candy flippin

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryCalling the Ancestors, work on paper, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

“candy flippin”, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery,

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

Like witnessing the vibrant and dreamy panorama that cloaked the room, meeting visionary artist Jombi Supastar was a truly surrealistic experience.  As I entered the Jed Williams Gallery, Jombi proffered a warm welcome as if it was the reunion of old friends.  Much appreciative of his candor and hospitality, he instantly instilled a feeling of peace and reverence.  Jombi’s whimsical works are also evocative of that experience, as they magically transport you to another place, time, and dimension.

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryFlowering Aquatic Sparkle, mixed media on canvas, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

Jombi Supastar‘s pieces are a multi-faceted assemblage of paint, collage, and mixed media, in which each piece consist of a storied narrative left for the viewer to interpret. His works are thematic, consisting of many common elements and patterns:  human and animal hieroglyphical forms, as well as bold colors and fluid shapes – all adorned with glitter, jewels, and found objects and sealed with layers of shiny epoxy.

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryDreaming, mixed media with objects, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

The pieces contain these eye-catching tactile elements in order to engage the viewer and offer a sense of child-like and free-spirited simplicity. One recurrent element throughout his work is a singular eye, which lends the overarching feelings of spirituality, calamity, redemption, and fortune.  Jombi admits that he is drawn toward the use of red and orange, which elicit sensations of passion, fire, spirituality, and lust.

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryDream Time Down Under #2, work on paper, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

Various artistic sources of inspiration range from the historical, such as Hieronymus Bosch, William Blake, and Henri Matisse, to the contemporary, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kara Walker.

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryDream Time Down Under #1, work on paper with collage, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

ARTIST STATEMENT

“My art is an expression of the multi-dimensionality of perception, and of the many-layered nature of my spirituality and sexuality.  I’ve been painting for two decades now quite simply because I love to paint.  I feel the most grounded and joyful when creating works of art. In that sense, my art is good for me.  I like to think it can be good for others as well.  I want to bring a sense of magic and a touch of humor to this sometimes troubling world―beauty, too.  I like bold images and vivid colors.  Often now my works begin as paintings but turn into mixed medium pieces because I want to make the work as layered and spectacular as it can be.  I can like just-paint paintings, but see no reason to limit myself to paint alone.  I take a child’s delight in glittery, shiny objects.  They excite me. I want my work to communicate that sense of excitement, and to create excitement of its own.” – Jombi Supastar

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

Don’t Eat Me, mixed media on board, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryCreative Thinking, mixed media on canvas, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

ABOUT JED WILLIAMS GALLERY

Jed Williams Gallery is a unique art space owned and operated since 2010 by artist Jed Williams. Jed showcases up-and-coming and inspiring artists from the local area, including his own work, along with providing a look into the workings of an actual artist studio. The gallery shows a variety of thoughtful, cutting edge works ranging from 2D, mixed media and painting, to video, installation and sculpture.

candy flippin, Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams GalleryCalling the Ancestors, mixed media on wood, “candy flippin”Jombi Supastar, Jed Williams Gallery

Jombi Supastar, 4518 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143, 267-226-2324

email: JombiSupastar@yahoo.com

Jed Williams Gallery, 615 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2111, 267-970-5509

www.jedwilliamsgallery.com

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Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

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On the Grid, Off the Wall Gallery

on the Grid

Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

November 23 – December 27. Opening Reception: December 4th, 7:00 – 10:00pm. Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, NE Corner, 13th & Pine, Philadelphia, PA 19107

John BaccileKyle BakerJessica BarberGlenn BengeJim Biglan, Meryl Bonderow, DoN BrewerPaula Brumbelow Burnsm, Vincent Bush, Nicole Clifford, Matt CohenJacque FerrettiLeroy ForneyJulia FoxWayne FranksRachel Glidden, Bob GorchovTed Gutswa, Robin Harrison, Robert Yong Lee, Rob LybeckStephen MillnerBill Myers, Michael Nathan, Annette Newman, Tri Nguyen, Alexandra OrgeraGene Renzi, Wendy Rush, Veronika Schmude, Chuck Schultz, Julius ScissorMina Smith-Segal, Ed SnyderLaura StorckMichael Tantaros, Jocelynn TiceNoa & Emi Travalia, Wa-oo-ba-ke, Katherine Weber, and Jaither West

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Worth

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins PhotographyFor What It’s Worth, Richard Perkins Photography, The First Banana, Written and photographed by Laura Storck.

Upon outlining my plan of attack for First Friday, I made a conscious effort to begin way out of the beaten art path, i.e., not in Old City, and venture even farther than many of the newer gallery openings on Frankford Avenue. My launch began at, the aptly-named, The First Banana in Fishtown to see the opening reception for the Richard Perkins solo photography exhibit, ‘For What It’s Worth‘. The photographs, mostly portraits of friends, were taken within the past 5 years to a mere week ago. Hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, Perkins was in town for the occasion.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins PhotographyThe First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Richard Perkins’ collection of portraits are vibrant, edgy, and voyeuristic, yet have an intimate and candid vibe to them. The fact that they were printed and posted directly on the wall gives the viewer a sense of immediacy and urgency that they must be seen. Many images rely heavily on flash, which I like, and therefore appear similar to a “look book” feel – which, in fact, shouldn’t come as a surprise, as in 2013 he helped to photograph clothing for Play Cloths, a progressive street-wear brand, also located in Virginia.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s Worth, Richard Perkins Photography, The First Banana

Very interestingly, Richard’s photographs were taken with only a disposable film camera or a digital point-and-shoot (he graciously showed me his white Samsung camera tucked away in his pocket). He confided that he likes to be as unobtrusive as possible when photographing his subjects, as to not point a large intimidating camera in their direction.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s WorthRichard Perkins, photography at The First BananaFor What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s WorthRichard Perkins, Untitled, photograph, The First Banana

To compliment the exhibition, one of Richard’s films was being projected on a side wall above the stage. Richard explained,

“The film was called ‘Down From The Mountains‘ and it’s of my girlfriend Tabitha Lopez. The film consisted of a bored night where we drew out of a hat of what to do and one was to “make a movie” so I wanted to make a 20 minute long short film of Tabitha against a wall doing whatever she thought fit.”

