Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad 2011 Exhibition, Populous Flows
To learn more about Populous Flows, visit
May 20 - July 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 20th, 4-6pm
The Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall
University of Pennsylvania
200 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6229
Gallery Hours: 10-5pm Monday - Friday
Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) in Solo Exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, Texas), Opening June 2nd, 6pm
In the Studio: With Majorie Van Cura
By Peter Gynd Medley
posted May 7, 2011
This week I visited with Greenpoint artist Marjorie Van Cura.
Van Cura’s work is born of experience; her father a computer programmer at a genetic research lab, Van Cura’s work is informed by her personal experiences and reflections on genetic hybridization. Dealing directly with building personally relevant icons through appropriated imagery, her work bypasses the narrative, focusing instead on the subconscious processing of ideas.
Marjorie’s paintings begin with a Google image search. She searches for photos illustrative of both her experiences and the subconscious of an experience. The images are then digitally collaged together forming a hybridized human/animal/mechanical icon.
Reflective of genetic exploration, these icons undergo a series of changes through their generational reproduction. Referring to this as the “generation of a generation”, Marjorie hand traces these forms repeatedly to her final surface, the icon changing or evolving slightly with every successive transfer. This process produces paintings which upon first glance appear as perfectly balanced and symmetrical compositions of repeating forms. Upon closer inspection though, Van Cura’s paintings slowly reveal the subtle variations of the process.
Referencing Op Art and Surrealism, the works are pattern and color based, meant to be disorientating, but not completely overwhelming. The imagery of the icons reflective of the hybridization of contemporary culture and as Van Cura puts it, “a way to process the world and events without being overly political.”
To view more of Marjorie's work, visit www.marjorievancura.com.
Northside Open Studios: June 16th - 19th
* Note: Marjorie Van Cura will be in studio on Sunday only, June 19th from 12:00 - 6:00pm.
Majorie's Studio Location
255 Calyer Street
(@ corner of Newel)
Penn Design Fine Arts is proud to present the 2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the at the Ice Box exhibition space in Crane Arts, Philadelphia. The exhibition will bring together works by the 22 artists who will graduate from the program this May. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Exhibiting Artists: Paige Adair, Amy Archambault, Sandy Boyer, Zoe Chronis, Sarah Cohen, Robert Dimin, Rachel Eschenbach, Stephen Grebinski, Justine Hill, Beth Hull, Soo Kang, Bradley LaMere, Elina Malkin, Michael Marfione, Kent Miller, Jayson Scott Musson, Heidi Nam, Martha Rich, John Schlesinger, Tamara Suber, Jessica Vaughn, and Jessica Yang.
The PennDesign MFA class of 2011 has been challenged to independently pursue artistic research in visual art. With the graduation of this class, we celebrate the Fine Arts program's new unification of individual disciplines. For example, the work of a photographer is no less conscious of the universe of painting, and a video artist might have equal interest in sculpture. These graduating students have had exposure to international traveling studios, sponsored residencies, and visiting faculty. The combination of these experiences have broadened the students' perspectives and shaped their responsibilities as artists.
To learn more about the exhibition, visit http://pennexhibitions.com/index.php?/home/mfa_shows/2011/
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 12th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, May 12th - Sunday, May 29th
Crane Arts Building: Ice Box Project Space
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Brent Wahl (Lecturer, MFA '06) will have work featured in his fourth solo exhibition at Vox Populi, entitled "Group Show". Fabricating three-dimensional "situations" that move through contextual and visual shifts is an ongoing interest in Brent Wahl’s work, as are reoccurring themes that investigate cultural phenomena, abstraction, architecture and illusion. For Wahl, abstraction has often been the "glue" that binds together the disparate visual forms in his varied work.
In "Group Show", Wahl refocuses his interest in abstraction in full force. Drawing on his fascination with the optical and spatial shifts that happen between three-dimensional structures imaged in two-dimensions (via photography), he embraces a playful and experimental stance with this work. Collaborating with himself, he compiles a “group show" of imagery that is at once thematically linked and visually diverse.
To view more of Wahl's work, visit, http://brentwahl.com/home.html
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th, 6:00 - 11:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, May 6th - Sunday, May 29th
319 North 11th Street
Santa's previously unresolved drawings are remembered, reexamined, and reshaped to become a fresh inventory of color, marks, and surfaces. Enforced by other found items, this collection of materials is recognized for an undeveloped portential and an appreciation of its own characteristics. Her thoughtfulness in observations and the inspiration she finds in overlooked fragments and secondary forms reveals a compelling process. The negative spaces of Santa's drawings become the subject, cut out and reinforced by the application of arbitrary shapes in gouaches, ink washes, spray paint and graphite. Santa holds a BFA from the University of Delaware and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Recently her work has been shown at Projects Gallery, UnSmoke Space, and Gross McCleaf Gallery. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Charles Addams Prize, and was an Artist-in-Residence in Pereira, Colombia. Her work has been exhibited at The Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, FLUXspace, The Jenny Jaskey Gallery, The University of the Arts, the galleries of The University of Pennsylvania, and The Lucy Tejada Cultural Center in Pereira, Colombia. Santa lives and works in Philadelphia.
To view more works by Santa, visit http://carolinesanta.com/news.html
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th 6:00pm-10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday May 6th - Sunday May 29th
Tiger Strikes Asteroid
319A North 11th Street
2nd Floor (Our New Location!)
Philadelphia PA 19107
Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present concurrent solo exhibitions by Jeremy Kost, Joe Ovelman and Geoffrey Aldridge. Joe Ovelman (MFA '10) explores sexuality and the subversion of social norms with a series of new sculptures in his second solo exhibition with the gallery, "Coming Home". Works made of wood and mixed media resemble apparatuses used in past decades to provide anonymity during sexual encounters. Removing these forms from their original contexts and adjusting the relation of their features to human anatomy, Ovelman emphasizes the universality of these objects.
To view more of Ovelman's work, visit http://joeovelman.com/home.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Exhibition Dates: May 14th – July 2nd, 2011
Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Avenue,
NE –Washington, DC 20002
(in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00pm