Category Archives: Philadelphia Abstract Art

Non-representational art in all media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, prints, video, on-line, writing, etc.

Progression

Paula Cahill, Progressions

“Progression” New Works by Paula Cahill

Crane Arts Building, through May 26th

In “Progression” we see Paula Cahill return to her “Calligraphy Series” with a playful eye on twenty-first century color, movement, and metaphor. Compositions, often created with one continuous line, meander, change color, move forward, backward, and sometimes off the page. Cahill describes her paintings as a metaphor for progress, a process integral to civilization. The painting experience is immersive for this artist and she wishes her viewers their own moments of immersion and contemplation as they move through the composition.

“Line and calligraphy have served as a record of that which is seen and heard for thousands of years. Opportunities to observe and record movement, edges, or sound with line surround me. By visually following the movements and edges of form and creating a written record, I form the catalysts for my paintings.  Compositions are often created with a single, continuous line that meanders, changes color, moves backward, forward, or connects back to the beginning.  Advancing through the painting process is a contemplative, immersive process and I wish the viewer their own momentary immersion as they progress through the composition. I see the paintings as a metaphor for progression, a process integral to individual lives and civilization as a whole. Every day, I ask myself what it means to use line as a form of artistic expression in the twenty-first century.” Paula Cahill Artist Statement

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 6:00 or by contacting

paulacahill2010@gmail.com for a private appointment.

Second Thursday Reception: May 11th, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-3803

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Crane Arts Building Mission:

  • Creating a unique community that encourages and supports artistic production by both emerging and established artists.
  • Assisting the development and growth of Philadelphia’s creative resources, assets, and potential.
  • Creating a unique location for certain creativity-based businesses to thrive alongside the vibrant, Crane Arts community.
  • Providing unique space for the visual and performing arts to showcase events on a local, regional, and national scale.

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Anahata

John Singletary - Anahata, James Oliver Galleryclick for large images

John Singletary – Anahata, James Oliver Gallery

James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-923-1242 (office)

267-918-7432 (mobile)

jamesolivergallery@gmail.com

May 6th – June 9th, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 6:00 -10:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm

John Singletary - Anahata, James Oliver GalleryDetail of “Providence, 30′ x 5′, Photography Based OLED Installation.

Philadelphia native, John Singletary, is a fine art photographer and multi-media artist.  His educational training includes both Drexel University and The University of the Arts. He has exhibited at The Pennsylvania State Museum of Art, LG Tripp Gallery and Gallery 1401. As well, his work is represented in the permanent collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography and The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Anahata is a photographic exhibition that uses its mode of presentation to transcend the limitations of the medium in a multi-disciplinary installation experience. Photographs are animated through multiple state-of-the-art organic LED panels used as electronic canvases. The technology is synchronized to create joined, large format displays, some forming 8′ x 8′ luminous squares or a 30′ Greco-Roman frieze-inspired compositions. Images materialize out of walls and recede back into darkness, as would apparitions in this oddly familiar living space. These and other works are set to original music composed by John Singletary and Matt Hollenberg. In addition, the show will feature a live performance by dancers Amber Malmstadt and Megan Hannon.

John Singletary - Anahata, James Oliver GalleryDetail of “Providence“, 30’x5′ Photography Based OLED Installation.

While the ambition in Singletary’s presentation is of distinct merit, it’s not mere technology doing the real work. The photographic quality in his highly ornamented images demonstrates a conscious and masterful use of the medium. Influenced by a production approach found in theater and cinema, Singletary and his crew built a black box studio in a Victorian house in Germantown, PA as a set for the photography in Anahata. This long term collaborative project enlisted dancers, theater performers, costume designers, make-up artists, choreographers and set technicians. And, in this black box studio, the dream-like imagery, extracted from mythology, symbolism and mysticism directs the narrative in Anahata as it explores human relationships and their connection to the divine.

John Singletary - Anahata, James Oliver Gallery“The Dance of Hades”, 5’x3′ Photography Based OLED Installation.

In John Singletary’s inventive world of Anahata, the artist commands an ancient cry from demons and gods in spear-decorated headdresses and cocoon-like webs that conquer and connect us. From there, he uses an advanced understanding of technology to take us seamlessly forward into a hyper-lit future. With his sensitivity in making this unique grand scale production personal and his exacting print work, the fantasticality in Anahata becomes very real.

John Singletary - Anahata, James Oliver Gallery“Clarise”, 8’x8′ Photography Based OLED Installation.

