris Photo and Lensculture Photofest in the month of November. Congrats Leigh!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Anna Neighbor (Lecturer) has show at Vox Populi, opening 11/4

Heaven is place where nothing ever happens is a continuation of Anna Neighbor's interest in making manifest the often suppressed yet essential concerns surrounding existence in lieu of mortality. The basic driving forces of making, keeping, and losing are laid bare with simple gestures that often take the form of the trace, utilizing materials and methods such as rubbings, imprints, photographic images, videos, mirrors and simple drawings. Their function is not to create a new, lived spectacle for the viewer but rather act as shadows or reflections of the viewer, tethered to their brighter and fuller source. In this case, the works tap into the force and beauty of virility, the wear of vigor on the body, and the tenacious desire to create.

Anna Neighbor was a 2010 Wind Challenge recipient, resulting in a solo exhibition at the Fleisher Memorial in Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches photography at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art and Design.

EXHIBITION DATES: November 4-27, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 4 from 6 - 11 pm

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 6 pm

GALLERY TALK: Sunday, November 27, 3 pm

Vox Populi's website

Caitlin Lennon (MFA '12) has photo in Grizzly Grizzly's inaugural juried show, opens 11/4

Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present our inaugural call for entries, ‘Other Possible Titles,’ a survey of contemporary art juried by the members of the collective. The thirty-five artworks selected — culled from nearly 250 submissions — represent the wide range of artistic strength and thoughtfulness we witnessed from our artistic peers throughout the process.

By far their largest exhibition to date, ‘Other Possible Titles’ will utilize the entirety of the gallery and spill out into the adjoining floor. Although incredibly divergent in media, the work on a whole demonstrates a particular intelligence and awareness of material and play within contemporary practices – whether it be through installation, photography, sculpture, video, or painting and drawing. .

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Grizzly Grizzly will encourage visitors to vote on their favorite work. The artist receiving the most votes will receive a solo exhibition in the 2012 gallery season.

Included artists are:
Aggtelek, Amy Sacksteder, Ana Galan, Analia Zalazar, Anders Johnson, Andrea Mcginty, Angie Zielinski, Areca Roe, Ben Will, Benjamin Farnack, Caitlin Lennon (MFA '12), Carly Glovinski, Christina Day, Christine McCauley, Dana Lok, Dave Kim, David Welch, Dennis Ritter, Eimearjean McCormack, Joanna Platt, John Jodzio, Liz Davenport, Matt Brett, Michael Ohgren, Olja Stipanovic, Peter Morgan, Rachelle Beaudoin, Run Shayo, Samantha Mitchell, Scott Giblin, Shelby Donnelly, Stephanie Norberg, Trevor Amery, Wendy Wolf, Yoorim Park (MFA '12)

For further inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact cindystocktonmoore@gmail.com

“Other Possible Titles”
November 4 – November 26, 2011
First Friday Opening, November 4th, 6-10PM
Grizzly Grizzly, 319 North 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA,
Hours: Saturday and Sundays, 2-6PM