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Out of Hand

Out of Hand, Gina Michaels at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Blue Fingers, bronze, 22 x 17 x 14″, Rushen (detail), bronze, 20 x 13 x 10″

Out of HandGina Michaels’ solo show at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

October 12 – November 2, 2013, Artist’s Reception Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 5:00-8:00pm

From the beginning, Gina Michaels sculpture is Out of Hand. Her sculpture practice starts in a sandbox. She presses her hands (and feet) into casting sand, sculpting directly in the mold. She then ladles molten bronze directly into the hollows created by the body. The resulting forms are welded into “Hand Plants,” at once animal, vegetable and mineral. They can be read as lovingly cultivated hybrids, or as random and disturbing mutations. The work is full of visual puns and double entendres, with a dose of slapstick. Sometimes modeled figures perch in trees that grow out of the palm of a hand, adding a narrative, mythic dimension. The work can be as small as a few inches high, or eight feet tall. In addition to creating sculpture, Michaels makes nature prints, which will also be on view.

Gina Michaels work will be at iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Germantown from October 12 – November 2. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday October 12, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. iMPeRFeCT Gallery is a not-for-profit alternative art space that is both international and community based. Founders Renny Molenaar and Rocio Cabello bring their experience running alternative spaces in New York, contributing a new voice to the Philadelphia art community.

Gina Michaels artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including Paula Barr Chelsea Gallery, Ceres Gallery, and the Prince Street Gallery in New York City; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey; the Woodmere Art Museum, City Hall, Fairmount Park and Projects Gallery in Philadelphia; and the El Paso in Palm Desert, California. Additional information about the artist and her work can be found at

iMPeRFeCT Gallery info: 5601 Greene Street, Philadelphia PA 19144. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1:00 – 6:00pm. The gallery will also be open 1:00 – 6:00 on Sunday October 20 for POST 2013,  Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

contact: Renny Molenaar or Rocio Cabello

(917) 957-4504 or  (215) 869-1001,

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Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE (Multimedia Artwork). Saturday, April 6-Saturday, April 27.  Opening April 6 from 6-9 p.m.  iMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5601 Greene Street, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA 19144.  Facebook:


Bonnie MacAllister’s “SPECTACLE” show features new work in 2D, 3D, fiber, metal prints.  She creates cross-genre work fusing performance, photography, fiber art, and painting.

MacAllister chronicles a spectacle in viewpoints: whether as the cineaste documenting surveillance in an artist’s garden in her short film, “Fighting the Creep” or time lapses in fiber art in the music video “Girl Gangs” projected in the gallery on a vintage 1930s pop up screen.  Her figure painting reveals the abnormalities in gender and in form, rendered in encaustic, collage, oil stick, and oil paint she hand mixes from pigment.  Sixteen new photographic pieces dye printed on aluminum at 10″ x 10″ hint at holographic Holga effects with subjects including botanical, Aztec dance, and other worldly scenes captured in camera. Since 2012, MacAllister has been creating body sized pillows featuring her photographic imagery. Expect to see the same motifs on hard and soft surfaces in an ambitious installation, the largest collection of these pillows to date.  MacAllister has taken her imagery to a new medium: fiber.  She is digitally embroidering her images captured in Ethiopia, at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, in the rural South, in Los Angeles, and in Philadelphia onto beautiful silk from saris.  The result? Something quite spectacular.

MacAllister’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999. She has previously exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, Galeria  in Mexico, the Utopia Library in Italy, Boricua College, University of Pennsylvania, Finlandia University, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Plastic Club, International House Philly, and the Center for Green Urbanism in DC.  Her films have been screened in Norway, NY, LA, and UK.  MacAllister is a 2009 Fulbright-Hays awardee to Ethiopia and a 2007 Pushcart Prize nominee.  She has performed at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Cat Cat Club in Paris.  She is a member of NextFab Studios, where she has created much of the work for this exhibition. For her full accomplishments, visit For her blog, visit  

During the run of the show, iMPeRFeCT Gallery will feature musical, performance, and film events, including a performance event (featuring bands live scoring films) on Saturday, April 13 curated by MacAllister and her multimedia label Certain Circuits.  The last Saturday, April 27 will mark the gallery’s traditional “Last Supper” fundraiser during which MacAllister will give a talk during an intimate supper in the exhibition. The gallery even offers the surprise of the “Red Room,” where a guest artist will devise an installation in a non-traditional space.

 The iMPeRFeCT Gallery is a not-for-profit alternative art space dedicated to the voice of the artist. We are an international, community based exhibition space in Germantown, Philadelphia, where we’ll celebrate the work that comes out of passion.  Founded by Renny Molenaar and Rocio Cabello, the iMPeRFeCT Gallery was created with the intention and hope of becoming a voice in our community and in the ongoing conversation with the art world. Our approach to this work is that of facilitator, where artists of very different persuassions can present themselves and their work with as much freedom as possible.  Our programing will include monthly exhibitions, performances and other events; it is also our intention to bring art out of the gallery, with the creation of works in public places, the publishing of limited edition prints and an active presence on the Internet.  We as artists strongly believe in the transformative powers that the arts bring to our lives, we want to share that experience and inspire action and change.  For the full event schedule during the month of April, visit