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Out of the Box, Open Juried Art Show at The Plastic Club

Out of the Box, Open Juried Art Show at The Plastic Club

UNLEASH YOUR INNER CREATIVE BEAST AT THE PLASTIC CLUB

The Plastic Club is inviting artists to break new creative ground for the club’s next juried art exhibition. The February show will feature the theme of ‘Out of the Box‘ – highlighting ‘work related to the notion of invention and inspiration’. The exhibition will run from February 5th to February 23rd, with an opening party on Sunday, February 5 from 2 PM to 5 PM.

The prospectus explains that the subject may be ‘personal, political, scientific, or otherwise’. Submitted work may also be ‘a piece that is itself an experiment, new subject matter, or new medium for you as an artist’.

“Some example ideas,” the prospectus explains, would be “a piece that represents a new direction in your practice or features a material or medium that is new for you; a portrait of an inventor or innovative thinker; a depiction of an inspirational place, event, or historical turning point; subject matter about a break in convention; an illustrative or abstract response to any of these concepts.”

The show’s prospectus is downloadable from The Plastic Club‘s website, www.plasticclub.org.

The show’s juror will be interdisciplinary artist Jacob Rivkin, a teacher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a member of Philadelphia’s OOF Collective, an animation collective.

Jacob Rivkin Bio

“I am an interdisciplinary artist living in Philadelphia, PA. I currently teach Fine Art courses in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. I am currently a member of the OOF Collective. I received my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and BA from Vassar College in 2007. My animations and sculptures focus on understanding how, and if, environments and its geological qualities imbue sentiment and distinct character to its inhabitants.

My animation work has screened at the Animation Block Party in Brooklyn, NY, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, and the Peephole Cinema in San Francisco. My sculptures have been exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, The Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA and Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago, IL. Awards include the Juror’s Prize at the 25th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Juried Exhibition in 2012, a Fulbright Grant in 2008 to study Chinese traditional landscape painting in Hangzhou, China, and the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize in 2006 to study Buddhist sculpture practices in Western China. In 2014 I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hacktory in Philadelphia. My studio is located at the Queen Memorial Work Studios in Grays Ferry.” – Jacob Rivkin

The Plastic Club, located on quaint Camac Street, the Avenue of the Artists, was founded in 1897 to promote the visual (plastic) arts. Although initially formed as a women’s group, membership was expanded to include men in 1991. The Plastic Club has over 200 members from the Philadelphia area, long-distance members hail from three continents.

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Mapping

Klip Collective, Red Bull Art of CanDILWORTH PARK TO TRANSFORM INTO MULTI-MEDIA ART EXHIBITION through OCTOBER 8

Groundbreaking Projection Mapping Installation On City Hall’s West Façade,

Dilworth Park To Kick Off Red Bull Art of Can

Red Bull Art of Can, the nationwide creative competition that showcases artwork inspired by the iconic Red Bull can, will take over Dilworth Park through October 8 with sculptures, paintings, animations, stop-motion video clips, and interactive installations.

The multi-media art exhibition, which is free and open daily, will be highlighted Friday and Saturday night by an interactive projection mapping installation by local Philadelphia visual art studio Klip Collective. The state-of-the-art visual installation will use the west façade of Philadelphia’s iconic City Hall as its canvas and will highlight the historic architecture of the 1800s municipal building. Giving the art of projection mapping an upgrade, this installation gives the power to the people as fans can engage with a control board to create custom audio-visual compositions that are projected onto City Hall.

Red Bull Art of Can features the works of 30 competition finalists from around the country. Their art works were selected by a panel of judges from the art community, with winners announced on opening night (October 2).

Saturday, Oct 3 @ 7pm-10pm: Premier presentation of Klip Collective’s interactive projection mapping installation at Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Attendance is free!

Last night’s performance was cancelled due to bad weather. Tonight is THE NIGHT!

