Monthly Archives: August 2010

Absolutely Abstract 2010 @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club

John Williams @ Absolutely Abstract 2010 The Philadelphia Sketch Club

John Williams, Mountain Big Top, acrylic, ink, flashe on panel, Best in Show Absolutely Abstract 2010 @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Absolutely Abstract 2010 @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club

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Absolutely Abstract 2010 @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club

The selection of ninety-eight art works by jurors David Foss and Michael Gallagher for The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Absolutely Abstract 2010 exhibit is engaging, exciting and challenging.  The range of interpretations runs through almost any media you can think of – Kyle Margiotta‘s, Ribbon, pencil drawing takes basic materials and elevates them to an alternate reality, Rik Viola‘s painting is a triumph in context and Mina Smith-Segal suggests surrealism, impressionism, brutalism, naive primitive-ism…all modern and contemporary styles but stretching the envelop of the popular view of abstraction.

DoN Brewer - light being (Sid & Nancy), photograph, Absolutely Abstract 2010

DoN Brewer, light beings (Sid & Nancy), digital photograph, archival ink-jet print, 2008.  This is the third consecutive year DoN Brewer‘s photographs have been included in the Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s annual Absolutely Abstract show, this year’s piece is named after the tragic punk lovers Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen who he once saw shopping in Fiorucci’s in NYC in the 70s.

Ring Droppings, Rodney Miller, digital print on canvas @ Absolutely Abstract 2010

Rodney Miller, Ring Droppings, digital print on canvas.  Fall under the spell of the fractal-like inter-twined rings in Miller’s ultra-trippy contemplation on color, shape and depth of field – go see the real thing at The Philadelphia Sketch Club on the Avenue of the Artists, Camac Street in Center City Philadelphia.

 

Photos by DoN.

 

Apocalypse Soon: 2012 @ Da Vinci Art Alliance

David Foss - Apocalypse Soon: 2012 @ Da Vinci Art Alliance

David Foss‘ sculpture made of found materials is like a futuristic robot/humanoid perched in the center of the gallery, the 2012 theme resonates throughout the room with visions of rapture, hell-fire, nothingness and hopefulness.  Foss’s sculpture reminds DoN of a futuristic boy transformed by a post-apocalyptic storm into a cyborg forced to find his way through the scorched land with feelers and antennas extended in all directions, the central brain stem in the middle of the body instead of stupidly plopped up on top where any fool could knock it off.  David Foss is the director of the Da Vinci Art Alliance and will be having a major show at LGTripp Gallery in Old City in September.

Photos by DoNBrewerPhotography.

Midsummer Invitational @ Off the Wall Gallery in Dirty Franks

Rich Harrington @ Midsummer Invitational @ Off  the Wall Gallery

Rich Harrington @ Midsummer Invitational @ Off  the Wall Gallery

Rich Harrington, fine artist, illustration professor & Philadelphia Sketch Club board member is just one of the local art activists featured in Midsummer Invitational @ Off The Wall Gallery, 13th & Pine Streets.  Harrington’s paintings of rusting hulks of old cars and trucks are indefineable: part landscape, part still life and part portrait, the paintings are loaded with secret narratives and unanswered questions.  Harrington is a driving force@ PSC, always prepared to problem solve, take on projects and promote other artists – just ask his students, they love him.

Morris Klein @ Off the Wall Gallery

Morris Klein @ Off the Wall Gallery

Morris Klein is VP of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia and organizes ongoing art show at the Bonte Cafes in Center City, his style of photography is hyper-realistic with enhanced color and edges.  Getting photographers to participate in ongoing events is like herding cats, Morris is always even keeled and fair without being condescending – guys like Morris make such clubs like PSoP last hundreds of years.

Michelle Anne Clements @ Off the Wall in Dirty Franks

Michelle Anne Clements @ Off the Wall in Dirty Franks – curator & gallerist Jody told DoN that Clements is donating a portion of the proceeds of her drawings of coral to Gulf relief.  The alien forms are wonderfully rendered drawings of different kinds of corals, the simple black and white drawings, beautifully presented, pay homage to the complexity of the simple and vital life form.

