Archive: March, 2013
If you’re hooked on Instagram and other photo editing apps, this contest is for you! Bring out your inner-Warhol by downloading the D.I.Y. POP iPhone app. The app allows you to take any photo on your device and transform it into your own colorful, digital silkscreen print in no time.
The Warhol Museum of Pittsburg and Acclaro have announced an exciting social media contest that asks you, the artist, to submit your D.I.Y. POP app creation for a chance to win big prizes. Submit your original POP work of art to Acclaro’s Facebook page, fill out the contest entry form and include a description telling them why your image is an iconic representation of your culture.
The Grand Prize winner will win a trip for two to Pittsburg that includes airfare, hotel accommodations, Warhol Museum entry and a private tour of their current exhibition.
Mary Sydnor, Photos & Captions by Lawrence O’Toole
You can still see Philadelphia through the ages. This is most obvious in Old City, where you can see Philly as it was in colonial times, but it’s also true of later eras. The city’s history is tattooed into its walls.
This is the history graphic designer Lawrence O’Toole discovered when creating his book Fading Signs of Philadelphia, which chronicles advertisements throughout the ages. Many of the deteriorating hand painted signs of Philadelphia are still visible today, if you know where to look.
Surrounded by modern neon and plastic, the ghost signs of Philadelphia peek out to remind us of Philadelphia in the early 20th century. From the early days of motorized transportation to the first movie theatres showing Talkies, O’Toole has captured the evolution advertisement. The beautiful, clear handcrafted lettering stands in stark contrast to modern signage.
From couture to costume, high fashion has always had roots in the arts world. Think of the Roberto Capucci exhibit that impressed audiences in 2011 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Now, the Institute of Contemporary Art has made room for another fashion exhibit in Philly’s art scene.
White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart, brings together the work of over 25 artists channeling fashion. From actual racks of clothing to pieces that contemplate branding or use fashionable fabrics, this exhibit explores every aspect of fashion and advertizing. The exhibit even includes outlandish masks, jewelry, and pieces reminiscent of costumes.
The exhibit is on view now through July 28. Learn more at the ICA’s website.
Amanda V. Wagner
Abandoned bicycle parts and lonely scraps haunt the images of award-winning photographer, Raphael Xavier’s, documentary photo project No Bicycle Parking.
Many of the 400 images in Xavier’s series were taken in Philadelphia. Over 10 years, the photographer collected and captured these sad images of stripped bikes. March 21 and 22, No Bicycle Parking will show at The Painted Bride Art Center.
During this time Xavier invites bike owners and gallery attendees to share personal stories about their own experiences with lost or stripped bikes. According to the Painted Bride's website, “Stories from owners of abandoned bikes may be selected for inclusion in the upcoming printed, large-format art volume of Raphael Xavier’s abandoned bicycle art photographs.”
Our city has one of the largest public art programs in the United States. Thanks to Mural Arts, and a number of other local art foundations, we're able to gaze at beautiful murals on almost any street corner in any neighborhood. Here are just a few of our hand picked favorites.
Amanda V. Wagner
The current works exhibiting at AIGA's Philadelphia Space, MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps, focuses on cartography––the study and practice of creating representations of the earth on a flat surface.
Featuring more than a dozen contributing artists, the exhibition reimagines maps. Drawn, dissected, and painted over, each work displayed in the show provides a new look into an old art.
The exhibition, curated by Yulia Tikhonova, challenges visitors to question the message behind the paper whether it’s political, territorial, or directional each piece reveals something different. Visit AIGA’s Philadelphia Space, to check out MAPnificent: Artists Use Maps, before the exhibition closes at the end of the month of March.
For the last 3 years, Paradigm Gallery has become a major hub for culture, community and the arts in Philadelphia. Sara McCorriston and Jason Chen originally opened the doors of their first space on 20th and South sreets in 2010 on an impulse. With nearly fresh college degrees in hand—and young passionate drive—they risked what little they had to start something bigger than themselves. Since first opening, they’ve hosted over 30 unique shows, received a grant from The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts for a Resident Artist Program and managed to move to their current location on 4th Street’s Fabric Row.
Sara is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, working with 3D forms such as sculpture, mixed media and fibers. Jason is a fine art photographer, University of the Arts teacher and video artist for Juggling Wolf. The pair first conceived the gallery as an opportunity to showcase their own work, but it naturally transformed into an approach for the artistic world to become more accessible. “We have always looked for ways to make galleries less intimidating,” says Sara. “It’s amazing how many people stand at the window looking in at the artwork for long periods of time, but are actually nervous to come inside a gallery space.”
By creating a less intimidating gallery environment, they attracted young, regional, unknown artists—many ultimately invited to do solo shows. Sara and Jason discovered many of these hidden talents by hosting open invitation art shows; as a result, they’ve grown their network of artists, friends, and partners. “I love to think that we gave artists a chance to show at a gallery that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to,” says Sara. “But sometimes I think that we’re just really lucky that we happened to take notice of them before someone else did. We have hosted so many first solo shows for artists in the space and they’ve all rocked the opportunity with flying colors.”
Every Tuesday night, after 10:00pm, upcoming filmmakers and daring film lovers are welcomed to have a drink and enjoy Fancy Pants Cinema’s short film screenings. Held at The Lounge of restaurant North Third, the event is always free, so the only cash you might want to bring is for the booze and the menu, which runs until midnight.
Fancy Pants is the amorphous lovechild of the cinematic experience and the age old past time of getting blasted on rum with friends on movie night. Officially running for five years, the event now has at least 240 screenings beneath its belt. Throughout its run, Fancy Pants and the Lounge have hosted an expanded variety of people, projects and programs, from the Sundance Channel to the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to Drexel’s DUTV.
Fancy Pants Cinema also touts the unique format of a semi open mic-style approach to their screenings. For the hipsters who yearn for “pure” entertainment, no films are pre-selected, assuring that screenings remain completely unbiased. Instead, filmmakers are encouraged to provide the night’s entertainment by arriving armed with their own personal projects and ready to give a few words of introduction to audience.