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Martha Wilson: Staging the Self

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY GALLERY August 24–November 4 “THE ARTIST OPERATES OUT OF THE VACUUM LEFT WHEN ALL OTHER VALUES ARE REJECTED,” notes Martha Wilson in her early photo-text composition A Portfolio of Models, 1974. Referring to her negotiation and subsequent refusal of cookie-cutter female identities—from “housewife” to “lesbian”—the statement also works as a concise thesis for […]

Lindsay Chandler, Optic Fiber, University City Arts League, 2012

Optic Fiber / University City Arts League

Optic Fiber is a restrained, elegant exhibition juxtaposing two very different approaches to working with textiles and objects. With Doug Witmer’s thoughtful organizing and light curatorial touch, the show at University City Arts League leaves adequate room for Fjord Gallery member Lindsay Chandler’s loud, knitted, and woven pieces to converse formally with Ana B. Hernandez’s blanched, […]

Zachary Davis, Rovers, at Extra Extra, Philadelphia, 2012

Zachary Davis / Extra Extra

Zachary Davis is concerned with the limits and difficulties of human cognition, evolved long ago as a “learning and pattern recognition machine.” An active member of Portland-based artist collective Appendix, which is known as much for intellectual engagement as physical practice, his current research explores the resonance of new visual technologies with deep-rooted neurological processes. […]

Open Lens Gallery / Sayler & Morris - Peru drought image

Sayler & Morris / Open Lens Gallery

This summer, the Gershman Y‘s two galleries host exhibitions intended to stimulate conversation around climate change. I slipped gratefully into the air-conditioned spaces on an extremely-hot, late June day. In the Open Lens Gallery are Susan Sayler and Edward Morris’s sweeping photographic images of glaciers, deserts, forest fires, and icecaps: bleak landscapes studied by scientists for […]

Low Lives, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, 2012

Low Lives / Little Berlin

The international performance art festival Low Lives – broadcast via the internet and simultaneously projected at multiple venues throughout the world –took place in Philadelphia at Little Berlin in collaboration withMascher Space over two days, April 27 and 28, with screenings and one, in-the-flesh performance. Low Liveswas an official part of Philly Tech Week. At the Friday night extravaganza, which I missed, […]

Ben Rivers, Slow Action, production still

Ben Rivers / International House

As a Brit stranded in Philadelphia until my green card arrives, I was keen to catch up on current art filmmaking from my little island, on view last Wednesday at ICA and International House. Up first in a program titled Return of the New – Recent Film/Video Works from the UK, “What it is Not” is an hour-long compilation […]