The Midsummer Invitational @ Off the Wall Gallery includes: Michelle Anne Clements, Rebecca Cross. Rich Harrington, Morris Klein, Kelly A. Kozma, Don McPartland, Karen Rodewald, Peter Smyth, Michael B. Tantaros & Lauren Westenhiser through October.

 

 

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Photo by Timothy J. Moersh.

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Model Meredith Battite of ExploreTalent embodied the spirit of International Superstar Leon Rainbow‘s genius black light art show in the dark back room of Smile Gallery.  The intense blue light is projected across the room with two big projectors and a Dan Flavin-like florescent mounted on the wall – the paintings vibrate with day glo color and bikini girl Meredith time tripping right out of Laugh In like a Goldie Hawn for the modern age.  The similarities between then & now are nostalgic yet with a grok of how the futuristic 60′s was like while we fought the American War in Viet Nam compared to the exit this morning from Iraq – it’s a party @ ground zero, baby.

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Jim Hancocks, Untitled, mixed media & black light in the back room @ Smile Gallery.  Artists in the show include Leon Rainbow, Mike Ciccotello, Joe Iurato, Josi Luv 1, Aja Washington, Jim Hancocks, Papermonster, Dave Orantes, Demer, Kortez, Jon Connor & Will Kasso.   Super-Kawaii!!

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile not only stirred memories of the 60′s, in the trippy vibrant glow, dreams of absinthe drinkers and green fairies emerged from the purple haze.

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

 Vichoke Mujdamanee

is using light in a completely different way, reflecting the ambient light off metal, embelleshed, hammered, painted and polished into ethereal worlds all unto themselves, each one gives a different feedback experience as you move about the gallery.  The collision of hard edge metal reflections and the zany black light art creates a dynamic inversion of perception & reality like a Star Trek holo-lab.

Bangkok & Black Light @ Smile Gallery

 Vichoke Mujdamanee, Philadelphia, mixed media @ Smile Gallery on 22nd Street near Chestnut.

 

Photos by DoNBrewerPhotography.

“Sculpting Nature” Featuring Career Development Program Fellows Susan Benarcik, R. Noel Shaak and John Woodin @ CFEVA

Susan Benarcik @ CFEVA

Susan Benarcik installed thousands of toothpicks on the walls of the CFEVA Gallery @ 15th & Locust Streets as part of Sculpting Nature, a three person show of CFEVA Career Development Program Fellows .  Benarcik’s wooden installation wraps around a corner paired with hanging tear-drop shaped sculptures made from white wire hangers, some of which were rusted from hanging in a private garden (hmm…do the initials E.T. come to mind?).

Susan Benarcik @ CFEVA

Susan Benarcik @ CFEVA

Susan Benarcik’s wire sculptures are light and airy yet angsty and filled with emotion casting shadows of doubt in the gallery’s alcove.

Susan Benarcik @ CFEVA

Susan Benarcik @ Sculpting Nature.

R. Noel Shaak

R. Noel Shaak‘s pen, ink & marker drawings are goth & Goethe mash-ups each telling an entire movies worth of narrative like some steam-punk Gorey for 2010.

John Woodin @ CFEVA

John Woodin talked about how his vineyard photos are actually Long Island and not some exotic European country.  The large scale photographs have a strange geometry, formal compositions drawn from informal resources like walking through a warm East Coast forest in summer.  DoN knew the photos were Woodin before he knew they were Woodin, that’s style.

The cohesive show is an amalgam of styles each somehow tuned into the concept of nature changed by the gaze of people, Benarcik’s sculptures energize the room, Shaak’s drawings whisper weird secrets and Woodin’s photos traverse space and time.

John Woodin @ CFEVA

John Woodin @ Sculpting Nature in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery through 9/2/2010.

 

DoN Brewer

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