Monthly Archives: October 2017

FUTUREPROOF

Futureproof, HAVERFORD'S CANTOR FITZGERALD GALLERY

FUTUREPROOF at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Explores Our Present by Interrogating How We Imagine THE FUTURE

Artists, writers, inventors, moviemakers, militaries, and think tanks have long tried to predict coming technologies or foresee catastrophic events — not merely for entertainment’s sake, but to prepare for possible outcomes, quell anxieties, or gird against tragedy. Shell Oil even has a “Scenarios” team, founded in 1965 and still working today, whose job is to explore “possible versions of the future by identifying drivers, uncertainties, enablers and constraints, and unearthing potential issues and their implications.” A new exhibit at Haverford College‘s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Futureproof, gathers work from contemporary artists on this theme with real-world images and archives from governmental and corporate scenario planners to explore how we have imagined and continue to imagine different futures.

In engineering, industrial design, and architecture, “futureproofing” typically refers to creating something in a way that minimizes or slows down technological obsolescence. Futureproofing methods are often reflective of people’s anxieties, aspirations, and assumptions about the present, sometimes acting as self-fulfilling prophecies. In this sense, they recall another form of proof—proof as mathematical argument, defined by a series of accepted axioms and truths. The artists in Futureproof engage with the many malleable interpretations of futureproofing, drawing from both the legacy of military and corporate scenario planning and the use of semi-fictionalized artifacts or archives as “proof,” or evidence, of alternate timelines or futures yet to come.

So, a 1991 in-house film on climate change produced by the Shell Corporation will be shown alongside a multi-faceted installation by Ilona Gaynor (“Everything Ends in Chaos”), featuring 2D and 3D objects with video in a piece that deconstructs corporate risk assessment. The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, which foresees that the detention facilities in Cuba have been closed and replaced with a museum that reflects on Guantanamo Bay’s social and political significance, will be represented, as will images and archival documents from Cybersyn Project, the real-life cybernetics economy-management operation of Salvador Allende’s Chilean government.

In a time when each day seems to bring a new cascade of political uncertainties, when every “now” is assumed to be “more than ever” and every crisis feels more unmanageable than the last, Futureproof encourages viewers to interrogate the fraught systems of the present moment and imagine how they might be otherwise.

Futureproof is curated by Ingrid Burrington and features the work of Morehshin AllahyariSalome Asega, Gui Bonsiepe and the Cybersyn Project, the United States Department of Energy, Ilona GaynorAyodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, Shell Corporation, and The Guantánamo Bay Museum of Art and HistoryFutureproof is supported by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Futureproof will be on view Oct. 27 through Dec. 17, at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the show’s opening, there will be a talk by curator Ingrid Burrington at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. An associated screening of Peter Galison and Robb Moss’s film Containment will take place Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., in the Visual Culture, Arts, and Media building’s screening room. For details and additional related events: exhibits.haverford.edu/futureproof.

Overseen by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, associate director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and campus exhibitions, at (610) 896-1287 or mcallina@haverford.edu, or visit the exhibitions program website: www.haverford.edu/exhibits.

Haverford College is located at 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa., 19041

Thank you to Rebecca Raber for the content of this post.

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Photographic

PSoP Salon

Photography by Members, 2017 Photographic Salon

The Photographic Society of Philadelphia is holding it’s annual salon at The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107 through October 26th, 2017. The galleries of the historic artist club are filled with the work of 33 Philadelphia photographers. Tuesday evening, October 17th, is the monthly members meeting which features lectures and presentations by visiting photographers and members work. The Plastic Club has a cool AV system which allows us to really enjoy our fellow photographers presentations.

Sunday October 22 is a final artist reception from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

PSoP Salonlight being (Bowie), digital photograph, DoN Brewer

Three of my photographs are on display, I created a new piece for this show that is special to me. Returning to a theme I explored over ten years ago, I printed a shot from 2006, titled light being (Bowie). The abstract landscape photograph is 30″ x 20″, printed by Photo Lounge on lustre photo paper, is a continuation of my search for ethereal light effects in the urban environment. Incorporating photography into my art life is important to me because of the plastic nature of the practice; line, shape, color are the illustrative elements of developing a good picture.