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Machines

The Artistry of Slot Machines, Visual and Aural CuesThe Artistry of Slot Machines

Following years of disappointing revenue, news that Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino is set to expand have emerged. The expansion is expected to add to the number of total games being offered by the casino, which in turn should allow more people to experience the artistry of slot machines.

As humans, we are creatures that are compelled by visual and aural cues, which is why casinos are often lit with bright flashy lights, ringing with bells and an assortment of other sounds. However, if there was one sense that overpowered the other on the casino floor, it would be sight.

 As Bally Technologies’ Corporate Communications manager Mike Trask said, “When you walk through a casino… you look for something that looks interesting. A player either looks for a game they like or for something that’s appealing visually”.

The imagery depicted on slot machines is crucial in terms of attracting players. Although people find familiarity in the three-reeled slot machines with falling images of fruits, gold bars and dollar signs, gamblers need more entertainment visually in order for them to be convinced of placing more bets. Illustrations have gone digital and now slot machines are utilizing video screens for impeccable graphic design. Video slots have become so popular that Total Gold, the newest player in the online casino scene, has taken to featuring various themed slots like Gonzo’s Quest, Bloodlines, and Spellcast, all with a unique look and feel.

Some themes and artistic designs have resonated over others, and when it comes to graphic design, science is just as much at play as art is. Gamblers have shown a greater preference towards the ocean-themed machines not only because of the high definition skeumorphic graphical user interface, but also because of the color blue ignites feelings of inner peace and security. There are a number of components in the provision of artwork for slot machines. In a way, graphic designers specifically for casino gaming technologies have a more difficult time in art development than other artists, since these graphic designers have to produce an interface that is prominent yet it’s still attempting to appeal to the entire crowd.

The simplicity of the three-reeled slot machine is still pulling patrons in, but now that more casinos are filled with video casino games, players are gaining appeal for higher quality playing with games like the Avatar-themed slot machines. You may not notice the impact of the slot machine artwork at first, yet you will once you realize that you’ve been sitting at the machine for several hours.

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Imaginary Reality

Tim Portlock, Imaginary RealityTim Portlock, Gold, Inkjet Print, 54″ x 72”, © Tim Portlock 2012

Main Line Art Center Unveils Award for 10th Annual
Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition 


Imaginary Reality Features Nic Coviello, Tim Portlock & Jennie Thwing
Curated by: Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center

April 1 – 30, 2014. Artist Talk and Gallery Tour: Friday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 pm. Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Associated Programs: 

  • iPainting on the Go Workshop with Nic Coviello: Thurs., April 17, 6-8:30 pm. 
  • Technology in Art: Visionary Influence Lecture with Tim Portlock: Mon., April 21, 6-7:30 pm. 
  • Still Animation Workshop with Jennie Thwing: Thurs., April 24, 6-8:30 pm

Featuring Nic Coviello, Tim Portlock, and Jennie Thwing,  Imaginary Realityrunning April 1 to 30, is the 10th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition at Main Line Art Center. Curated by Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center, Imaginary Reality explores the expansion of artistic dialogue yielded by combining traditional mediums and digital arts, and coincides with the introduction of the Center’s new digital media program.  In honor of the 10th anniversary, the Center is proud to announce the expansion of the exhibition program to include the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art.

Trained in the classic artistic mediums, each artist adopted digital technology as a means of deepening their investigations of invented landscapes, imaginary narratives, and personal identity.  In essence, they have created unique visual languages that combine painting, printmaking, digital photography, stop animation video, 3D gaming technology, performance, and installation. Contextualizing digital imagery in service of storytelling and discovery, their work exists in between and among mediums to create new and unexpected realities that challenge our definitions of self, place, and human experience.

For the past decade, Main Line Art Center has presented an exhibition each spring 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.

Nic Coviello, Imaginary RealityNic Coviello, Pole Walker, Acrylic and Digital Media on Panel, 24″ x 18″, © Nic Coviello 2012

Imaginary Reality marks an expansion of the program to include the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, which consists of a solo exhibition and award of $1000 to each selected artist.  The growth of this program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.  The application period begins April 1 and runs through September 22, 2014. The Main Line Art Center is thankful to Betsy Meyer’s family for their generous and unyielding support of the Art Center and Betsy’s artistic legacy and looks forward to granting this new award to artists annually.

