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Warbler Migration

Deirdre Murphy and Scott White

Deirdre Murphy and Scott White, Warbler Migration

Wife-husband collaborators and UPenn School of Design faculty Deirdre Murphy
and Scott White recently completed a 5 by 25 foot sculpture that was installed last month in the burgeoning Silicon Valley city of Dublin, CA.

The project, which took nearly two years to complete, combines Murphy’s fine arts expertise and climate science research with White’s unique knowledge of digital modeling and 1930’s car design. Murphy and White will be discussing the groundbreaking project at UArts’ Design Philadelphia event this October, detailing their unusual design and build process—an integration of traditional and digital fabrication techniques.

Warbler Migration was inspired by a shy species that resides in the Dublin ecosystem, and one which Murphy developed a particular fondness for in the course of her research. She has been researching the effects of global warming on bird migration for several years, using the visual data that scientists share with her to conceptualize and execute her paintings. The couple sees the opportunity to create environmentally-aware public art as an especially fulfilling one because of the potential to touch so many lives.

“Climate change has created new flight patterns; birds are staying in their summer homes longer, depleting the food supply they rely on to fuel their autumn journey,” says Murphy. “As educators, it’s important for us to share this knowledge. Embedding information about climate change in our art is a softer way to reach a broader audience.”

It was White’s task to take Murphy’s mesmerizing depictions of flocking birds and activate them into 3D space, which he did by digitally designing, then hand cutting and assembling more than 500 aluminum plates into a handcrafted hyperbolic curve.

Murphy’s and White’s presentation will take place Monday, October 9 at 6.30 at 211 South Broad Street, Terra Hall, room 511/513. Process art from Warbler Migration will be on display, along with the Industrial Design NOW exhibition prior to the presentation, from 5:00-6:30. The event is free and open to the public.

Deirdre Murphy and Scott White

Deirdre Murphy is an adjunct professor of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, at institutions including the Philadelphia International Airport, New Bedford Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation award, and is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia; her work can be viewed at www.deirdremurphyart.com.

Scott White is a senior lecturer in animation at the University of Pennsylvania. His sculpture, animation, and designs have been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Design Philadelphia, Philly Works, Woodmere Art Museum, Gross McCleaf Gallery, and the Abington Art Center. Scott has been a visiting artist at institutions such as Philadelphia University, Moore College, and Wilmington University, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and is the owner and operator of Preservation Coachworks LLC.

Thank you to Christina Cook, Media Relations, Deirdre Murphy Art for the content of this post.

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Spinning

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckSpinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers featuring Carol Golemboski (left) and Blue Mitchell (right)

Spinning Yarns : Photographic Storytellers

Written and photographed by Laura Storck

To spin a yarn: (idiomatic) To tell or create a story, especially one which is lengthy or far-fetched (Source: wikitionary.org). The twenty-three photographers featured in this show reach outside of the scope of this simple definition. They are masters of their craft as portrayed through the feelings provoked by the stunning narratives that each artist individually conveys to the viewer.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckRachel Girard Reisert, Still series, archival inkjet prints

Spinning Yarns was curated by Anne Leighton Massoni, UArts Photography Program Director, and Libby Rowe, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After nearly five years as a traveling exhibition, this show is wrapping up and the photographs will be auctioned off to support student scholarships for the UArts Photography program. Eighty-one framed images are available for purchase.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckRachel Girard Reisert, Bee (from Still series), 2007, archival ink jet print

Several of the artists’ stories are personally moving, such as Joy Christiansen Erb’s series Portrait of a Mother, which explores motherhood, family, and illness. Rachel Girard Reisert’s Still series shines a light on a smaller universe that routinely takes shape in the backyard. Anne Massoni’s project, Holding Leighton, explores concepts of memory and evidence of experience and existence. And each amusing image that Andy Bloxham’s Beta series provides a limited glimpse into a larger anecdotal account.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckMorgan KonnRebecca, Undergraduate Student, Art (from Her House, Her Clothes series), 2006, Lightjet Print