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Robert McNellis : afterimage | photostructures at ARTSPACE 1241

Robert McNellis : afterimage | photostructures at ARTSPACE 1241

April 8, 2017 to April 27, 2017

“The contemporary new work of Robert McNellis is a bold departure from his lit abstractions of the last year. Expanding from the previous structural solutions, he has turned to using surprising, anonymous images derived from photographs, or photographs derived from anonymous images, and combining these with precise, sleek structures. The elements that makes this possible are vague, almost anonymous, figuration and focused light. In the earlier abstract work, the image relied almost entirely on the structure. This new work is an attempt to bring image and structure onto a more equal footing. This required a movement towards limited figuration in the images, for abstraction rests almost entirely on structure. The brilliant resonances produced are sure to reward those who are able to spend time with the work.” – 1241 CARPENTER

Reception Saturday, April 8, 4 – 7 pm

1241 CARPENTER Studios / Ground Floor + @HBHQ  |  A creative community : artist studios : creative businesses : exhibition spaces.

1241 CARPENTER – Over fifty artists and craftspeople working in an awesome 19th Century factory building.

We’re in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re often lumped in with Bella Vista to the east and South Philadelphia which officially begins south of Washington Avenue. Our building is always buzzing with our many creative businesses and art studios.

One exhibition venues is ARTSPACE 1241. It features our tenants and some guest artists each month.

Our close proximity to the Italian Market is terrific for us and our visitors. It’s an authentic taste of Philadelphia!”

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Steed

Clintel Steel, Fishtown Pop UpClintel Steed

Fishtown Pop Up Debuts with Exhibition by New York City Artist Clintel Steed

Marketplace in Philadelphia to Show Contemporary Work Along with Antique Paintings Philadelphia, PA: Fishtown Pop Up is a new gallery space in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood that will showcase the work of contemporary artists and present exhibitions of vintage and antique paintings. Heather Karlie Vieira, the founder of Heather Karlie Fine Art, 20th Century by HKFA and Modern Look Book created the Fishtown Pop Up gallery to offer permanent exhibition space for artists and dealers.

“The idea is really based on a marketplace”, says Heather, “where artists can offer their work, dealers can showcase their pieces and folks can gather to discuss and purchase art.”

The inaugural exhibition will feature the paintings of Clintel Steed in the show, “inventory, c. steed”. Clintel Steed, an American artist living and working in New York City, holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Indiana University and completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

“My work is about being alive really. I am an African American male who was born in 1977. When you look at the history and the time I was born, a lot of things were happening.”

Raised in a devoutly Pentecostal Christian household in Utah, Clintel’s childhood centered around the church. This devotion features prominently in his work to this day as an exploration of moments, feelings, situations and experiences through art.

“The battle between good and evil, heaven and hell was preached all the time. This struggle is still within me, the lust for money and the battle for power.”

Clintel Steed Fishtown Pop UpClintel Steed

The exhibition, “inventory, c. steed” will examine his body of work.

Clintel describes this as “An inventory is your past and present leading into your own future. And we are living in a jumbled up chaotic time that is lacking consistency. This exhibition offers glimpses and moments of my life, a catalogue of my brain and my emotions.”

In addition to contemporary art, Fishtown Pop Up will also offer the venue to antique dealers as a fresh approach to selling works of art. Dealers will be encouraged to create exhibitions that are thematic in nature. An antique dealer by trade, Heather wanted to create a venue to sell art that appreciated the past and looked to the future.

Fishtown Pop Up will be a go to resource for the community, whether they are homeowners, interior designers, gallerists or art enthusiasts – the space will showcase fresh works of art every month by either contemporary artists or offered by dealers”, says Heather, “and everyone is welcome to attend, shop, learn and collect.”

Clintel Steed, Fishtown Pop UpClintel Steed

Fishtown Pop Up is located at 1311 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19125. Opening night reception is Friday, April 7th, 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition will be open 1 to 7 pm April 8th to 16th and through the rest of the month by appointment.

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Line

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterDraw the Line Features Colossal Drawings Addressing the Refugee Experience

2017 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art Recipients: Kelley Donahue (Brooklyn, NY), Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA) and Paul Santoleri (Philadelphia, PA)

Curated by: Amie Potsic, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Main Line Art Center

March 6 – April 16, 2017

Artist Talks & Opening Reception: Friday, March 10
Artist Talks: 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:30 pm

Artist Workshops:

A Twisting Tale of Burning Truths: Wire Sculpture and Soldering Workshop (Adult Workshop)
Joanna Platt | Thursday, April 6, 6:30-9:30 pm

Signs of Life: A Collaborative Drawing & Painting Experience (Family Workshop: 4+ yrs & adult)
Paul Santoleri | Saturday, May 13, 1-3 pm

Main Line Art Center in Haverford is proud to announce Kelley Donahue (Brooklyn, NY), Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA) and Paul Santoleri (Philadelphia, PA) as the 2017 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. Selected by Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Artistic Advisors and Executive Director through a highly competitive application process, Donahue, Platt, and Santoleri will be featured in Draw the Line, the 13th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center March 6 to April 16.