Please visit The Photographic Society of Philadelphia salon at The Plastic Club, the collection of work is unique, directional, provocative and inspiring.

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Analog

The Halide Project, Gravy StudioIryna Glik, Untitled, cyanotype on watercolor paper

Exhibition of Contemporary Analog Photography Features Artists

Selected from an International Open Call

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Halide Project is pleased to announce its second annual juried exhibition of traditional and alternative process photography entitled Living Image, which will be on display at Gravy Studio & Gallery in Northern Liberties from October 6-29, 2017.

Selected from an international call for entry by juror John Caperton, the works on view in Living Image demonstrate the breadth, depth, and delight of contemporary analog photography. Showcasing an array of traditional and alternative photographic methods, Living Image serves to reconnect viewers with the handmade aspects of photography that have largely been disassociated from the medium in the digital age.

The Halide Project, Gravy StudioTodd Birdsong, Abandonment Issues, Goodman 428 #1, Gelatin Silver Print, Heat Exposure, Chemical Contamination

This year’s Living Image features the work of 23 artists from the Philadelphia region, across the U.S., and beyond including Michael Ast, Todd Birdsong, Mike Browna, Bob Carnie, Devon John Chebra, Cora Cluett, Anne Eder, Iryna Glik, Susan M. Gordon, Haley Hasen, Mike Hoover, Lucang Huang, John Jackson, Roger Matsumoto, Kathleen Nademus, Shaina Nyman, Denise Ross, Patricia Scialo, Craig Scheihing, Andrew Tershakovec, Amanda Tinker, Angela Franks Wells, and Rick Wright.

The work will be on view Thursdays through Sundays from Noon to 6:00pm, or by appointment, throughout the duration of the show.

Opening weekend events include a public preview on First Friday, October 6th, 5–9PM, an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 7th, 5:00 – 9:00pm with Juror’s Talk by John Caperton, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tour hours on Sunday, October 8th, 12:00 – 6:00pm.

The Halide Project, Gravy StudioCraig Scheihing, Marisol, C-print

Interactive and educational programming presented in conjunction with the exhibition includes an Informal Group Critique on Thursday, October 19th, 6-9PM at Gravy Studio & Gallery where visitors can present and discuss their own work; a Polaroid Transfer Workshop with Matt Ashby on Sunday, October 22nd, 1-4PM, at Gravy Studio & Gallery, with a $10 materials fee; and a Wet Collodion Tintype Demo with CJ Harker on Sunday, October 29th, 1-4PM, at 1627 N. 2nd Street, with a $10 materials fee.

A full calendar of Living Image events detailing event and registration information can be found on The Halide Project’s website: www.thehalideproject.org.

The Halide Project, Gravy StudioAmanda Tinker, Untitled, from series Small Animal, Platinum/Palladium Print

Living Image Supporters and Sponsors

Living Image has been generously supported by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District. Opening Reception refreshments are provided by Russet. Exhibition Prizes are sponsored by Indie Photo Lab, The Photo Review, and Velvet Glove.

About The Halide Project

The Halide Project was founded in Philadelphia in 2015 to foster the traditional photographic arts. Its mission is to be a local and global resource for artists working in film and alternative processes, as well as to (re)introduce the public to the beauty and magic of pre digital photographic techniques. Current and prospective programming includes photography exhibitions, workshops, a community darkroom workspace, mobile darkroom outreach, and an artist residency focusing on film and alternative process photography.

About The Juror

John Caperton currently serves as the Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit gallery that has been serving the printmaking and photography community for over 100 years. He has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007 and was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago. He was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia and has also held positions at the Association for Public Art and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Halide Project, Gravy StudioAngela Franks Wells,Wispy, Chromoskedasic Sabattier Print

Details

What: Living Image, a juried art exhibition featuring traditional and alternative process photography by 23 artists selected by juror John Caperton

WhereGravy Studio & Gallery, 910 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

When: On view October 6th – October 29th, 2017

Reception and Juror’s Talk: Saturday, October 7th, 5-9PM

Regular viewing hours: Thursdays – Sundays, 12:00 – 6:00pm or by appointment

Contact: Dale Rio

Email: info@thehalideproject.org Tel: (919) 599-2899

www.thehalideproject.org

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