The 10th Street Laundromat is the “coolest” laundromat in Philly. Owner Lisa Budnick lets artists install a show in the maze of rooms and then hosts a party. DoN showed up early since it was about 19 degrees outside and he knew if he went home after Jim Bloom’s show @ Vivant in Old City he wouldn’t go back out. Being early at the South Philly corner of 10th & Elsworth allowed DoN to get some face time with self taught artist Sarah Kolker about the work she installed throughout the laundry. While we chatted Lisa and Sarah set up party supplies while customers washed and folded clothes and DJ Under set up the sound system.
Sarah is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, was born and raised in Philly and studied in Jamaica, Philadelphia and NYC. Sarah has worked with well-known mosaic tile artist Isaiah Zagar, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Groundswell Community Mural Project and completed a Create Change Artist in Residency with The Laundromat Project in New York – thus the connection with 10th Street Laundromat. She also participated in HOAST (Harlem Open Artist Studio Tours) – cool, huh?
And speaking of cool – the monthly art party is so much fun with food and drink, hipsters and regular folk, art on clothes-lines and spinning dryers with DJ Under spinning old school music from DoN’s youth (Blondie, Devo, Bob Marley…). Sarah’s friends from Philly and NYC were dancing and mingling, laughing and hugging, kissing and giggling at the kids ogling the weirdos – DoN insists you get on the 10th Street Laundromat mailing list and you, too, can be cool!