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North

Andrea Krupp, NORTH of HEREAndrea KruppIrongrim, 20 x 16, woodcut with transfer drawing

NORTH of HERE at Twenty-Two Gallery

The Biggest Art Event of the Fall is begins this weekend: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and NORTH of HERE at Twenty-Two Gallery. Philadelphia artist Andrea Krupp is exhibiting Iceland-inspired woodcuts in conjunction with POST, in an exhibit titled “NORTH of HERE“. A bold, graphic collection of 24 works on paper that distills the artist’s experience of a 2-month painting residency in Iceland. at Twenty-Two Gallery, located near Rittenhouse Square, Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

  • October 10th through November 9th, 2014.
  • Opening Friday October 10, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Gallery Talk “Iceland, Inspiration and Insight into the Artistic Process” Saturday, October 11, 3:00pm.
  • Win a color woodcut, business card drawing, free to enter. Sunday, October 12, 5:00pm

“Philadelphia artists like me are thriving in their careers by using a creative approaches to marketing their artwork and funding their projects. I am leveraging the popularity of the well-established Philadelphia Open Studio Tours program to bring new audiences to Twenty-Two Gallery. I have designed special POST weekend events, all free and open to the public. Your audience will want to know!

I used Kickstarter for two successful fundraising and client-base-building campaigns in 2013 and 2014. The woodcut that I am offering at the business card drawing is one of my 2014 Kickstarter “rewards”. Most artists cannot depend on just gallery sales to make a sustainable living as an artist.   Most artists need to think outside-the-box to create opportunities for themselves.   I think it would make a great segment. Thanks for your consideration!” – Andrea Krupp

“Visit during POST Weekend, October 11 and 12, and and receive special discounts on every piece in Andrea Krupp‘s exhibition. Take $50 off framed artwork over $300, $20 off framed artwork under $300. Purchase an unframed piece and get 15% off professional framing by B and K Fine Arts. Also, enter to win a hand-printed, limited edition color woodcut, every visitor is eligible, just stop in and drop your card in the box.”

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. Join us for the 15th Anniversary Party on Thursday October 9! This milestone Tour season also includes weekend self-guided tours East and West of Broad Street from Noon to 6pm; a series of special events; and Guided Trolley ToursNeed more info on how to navigate the Tour? Check out the Tour Planner.

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People, Places & Things

Reta Sweeney, Twenty-Two GalleryReta Sweeney, People, Places & Things, Twenty-Two Gallery

New work by Philadelphia artist Reta Sweeney July 12th through August 4th, 2013. Artist reception Friday, July 12th, 6 – 9:00pm.

“I began painting at a very young age, not knowing what I was doing of course, and minored in art in my college preparatory high school. I have continued to search for that really good painting I feel is inside me somewhere. So, in that quest I have studied at Fleisher Art Memorial, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The  Woodmere Art Museum, Bucks County Community College, Rowan University and have taken numerous workshops with well-known artists. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art.

I paint still life and plein air alla prima. But, interest in people has brought me to both my nursing career and to my love of the figure in art.  In this group of paintings I have enjoyed capturing people in their daily lives…in whatever they happen to be doing.

And the quest and the passion continues…” Reta Sweeney

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Vestige: An Industrial Perspective

Jessica Barber, Twenty-Two Gallery

Jessica Barber, Vestige: An Industrial PerspectiveTwenty-Two GalleryDancer, mono-print, $1000.00

“My style is highly intuitive, drawing inspiration from a variety of subject matter. Most often, I gravitate toward capturing the essence of the human form in a loose, expressive manner, using color and texture as my primary focus. Combining monotype printmaking with painting and pastels is my favorite vehicle for creating these images . I utilize monotypes, lithographs or other prints as a textural base, then create subsequent layers in other media until I’ve achieved the desired result. My goal is not to render my subject exactly as it appears, but rather to interpret the spirit of the form and my internal perceptions related to it.” – Jessica Barber

Jessica Barber, Twenty-Two Gallery

Jessica BarberVestige: An Industrial PerspectiveTwenty-Two Gallery

Jessica Barber‘sVestige: An Industrial Perspective at Twenty-Two Gallery in Center City West includes a marvelous variety of mono-prints, lithographs and mixed media paintings all based on the wasting industrial infrastructure of Chester PA. Photographer Jeff Stroud and DoN visited the artist on a sultry Sunday afternoon to view her new work and learn more about the process of printmaking and her inspirations.

