Friday, June 29, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Huge thanks to Kelly and Gaby, two of our fabulous interns, for being there and helping to kitten wrangle, Barbara Blau, aka Gramma, for watching Olivia and to Peter and Emma for coming by to check out the space and helping to spread the word. Thank you!
Photo by Emma Lee
AND the windows in the member lounge are finished! Next up, flooring in there and then a kitchenette (So exciting!)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Make sure you check out the 2012 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden at 1905-15 Walnut Street. It opens today at 12 noon with a celebration and will feature sculpture by Philadelphia Sculpture Gym members Joshua Parker Coombs and Darla Jackson (hey that's me!). For more info on the Pop Up Garden check out the PHS website!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education are pleased to present:
OUT OF BOUNDS
Outdoor installation by Scott Pellnat
Featuring CFEVA Career Development Program Fellows & Alumni:
Susan Benarcik Ana B. Hernandez Brooke Hine
Darla Jackson Mami Kato Scott Pellnat Caleb Nussear
Curated by Jenny Laden & Amie Potsic
Artist Talks & Reception:
Saturday, June 23rd 5 - 7pm
June 23 - September 2, 2012
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
In and around the Main Building
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Out of Bounds will be installed in a variety of settings around SCEE’s main building: in the large pond that greets visitors at the front of the building; in the Center’s new sensory garden; and in the wooded picnic grove that lead to the forest behind the building. Many of the works recreate and reimagine forms typically seen outdoors, such as Susan Benarcik's knotted droplets, Ana Hernandez's bright red fabric fungi, and Scott Pellnat's giant boat. Others interact with the natural elements, giving the viewer a new perspective on familiar landscapes. Mami Kato's work floats on the pond, kept company by a community of frogs, snakes and turtles. Caleb Nussear’s installation plays with mirrors amongst the trees, layering the visual experience of the woods. The one indoor installation in the exhibition, Darla Jackson's "Surprise Party," enlivens the Center’s foyer with sculptural animals, welcoming visitors and marking the 25th anniversary celebration of the Schuylkill Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, which treats and rehabilitates thousands of animals each year.
Yesterday the cards came for Process Show: Casting and I was super excited to start giving them out! Keep an eye out for them around town and be sure to save the date for the opening (July 6th!)! Hope to see you then!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
This weekend was a productive one. The member lounge is covered, inside and out, with old crates used for shipping art. This was a big project that took alot of planning and alot of cutting and alot of nailing, but it came out great. Sure we could've just covered this in drywall or plywood or something boring but we're artists, so why not think outside of the box...? The holes will get reclaimed windows and then the whole thing will be trimmed out with 1 x 3 from old slat crates. Brynn, Gus and I kicked this thing's ass on Saturday and Gus and I came back to start the outside on Saturday night. Sunday we *almost* finished the outside...there are a few tiny pieces left to do, but it seriously looks great. Big thanks to everyone for the help this weekend!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Check out Charter Member Michael Konrad's work, Reign Free as part of "Philly Residencies", a group exhibition featuring work from some of Philadelphia's artist residency programs, including 40th Street AIR, The Philadelphia Art Hotel, and Breadboard at NextFAB Studio.
On view: May 29 - July 20
Opening Reception: June 14, 5-7pm
Art Gallery at City Hall
Room 116 East Portal Market St. entrance
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
I had forgotten about this until today, when I got another photo, this time via my Facebook Page, of the same sculpture tattooed on a forearm. Again, I'm flattered and of all the pieces I've ever made, I'm always so amazed that this is the one that people relate most to... This was the first piece I did that experimented with the dual meaning and really started me down the road of creating the type of work I do. So a big thanks to anyone who loves the image enough to live with it forever...
Friday, June 8, 2012
More info from the FB event page:
This is the official launch party and fund-raising kick off event for my Knight Arts Challenge winning project! Help me celebrate the award and spread the word about my campaign to raise matching funds!
Free admission (project donations accepted)! There will be half price drinks and appetizer specials for my guests during the happy hour times (includes most alcohol, except drinks with 'top shelf' whisky, bourbon, etc.). I will have brochures/donation forms for my Animated Architecture video art project, so please bring your check books or you can make a pledge to donate later or pass the word on to other arts donors.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Thanks to Geoff Thompson for the fabulous donation of windows, a door, a bathtub (for soaking molds) and a sink. The windows and door will be used for the office and member lounge (exciting!) So photos of that to come soon!
And thanks to Kelly and Gaby for scraping down the door!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sorry for the blog silence yesterday...on top of being tremendously busy, it was a rough day all around. I'm generally a very happy person but this past week has just felt like one thing after another and sometimes everything just hits you at once and you need to go off and cry for a few days over everything that you didn't let bother you for the last year or so. (And I'm sure a crazy full moon and Venus rolling in front of the sun didn't help...) But I will say this... When I get upset, I become the most inspired and productive. I can't help but make things. I know this is me processing what I'm feeling but because my work tends to be very emotion based in general, the things I create at times like these tend to be some of the stronger stuff...I've been sculpting and sketching alot and have a few pieces started and a few more on the way, which feels amazing. SO why all this about me? Well, I think 1) it's helpful to know that other people are out there going through it. Being an artist (or a human) can sometimes feel extremely isolating, especially when you're upset about something, and 2) I think as artists, our work is an extremely important outlet...like a pressure release valve. I know alot of people who feel this way but are too busy/tired/sad to make work...just make something, even something small. I'm already feeling better and am excited about the new work...now to build a giant armature...yikes!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Getting set up...