The film, shot in black and white, consists of Tabitha speaking directly to the camera. The footage has a very dreamy and mercurial quality to it, in which I felt uncertain of what to expect next but compelled to watch more.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaDown From The Mountains, video, Richard PerkinsThe First Banana

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Richard Perkins’ work and meeting the artist himself, especially on my first stop on First Friday at the First Banana. Richard’s expressively charged, raw, and moody photographs can be seen on display through November. The First Banana is a member-driven gallery, venue and performance space created to meet the needs of performance artists and artists in other mediums finding it hard to establish themselves in the art world.

The First Banana is located at 2152 E. Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125; (267) 934- 6263.

Written and photographed by Laura Storck.

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Visions in Print, Cheltenham Printmakers Guild

VISIONS IN PRINT, Cheltenham Printmakers Guild & Invited Artists

VISIONS IN PRINT OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, November 16, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham PA. November 16th – December 13th, 2014.

Cheltenham Printmakers Guild with invited artists. Curated by Amze Emmons and Francine Kay Affourtit.

  • November 16th, 1:00pm Working Together: Building a Community of Artists Join us for a lively conversation featuring exhibiting artists. 1:30pm Print Studio Tour. 2:00 – 4:00pm Opening Reception
  • November 23rd, 11:00am – 5:00pm Cheltenham Printmakers and Clay Guild annual holiday sale!
  • December 6th, 10:00am – 12:00pm Children’s Printmaking Workshop $5 in advance/$8 at the door. 1:00pm – 3:00pm Adult/Teen Printmaking Workshop $10 in advance/$12 at the door
  • December 13th,1:30pm – 2:00pm Docent Tour of the exhibit

Marlene Adler, Nancy Alter, Herbert Appelson, Art Brener, Reena Milner Brooks, Elaine Buono, Deb Chaney, Kathy Chapman, Matthew Colaizzo, Donna Douglass, Cindi Royce Ettinger, Donald Fisher, Esther Rose Fisher, Terri Fridkin, Bonnie Goldstein, Marlene Grolnic, Nina Magil Hausner, Joanne Hofferman, Rinagai Jawer, Zach Lindenberger, Joan Long, Diana Taflin Myers, Matt Neff, Linda Nesvisky, Alexis Nutini, José Ortiz-Pagán, Laura Ramos, Mickie Rosen, Ron Rumford, Merle Spandorfer, Shelley Thorstensen, Rochelle Toner, Mili Dunn Weiss, Carol Wit, Lois Yampolsky

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Artful Giving, Da Vinci Art Alliance

DA VINCI ART ALLIANCE HOSTS ARTFUL GIVING 2014, A FUNDRAISER EVENT

Da Vinci Art Alliance invites the public to its annual fundraiser and art sale, ARTFUL GIVING 2014, a “brunch and bubbly” affair on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 – 4:00pm, at 704 Catharine Street in Philadelphia. Chaired by Linda Dubin Garfield, ARTFUL GIVING 2014 will include sales of original fine art contributed by member artists and artisans, and raffles of distinctive gift items such as gift certificates, museum memberships, etc. donated by businesses and cultural venues that support the artists and programs of Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Tickets to ARTFUL GIVING 2014 start at $35 ($45 at the door), additional donations are welcome.

Since its inception in 1931, the mission of Da Vinci Art Alliance as a dynamic organization confidently continues to meet the growing need for community-based arts, and cultural and educational dialogue for artists, individuals and families. Da Vinci is one of the few non-profit artist run organizations boasting ownership of a building since 1959. Requiring to move forward on major repairs of its stately structure, proceeds from ARTFUL GIVING 2014 will initiate Da Vinci Art Alliance’s Building Fund

Da Vinci Art Alliance is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) artists’ organization located in South Philadelphia.The organization was founded in 1931 to serve the needs of professional artists and artisans in the Delaware Valley. Da Vinci currently has over 140 members and is supported through membership dues, gallery/studio rentals, sales commissions, grants, and donations. It holds exhibitions of members’ and non-members’ artwork as well as special events, workshops, performances, poetry readings, and lectures, and keeps its members informed on community events, news and opportunities. The mission of the non-profit artists-run organization is to support its members and to further community-based arts, cultural, and educational exchanges.

For more information about ARTFUL GIVING 2014, tickets, donations, sponsorship, and/or general information about Da Vinci Art Alliance and membership, contact Gaby Heit, Executive Director at davinciartalliance@gmail.com or 646-229-3353.

Da Vinci Art Alliance is located at 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Gallery hours specifically for November’s exhibition, Portraits and Such: Recent Work by Mike Pavol, are Monday 4:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm, Friday 4:00 – 7:00pm, Saturday/Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm.

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