“All of the large pieces were printed at BYO Print in Kensington on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The smaller prints were all done at The Plastic Club with the exception of my one etching which was done in Miami. Fulwood Press in Miami, actually I have piece in a show down in Miami. I was involved in a group show through Projects Gallery up here but they also have a branch there. So when I participated in that show a couple years ago I thought, ‘You know? I have family down in Miami. Why don’t I go join the piece that I sent down there and go for the closing reception.

It was really nice, very, very nice. My family from down there came to the closing reception with me. Right across the street from it was this print shop and I was like a kid in a candy store. Because they have this huge vertical press that comes down and you can set the exact pressure. So, I definitely put it on my list for the next time I go down there, if I have the time I’ll do a couple etchings there. I usually don’t have the time to do etchings while I’m up here.”

Jessica Barber, Twenty-Two Gallery

Jessica BarberVestige: An Industrial PerspectiveTwenty-Two Gallery

Why don’t you have the time here?

“The etching process you have to do a lot of experimenting with acid bath, knowing how long to keep the plates in the acid. And just that process in itself, as far as preparing the plate is rather lengthy.”

Etchings are different than lithographs?

“Yes. When I’m up here I stick to the more immediate processes for me which would be the monotypes, the prints and the lithographs on polyester plates. Because I can work around my two and one half jobs, I can go in at night and I can pull a bunch of prints in marathon sessions at The Plastic Club.”

Jessica Barber, Twenty-Two Gallery

Jessica BarberVestige: An Industrial PerspectiveTwenty-Two Gallery. Over Her Head, mono-print, $300.00

Why is your show called Vestige?

Vestige refers to things that just have gone beyond their useful purpose or there is an absence now because whatever they were there for is gone. A lot of the imagery I use would fit into that because the objects are there and they fit into peoples everyday environment. However the industriousness that went along with those objects and what they were used for is there no longer. It’s the vestige of the industrial past.

And some of the figures are inspired by that whole adaptation between that type of environment and the humans that are there that have to live with it. And they have to deal with that environment. I go to Chester a lot, that’s an area that if the right people would take care of it there could be a revitalization of that area. Just like what’s happening in Fishtown or when I went to Miami.

One of my pieces is inspired by Miami in the Wynwood Arts District, which is an area full of old warehouses that has become an area full of art galleries and coffee shops. But you can still see the vestiges of the industrial life from before.”

Jessica Barber, Twenty-Two Gallery

Jessica Barber, Gateway, mono-print, $850.00, Vestige: An Industrial PerspectiveTwenty-Two Gallery through July 7th, 2013.

“In this exhibit, Jessica Barber’s mixed media and fine art prints concentrate on symbols of our industrial past: what is left of structures no longer in use, now relics of an often forgotten period of prosperity.  She explores this reality through portraits of these structures, along with images depicting the perspectives of humans co-existing and adapting as their environments further disintegrate into decay or transition into renewed vitality.  Among pipelines and condemned homes, scrap yards, and rapidly revitalizing neighborhood corridors, she examines traces of the past, and hints of the evolution yet to come.” – Twenty-Two Gallery website.

Jessica Barber has an art gallery in Chester called Art on Avenue of the States which is part of the arts and cultural revitalization of the city. They are partnering with PPL Park and with Harrah’s Casino so that people who go to the waterfront in Chester and then get right on the highway and go straight home will discover the bridge the artists are building between the community and the gambling entertainment complex. Buy art – it will revitalize your life. You can’t lose.