The Main Line Art Center will host an artist talk and gallery tour on Friday, April 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm featuring samplings from the center’s wine sponsor, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.  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.  Additional programs for Imaginary Reality include an iPainting on the Go Workshop with Nic Coviello on Thursday, April 17 from 6 to 8:30 pm; Technology in Art: Visionary Influence, a free lecture with Tim Portlock on Monday, April 21 from 6 to 7:30 pm; and a Still Animation Workshop with Jenny Thwing on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8:30 pm.  For more information about these programs, including registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call 610.525.0272.

Colored with life experiences and the joy of studio practices, Nic Coviello’s goal is to provide the viewer with an alternate narrative on a commonplace subject.  Parklands, botanical forms, and animals provide the context for his work.  Coviello fuses traditional methods of drawing, painting, and printmaking with photographic and digital imaging techniques to get at an “elusive” real and a “concrete” imagined nature.  Appropriating photographic data and explorations in computer graphics complement his field drawing, painting, and collected fragments of nature.  Coviello creates background landscapes with painterly techniques and portrays the foreground figures with high-contrast black and white photographic elements.  Born in Connecticut, Coviello came to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he earned coordinated BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  He now lives and works in Philadelphia and has exhibited widely at venues including the Philadelphia International Airport, The Painting Center in New York, and the Korean University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea.  Coviello taught Digital Design as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and was an Artist Member and Board Member of the Nexus Foundation for the Arts from 2004 until 2009.

Tim Portlock’s lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity is the fuel behind his creative endeavors.  Educated primarily as a traditional visual artist, Portlock has worked in the past as a community-based muralist as well as a studio painter.  His current body of work includes large format print images created using 3D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the Las Vegas strip and surrounding desert. Recent work also includes large, outdoor video projections onto buildings that create temporary public art.   Portlock received a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, an MFA in Art and Design from the University of Chicago, and an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois.  Portlock is currently an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College (CUNY- New York City), and previously worked at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.  A 2011 recipient of a Pew Fellowship, Portlock has exhibited widely throughout the US and internationally including Ars Electronica in Austria, ISEA in Japan, and the Tate Modern as a member of the Artist Collective Vox Populi.

Jennie Thwing, Imaginary RealityJennie Thwing, My Black Hole:  Cold, Archival Pigment Print, 36” x 48”, © Jennie Thwing 2013

Jennie Thwing is a New York-based artist and film maker.  Using video, installation, and animation she creates imaginary narratives that reference her history, ideology, social context, family mythologies, and dreams.  Her subject matter ranges from miniature animated dioramas to historical reenactments.  All of her work involves the anthropomorphism of nature, refuse, and human environments.  Currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at SUNY Farmingdale College as well as an Associate Professor of Art at Rowan University, Thwing received her BFA in Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and went on to receive her MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts at University of Maryland. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Fondazion Mudima per l’Arte Contemporarnea in Milan, The Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) in Cyprus and the New York Studio Gallery.  Thwing was also recently chosen as a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow and a 2014 Queens Arts Fund Grant recipient.

Amie Potsic, curator of the exhibition, began her tenure as Executive Director 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 a welcoming and inclusive creative home where everyone is encouraged to create, experience, and discover the value of art.  Committed to making art more accessible, the Art Center has over 75 years of experience presenting art programs for individuals of all ages and abilities, including a unique series of Accessible Art programs for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, at-risk youth, and low income families now celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Throughout the year, Main Line Art Center presents innovative, contemporary art exhibitions in their award-winning gallery, as well as exhibitions that celebrate community.  Last year over 16,000 people chose Main Line Art Center as their home for creativity.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information about Imaginary Reality or the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, please visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610.525.0272.

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