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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.

Thank you to Heather Karlie Vieira for the content of this post.

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Northeast Kingdom, Andrew Frost, Gravy Studio

Northeast Kingdom, Andrew Frost, Gravy Studio

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

On First Friday this month, I was excited to finally visit Gravy Studio, located in Fishtown, which serves as a space that promotes local photographers and their work.  As a photographer with a particular fondness for the darkroom, I was especially interested in attending the opening reception for Northeast Kingdom by Andrew Frost.  Not only does this body of work contain black and white images captured on film, but I felt compelled to learn more about the mystery surrounding his project.

Northeast Kingdom, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

Northeast Kingdom, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

Artist Statement:

“These photographs were made in the Northeast area of the state of Vermont, an area known as the Northeast Kingdom. It’s where my family has lived for more than 200 years. My father joined the Navy when he was a teenager as a way to get out of the rural area, and growing up we never went back, though I always imagined what it was like. Over the past several years, I’ve been traveling there, exploring my past, and making photographs.”

Andrew Frost has been making large format photographs within and surrounding the small town of Groton, Vermont, where his relatives have lived for more that two hundred years. In the late 1970’s, his father left and joined the Navy as a teenager. As Andrew was growing up, his family moved constantly, and he had never personally experienced his heritage in Vermont. He always imagined “a magical place, with mountains, rivers, and lakes, and a land of tree houses and caves — the kind of place where kids were free to ride their bikes to the village store.”

Northeast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy StudioNortheast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

Finally in 2010, he visited his roots for the first time and began photographing the world he had often envisioned. Because of his nomadic upbringing, the Northeast Kingdom held a mythical sense of history for Frost as he had been enamored by the stories of his father’s youth.  On his initial visit to Vermont, he had instantly felt a deep connection and a sense of belonging.  For the next 3 years, Frost had made frequent trips to the area, and brought his 8 x 10 view camera to record and discover his origins on a journey of self-exploration.

Northeast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy StudioNortheast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

Documenting with a view camera was a slow and gradual process, which complimented the way of life in rural Vermont. Some of his subjects are relatives, others are strangers. Frost’s images are beautiful and expressively rich in their black and white tonality. Several of the captures could easily be mistaken as having been made in the distant past – including an image containing elements of a wall photo of a vintage car combined with an antiquated radio, to a photograph of a soldier leaving for boot camp. Before I knew any of the backstory regarding this project, I asked Andrew about the timeline and for details as for when these particular images were captured (as I initially thought that these could have been enlargements made from old negatives).

Northeast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

Andrew Frost explained:

“I don’t know for certain what type of car is in the photo, and as far as I know it’s a clock radio – it’s at my grandmother’s house, and she’s had it for a very long time. The photograph of the soldier, Jeremy, was made the day he left for boot camp. It was the 4th of July in 2011. He’s my aunt’s husband’s sister’s son, and in that area there aren’t a lot of career options. Your choices are mostly limited to farming, ministry, or the military, and he chose to enlist when he finished high school.”

Northeast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew FrostGravy Studio

This poignant collection of work initially evokes feelings of melancholy, isolation, sterility, and stagnation in a pastoral land where time appears to be standing still. Yet these observations will eventually transition the viewer towards feelings of hope, beauty, tenderness, and human connection. The exhalation and inner peace that has resulted in this journey of self-realization and reflection are undoubtedly witnessed when viewing Northeast Kingdom.

Northeast Kingdon, Andrew Frost, Gravy StudioNortheast KingdomAndrew Frost at Gravy Studio is on display through December 31st. Gravy Studio & Gallery, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122, (267) 825-7071, gravy-studio.com, gravy.photo@gmail.com

Andrew Frost was born in Yokosuka, Japan. He has an MFA from Syracuse University, and currently lives in Northern New Jersey where he makes books for Conveyor Arts.

Gravy Studio & Gallery is a collaborative photography workspace and gallery located near the Frankford Arts Corridor.  Serving as a multifunctional space that promotes the work of local photographers, opening receptions are held on the First Friday of every month.

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Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

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Peter Prusinowski @ Fishtown Airways

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Peter Prusinowski @ Fishtown Airways

Peter Prusinowski @ Fishtown Airways, 200 East Girard Ave. Prusinowski is a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, a great honor bestowed on outstanding artists allowing them to exhibit works in group shows, receive publicity, opportunities and support from the Center. Peter is a photography purist who works in a wet dark room and is not interested in digital photography in the least. As he explained to DoN, Peter attempts to emulate masters such as Man Ray who was able to achieve solarization on film which appears like magic in the development process.

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Prusinowski’s show at Fishtown Airways focusses on the history of Fishtown and the Penn Treaty, combining historic documents and photographs alongside his own studies of the area. A story of community and it’s importance to the early development of the USA emerges with bucolic river views, charming residences and quirky scenes from the centuries old village inhabited by long time residents and young growing families.

peter prusinowski

A group of historic documents including old newspaper articles, graphics and papers shed light on the Penn Treaty and the importance of this river town and it’s people.

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East Girard Avenue is on the east side of the Frankford El with restaurants, bars, shops and a lively street scene. Fishtown Airways corner is bright and sunny, the gallery painted a buttery yellow, the art pops off the wall against the restful color. Proprietor , Bob Murphy is planning to open an ice cream shop along the broad avenue making this section of Fishtown a family friendly destination as well as an art outpost along with Johnnie Brenda‘s, High Wire and Bambi. Shoshka and DoN had a blast talking with the locals and hanging out on the corner.

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