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Twenty-Two Gallery, 22 Artists

Elisabeth Oliver, Twenty-Two Gallery, 22 Artists

Elisabeth OliverTwenty-Two Gallery, 22 Artists

236 South 22 Street, Philadelphia. PA, 215 772 1911, hours Wednesday through Sunday 12:00 – 6:00pm.

“Elisabeth began painting with watercolors at a young age and became very serious about her art in high school. She spent high school weekends and summers studying at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.” –  Elisabeth Oliver

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Derek Jecxz, Forsaken Waters, Twenty-Two Gallery

Derek Jecxz, Forsaken Waters, Twenty-Two Gallery

Derek Jecxz, Forsaken WatersTwenty-Two Gallery

Derek JecxzForsaken WatersTwenty-Two Gallery is a collection of photographs of desolate scenes of water, eerily beautiful and mysterious landscapes far from civilization. The exhibition is a combination of photographs printed on paper and aluminum, DoN spoke with the artist at the opening about the process to print on metal. Derek Jecxz explained, “About sixteen or seventeen of them are on aluminum and they were very difficult to do. There is probably between five and ten hours work in each one. Cleaning the aluminum, getting the chemicals off of it, sanding the aluminum multiple times and then prepping it again and then coating it with a chemical so that I could then get it through and printed on.”

Derek Jecxz, Forsaken Waters, Twenty-Two Gallery

Derek JecxzForsaken WatersTwenty-Two Gallery

“And then it has to dry for five days, then I have to varnish it, and then I have to trim it off the big metal sheet.”

“Wow!” said DoN. “I know!.” said Derek, “I think I bit off more than I could chew. And then you have to try and keep it flat. I’m using an Epson 9800, but I’m not running the metal directly through, I attach it to a carrier sheet, I didn’t have the confidence of running the metal right through. So I tape it to a big sheet of paper and run that paper through, this way I’m not going to ruin the printer on the edges. That was my main fear.”

Derek Jecxz, Forsaken Waters, Twenty-Two Gallery

Derek JecxzForsaken WatersTwenty-Two Gallery

DoN asked if it’s such a laborious process how did Jecxz decide which images to use? “Well, I knew the subject of the show was going to be water because that was my predominant theme. When I did a series of tests I noticed that if a picture had a light element in it, it allowed the luminescence of the aluminum to shine through, so that was an easy decision for me. The process was difficult because of a lot of false starts, I tried stainless steel, I tried different sanding techniques – a lot of false starts.

DoN wondered why the photographer didn’t use a commercial producer? “I did find two vendors, one vendor sells aluminum sheets with a max width of twenty inches, I can’t use that with medium format photography for big prints twenty inches doesn’t work. Another company sells very, very shiny aluminum and it’s not what I liked.”

Derek Jecxz, Forsaken Waters, Twenty-Two Gallery

Derek JecxzForsaken WatersTwenty-Two Gallery

Distinguishing between the aluminum and paper prints is difficult, which is which?  Derek Jecxz explained, “Anything with plexi is paper anything that has no cover is aluminum. You can see my hand from sanding it, everything is personal, I stamp each one and everything is unique. So this starts out as a three by three foot sheet, I hand sand it for about five hours multiple times and then the process goes from there. The smaller ones were easier than the larger ones but you can see where the white really came through.”

Derek Jecxz shoots with Hasselblad , some film, some digital but most of the photographs are digital. DoN commented that whenever he takes his camera to the beach it doesn’t work so well because of the humidity. Derek said, “I was standing in the water, probably knee deep or higher, with the waves crashing in. I will risk the gear to take the shot, the gear is irrelevant. You’re there to make a picture not protect your gear.”

The illusion of whiteness in Derek Jecxz‘s photographs is uncanny, the somewhat matte finish to the metal shows through where white in the picture is because printers don’t print white ink. The presentation is exquisite with the photographs mounted in hand-made frames, the room filled with images of distant places and primordial seascapes. Twenty-Two Gallery is located on 22nd Street and has twenty-two member artists, the solo show in the front gallery visible from the street and an intimate gallery with works by the twenty-one other member artists.

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