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in December

 

Automat Fire Sale

December 1st. 319 N 11th St.

We're baaaaack! Help us celebrate our grand re-opening and support our programming with a good ole-fashioned fire sale (pun intended).

Works for sale by 40+ regional artists will be priced at a steal, with nothing over $200. The AUTOMAT Vending Machine that first debuted during Miami Art Week returns with small works by members of AUTOMAT Collective, perfectly priced for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Mark your calendars and come celebrate the reopening of the 319 Building!

 

Look Up: New Paintings by Nick Cassway

December 1st. Colorspace Labs. 

1714 N Mascher St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

This First Friday at Colorspace Labs Artist Nick Cassway presents Look Up, a collection of new paintings that depict ways that cosmological phenomena are viewed and considered. The paintings are created using computer cut stencils and paired with audacious color palettes resulting in bold, impactful imagery-combining an expressive drawing style with a crisp machined edge.

In 1680, when Halley’s comet was observed, it signalled to some of the more mystical members of religious societies that the world would end within the next two decades. Obviously that didn’t happen, and many ends of the worlds have come and gone in the past 337 years. As the eclipse of 2017 drew a shadow across the sun’s face, we all looked to the sky with amazement. Some of us wondered, with the world as dark as it has been in recent days, that perhaps this was a foreboding sign.

From fireballs to comets to the eclipse, the work in Look Up highlights this fascination with unnatural celestial phenomena and our proclivity to look for meaning in these events

 

New Bloods Artist Talks: moderated by Anna Neighbor

FJord. 1400 N American St #105.

Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd at 4 PM. Longtime FJORD friend, artist, and teacher, Anna Neighbor will be moderating question and conversation with the artists of "New Bloods": Kyle Kogut, Doah Lee, Theo Mullen and Joy O. Ude.

 

Holiday Art Fair: Center for Creative Works and Friends

Wednesday, December 6 at 4 PM - 9 PM

4014 Walnut St

This year we're excited to be host a unique holiday art sale event at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. The Holiday Art Fair: Center for Creative Works and Friends is a combination art sale, concert, and fashion show, a fun evening of exciting new art.

The Sale features talented artists from CCW and local Philadelphia artists and artisans. Shop for comics, t shirts, drawings, paintings, ceramics, clothing, prints, and much more!

Artist vendors include:

Owen Ahearn-Browning, Anna McGlynn, Dog-Pasta, E.Rega, Julia Sallamack, Leks Kamihira, Ken McNelis, Lydia Thompson, Mary T. Bevlock, Nick Norman, Scott Porcelli, Thomas Lampion, Tim Eads, Vinetta Miller, Wendy Moreno, Heather Walker

 

Project-Philly Fall Benefit Concert

A Cappella Project - Philadelphia

Friday, December 8 at 8 PM - 10 PM

1906 Rittenhouse Sq, 

Join Project Philly for our Fall Benefit Concert! Featuring the musical stylings of Project Philly’s Reprise, & Reverb, as well as guests the Baldwin B-Flats and The Liberty Belles Chorus.

Admission is $5, and a bake sale and raffle will support the Ani Fiordimondo Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, which allows promising students in need to attend the Walnut Street Theatre’s summer camp.

 

Opening Reception | Process and Practice

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Friday, December 15 at 6 PM - 8 PM

1214 Arch St

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation". Curated by Executive Director Susan Lubowsky Talbott, "Process and Practice" reveals a rarely-seen side of the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program through the unpacking of its unique collection of Artist Boxes. Displayed will be notes, sketches, tests and models from sixty boxes, including those of such celebrated artists as Laurie Anderson, Chris Burden, Cai Guo-Qiang and Kara Walker. Paired with completed works from the permanent collection, the boxes reveal the private thoughts and creative leaps of artists exploring unfamiliar materials, testing ideas and ultimately producing new works. The exhibition serves as a tribute to the enduring vision of its late founder, Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud and marks the conclusion of The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s 40th anniversary year.

 

The evening will include a celebration of our 40th with birthday cakes to mark each of FWM’s four decades as a pioneering force for artistic innovation.

 

Equators: Screening and Talk

 High Tide

Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM - 9 PM

1850 N Hope St, Apt 14A

EQUATORS reflects queer black thought with luxe minimalistic, heavy, stark movement/sculpture and a complex lighting design. The short film installation centers around quality of life, territory, order, climate change, queerness and racial divides that are manifested in homes, neighborhoods and geography due to impacts of zoning, segregation/gentrification. EQUATORS explores how the most marginalized populations on the planet will experience the adversity associated with climate change.

Tnmot Aztro is exploring weather and environment, transposing that upon a dark feeling of exhaustion and death, not just the loss of people but the way that environment feels during that loss. Audience members who attend this work will be asked to interrogate their expectations of climate, human-made boundaries, police violence, bodies, our environment. The film aims to give dignity to the spaces where young queer people of color are being murdered, the same places that rogue politicians characterize as hell.

 

Breathing Earth: Shawn Beeks, Meg Foley, and Cameron Gibson

Pilot Projects

December 2. 

1719 N 5th St

“Only thinking directed towards changing the world and informing the desire to change it does not confront the future (the unclosed space for new development in front of us) as embarrassment and the past as spell.”

-Ernst Bloch, The principle of Hope

Pilot+Projects is pleased to announce Breathing Earth, a group exhibition featuring the work of illustrator Shawn Beeks, performance artist Meg Foley, and filmmaker Cameron Gibson. The works in this exhibition investigate the politics associated with one's mobility, through a desire to rethink what it means to be a body in space -with material, psychic and sensory experiences in question. Thinking of privilege, presence, and bodily awareness, these artists confront the politics of space and location through the lens of the tragic, the ecstatic, or the sublime.

The exhibition features new drawings by Shawn Beeks for a forthcoming comic book (release TBD), confronting gentrification and racial marginalization in North Philadelphia, and drawings from his political cartoon series Cop Logic dealing with police brutality. Foley will be presenting an interactive sculptural-architectural installation, and Embodiment Dance Party performance during the opening reception. Gibson will screen two experimental documentaries dealing with presence, mobility, and tourism.

 

Collapsing Ourselves 2017 (Philadelphia / Berlin / Taipei)

Saturday, December 16 at 9 AM - 10 AM

Vox Populi. 319 N 11th St

Hong-Kai Wang and Mattin present a disorientating talk-performance follow up to 2014's Collapsing Ourselves, this time with Eric Laska, across three continents

Eric Laska (Philadelphia) - 9 am, tentatively at Vox Populi Gallery (coffee and donuts provided)

Mattin (Basque; in Berlin) - 3 pm, venue tbd

Hong-Kai Wang (Taipei) - 10 pm, White Fungus