Using photography as their chosen art form, each artist’s narrative simply pulls the spectator in…further…beyond the image, and subsequently plugs both into an engaging dialogue. A new awareness can emerge, as well as a distinctive ending, all depending on the unique experiences and mindset of the viewer — thus the yarn has spun.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckMorgan Konn_First Year Law Student (from Her House, Her Clothes series), 2006, Lightjet Print

All images can be seen and starting bids made here: www.paddle8.com/auction/uarts. However, I encourage everyone to see these photographs in person, if possible, on display at UArts’ Hamilton Hall. For me, the experience of tangibly engaging with each of these images in person is ethereal, intense, and penetrating.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckJoy Christiansen ErbPortrait of a Mother Series, 2010, archival pigment prints

The online auction is already taking place through noon on Friday, October 9th, with a live auction and closing reception from 6-8 pm. Auction catalogs can be purchased from Anne Massoni at amassoni@uarts.edu for $15. For more information, please visit: http://www.uarts.edu/spinningyarns.

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckGrace WestonFuji Crystal,  Archive C-prints

Participating Artists:

Spinning Yarns, Photographic Storytellers, Laura StorckAnne Leighton MassoniHolding Leighton series, archival pigment prints

The University of the Arts, Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, 320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, (215) 717-6300

Written and photographed by Laura Storck

Laura Storck Photography ARTIST. SCIENTIST. PHOTOGRAPHER. ROCK STAR.: https://laurastorck.wordpress.com/

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Here

Joseph Opshinsky Here & ThereFrameWorks Studio & Gallery presents: Joseph Opshinsky Here & There

October 10 – November 28, 2015. Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 2015: 5-8 P.M.

On display beginning October 10th, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery proudly presents Here & There, a solo exhibition featuring twelve new cut-paper collages by Joseph Opshinsky. From the artist who created last spring’s popular Philadelphia A to Z series, Here & There showcases large-scale collages inspired by two Pennsylvania cities significant in the artist’s life – Scranton and Philadelphia.

The exhibition runs October 10 to November 28 with an artist’s opening reception on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception at FrameWorks Studio & Gallery are FREE and open to the public. Through Here & ThereJoseph Opshinsky invites the viewer to explore the two locales through the eyes of one who has called both cities, “home”. Though connected to each city, Opshinsky’s depictions juxtapose the observations of a native resident, intimately tied to the region’s heritage, to that of a transplanted inhabitant – observing and creating history anew.

In Here & ThereJoseph Opshinsky demonstrates an evolution of his unique medium, cut paper collage, elevating his craft with the increased intricacy and delicacy. The vibrant color palette further enhances the divergent perspectives. In the Scranton works, Opshinsky’s palette – a stark contrast from the traditionally muted colors of post-industrial representations – challenges the viewer to discover the unexpected beauty in forgotten or overlooked settings. In contrast, the bold assemblage of cut paper revealing Philadelphia’s most iconic landscapes offers the historic landmarks a renewed vibrancy, created by fresh perspective.

Joseph Opshinsky’s award-winning work has been selected for regional exhibitions at galleries, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Savery Gallery, Roberson Museum, and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, since 2004. Most recently, Opshinsky’s small scale cut-paper collage series, Philadelphia A-Z, was featured in a joint exhibition with Philadelphia-artist, Mark Price at FrameWorks Studio & Gallery. In addition, Opshinsky has completed seven public murals for the City of Scranton. Opshinsky is a fine arts graduate of The University of the Arts and Keystone College.

FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, serving the Philadelphia community since 2008, is located at 2103 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. FrameWorks Studio & Gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday by appointment. For more information on Here & There, call 215.567.6800 or visit www.JosephOpshinsky.com

Thank you to Kylie P. Grant, UArts BFA ’03 (Painting & Drawing), Owner,FrameWorks Studio & Gallery for the content of this post.

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Francis C. Tucker

Francis C. Tucker, The AlchemistThe Voice of the Turtle is Heard in Our Land, 2010, egg and size, 13″ x 19.75″, Francis Courtland Tucker 

Francis C. Tucker, The Alchemist, Exhibition of Paintings, October 21st through December 20th, 2013. Opening Reception: November 4th, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00pm

President’s Office Gallery, University of the Arts, 1st Floor, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA, 19102, 215-717-6564

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