Drawing with ink, clay, and conduit, these artists investigate the permeable borders between internal and external matter, perception, and experience. Accessing both intuition and intellect, drawing and memory are the basis for inquiry. Their videos, installations, and sculptures create new worlds that illuminate and activate our galleries to create seductive narratives, uncanny characters, and immersive environments.

Paul Santoleris impressive work will feature a 12’ x 20’ paper drawing as well as wall, floor, and window works created on site that reference our relationship to nature and the harrowing journey of refugees seeking new homes across seas. Raised in Havertown, Santoleri took drawing classes at Main Line Art Center when he was 13 years old. He now travels extensively to make his work and is represented globally in collections public and private.

Now in its thirteenth year, Main Line Art Center is proud to present an annual exhibition in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.
The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.

Approximately three artists are awarded annually. The 2016 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art were Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr), Zahra Nazari (New York) whose work was featured in Transformations, presented at Main Line Art Center in Spring 2016. The 2017 finalists are as follows: Rachel Eng (Pennsylvania), Michael Fischerkeller (Maryland), Michael Froio (New Jersey), Jennifer Hecker (New York), Mison Kim (New York), Erica Loustau (Pennsylvania), Thomas Porett (Pennsylvania), and Adrienne Moumin (Maryland).

The Art Center will host artist talks Friday, March 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The artist talk, reception and gallery visits are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Each of the artists will also facilitate a workshop on their process during the course of Transformations. For more information about these programs, including registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call 610.525.0272.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterSelf Creation (as the meaning of life) © Kelley Donahue 2014

Kelley Donahue, originally from northern California, is a ceramic, installation, and performance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Initially interested in drawing and painting, Donahue felt limited by the flat rectangle of the canvas and now constructs three-dimensional canvases of any shape using clay, which she then paints. Donahue earned her B.A. in studio art from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Donahue has exhibited her work internationally in venues including T+H Gallery in Boston, MA; the Ceramics & Glass Fair in New York, NY; Launch Pad Gallery in Portland, OR; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada; and Jatiwangi Art Factory in Java, Indonesia. She received the Juror’s Choice Award from Art Centro in Poughkeepsie, NY and the Barbara Rittenberg Fellowship from the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. In addition to her ceramic sculpture and painting, Donahue has collaborated extensively with musicians and video artists to create performances including video projections and sound. Donahue currently teaches ceramics at Jersey City University and maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterPortals © Joanna Platt 2015

Joanna Platt is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose work deals with the ways our interaction with technology has created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices. She received a B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ and an M.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A member of the gallery collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Platt has exhibited her work internationally with shows at Galeria Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica; SoHo 20, in NY, NY; Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia; Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia; the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ; the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ; The Shore Institute for Contemporary Art in Asbury Park, NJ; and Artist Run at the Satellite Art Fair in Miami. Most recently, she was an invited artist in Artship Olympia at the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Platt is an adjunct professor at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ and a sculpture technician at Independent Casting in Philadelphia.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterOmega Warm Garden © Paul Santoleri 2009. Photo by Lu Szumskyj

Paul DiFuria Santoleri is a muralist based in Philadelphia whose drawing installations and wall-sized paintings can be found in city streets around the world including Philadelphia, Paris, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. Santoleri’s work encompasses a variety of media, but endlessly returns to the stories that can be found in the drawn line: etched on a wall, carved in glass, concrete, wood, ink, obsidian, fresco, or color. His focus on the art of line has led him to create works in a wide diversity of situations around the world, and often in public spaces, like his most recent tile mural installation in the Philadelphia International Airport. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The Independence Foundation, Santoleri holds a B.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His work was also included in a monograph published by Criteres Publications in Grenoble, France, which accompanied his first solo show in Paris. Raised in Havertown, Santoleri took drawing classes at Main Line Art Center when he was 13 years old. He now travels extensively to make his work and is represented globally in collections public and private.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterPaul Santoleri in his studio (Philadelphia).  Photo by Amie Potsic 2017

Amie Potsic, curator of Draw the Line, began her tenure as Executive Director & Chief Curator of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012. Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 70 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographic artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

Main Line Art Center is the community’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art. The mission of Main Line Art Center is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences. Committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of art, the Art Center presents innovative exhibitions and events in the community, including Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, a Greater Philadelphia-wide celebration of the photographic image and digital media.

Main Line Art Center’s educational offerings for all ages, abilities, and economic means span from traditional to contemporary, and are all held to the highest level of excellence. In 2015, Main Line Art Center received the Commitment to Cultural Access Award from Art-Reach for the Center’s Accessible Art Programs for children and adults with disabilities, now in their 52nd year. Additionally, the Art Center grants over $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Last year, Main Line Art Center engaged 21,000 people through classes, exhibitions, and Summer Art Camp, and touched the lives of over 78,000 through Exhibitions in the Community and festivals across the Philadelphia area.

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