Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here is an amazing collection of openings are happening for this coming First Friday, October 3rd, 2014. Don't stay home...go out and live in the art scene!

700 W. Master Street 
Philadelphia, PA

Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CRUX space, Philadelphia’s only New Media Art gallery will open its doors on October 3rd. Founded by Andrew Cameron Zahn (UArts MFA '13), CRUX space is not only a gallery space with work influenced by and created with technology, but a space for experimental projects to be born. Philadelphia’s only space dedicated to the vast field of technological art and design opens its doors. Featuring monthly shows, CRUX will have an ongoing lineup of the best in New Media art and design. This exhibition investigates the good and the troublesome, with suggestions towards how we can design our technologies for a better future.

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319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA

Holding Our Own - H. John Thompson
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 6 pm - 10 pm
Exhibition: October 3 - October 30, 2014

Linking the enigmatic accounts of an airline hijacker known under the alias “D.B. Cooper” and the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Holding Our Own cites incidents of evasion and distress while contemplating a manhunt and a rescue search from unverifiable points-of-view.

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319 N 11th Street, 2 fl.
Philadelphia, PA

Long Hidden Friend - Nick Lenker 
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 6 pm - 10 pm
Exhibition: October 3 - November 1, 2014

Nick Lenker and PRACTICE invite you to interpret a video installation best seen after a long, cold winter, in which 3 people died, 2 by their own hand, 1 by yours, 2 were friends, the other a stranger.  Nick Lenker’s new work borrows its title from the 1820 book The Long-Lost Friend, a collection of herbal formulas and magical prayers gathered by John George Hohman, a Pennsylvania Dutch healer. . Shrouded in mystery, Lenker’s work never tells all the answers but provides a tantalizing puzzle for viewers to interpret.

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Vox Populi Gallery
319 N 11th Street, 3L

Philadelphia, PA

Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 6 pm - 10 pm

Beat Your Alter - Mark Stockton 

Beat Your Altar is a drawing-based installation that continues to build on my interest in individualism. Stockton creates a visually inverted space in which preliminary sketches have been scaled to the size of the gallery walls, and the final rendered drawings are small enough to collapse within a pedestal in the center of the gallery. Subjectively, this group of work is random and non-contiguous. It absorbs a myriad of subjects that have randomly entered my sphere of interest and influence. Personal connections are embedded but not important. The work defies genre; it spans portraiture, still life, abstraction and landscape.

Axon Ladder - Catherine Pancake
In Axon Ladder, the dancer’s cinematic body is both conceptual and experiential. The piece changes the relational framework of Foley’s choreography by dividing up the perceived and idiosyncratic ends of a given movement. In so doing, it changes how the movement is read as material and its incremental parts and overall “shape.” One might ask how choreographic shape and definition function in this “outer” space where the body is weighted and weightless. The dance piece becomes a functional visual motion study as well as aesthetic material.


Dream House - Erin Murray, Edward Murray
This exhibition, Dream House, is a way to bring limited realization to this alternate timeline
for our family. In a way, it is a gift to the architect. A way to engage and remember, to heal
and maintain. An excuse to trespass together. In another way, a man’s soul is revealed;
the unrealized plans themselves evidence of a life gone off track. The naive romanticism
and naked symbolism, both embarrasses and endears. In fact, the show reveals more than
a little of myself; my interest in the embodied information of the built environment, a
tendency toward anthropomorphization and melodrama in my work, and my own home’s
outsized status in my life.


Hyperpyrexic - Alexander Rosenberg
Alexander Rosenberg is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. He received a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT. His artistic practice is rooted in the study of glass as a material, in conjunction with broad interdisciplinary investigation crossing over into many other media and areas of research.

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Pentimenti Gallery
145 N. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA

Complementary Colors  - Peter Combe, Alexis Grantwell, Clint Jukkala, Donald Martiny
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Complementary Colors make a strange pair. They are opposite, yet they require each other. They incite each other to maximum vividness when together; and annihilate each other when mixed.  Complementary Colors  will display the works of four artists exploring their own individual interpretation of complementary colors and what the phrase means to them.

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PAFA Presents Eiko: A Body in Places
30th Street Station / Main Waiting Room
Philadelphia, PA

Eiko: A Body in Places
Performance: Friday, October 3 @ 12:00 am - 3:00 pm - Free

A four-part series of three-hour performances conceived and performed by Eiko, A Body in a Station will take place in two waiting terminals of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, on October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2014. “I am scared but excited about performing alone for as many as twelve hours at a train station. I have never dreamt of being a soloist before,” says Eiko. “I saw that people at 30th Street Station are alone, going somewhere or waiting to go somewhere. Many are busy with cell phones. Sitting in the train station, I had an epiphany. I want to perform here alone. I want to exchange a gaze with viewers. A simple set. An odd, but beautiful costume. A body and mind very exposed…I want to embody the sense of nakedness, feebleness of a human and the solitude of an artist.”

Muse Gallery
52 North Second Street
Old City, Philadelphia 19106
215. 627. 5310

In Reverse - Terri Fridkin
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Muse Gallery will feature “In Reverse”, an exhibit of works by Terri Fridkin.  The foundation of Terri’s  hand-pulled prints are structure, pattern, line and color.  They are simple yet complex, bold yet subtle and resist a specific meaning. Terri Fridkin is a printmker/mixed media artist who lives and works in the philadelphia area. This fueled her lifelong passion for art.
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Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Allusion - John Moore  
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 5:  - 7:30 pm
Exhibition: October 3 - Nov 8, 2014

Moore’s masterful paintings edge on acute realism but seldom reveal what is actually there. Collecting fleeting moments of ephemeral lighting, or taking disparate elements of different views to make one place, Moore weaves his observed perspectives into psychologically charged scenes. Through the work, he both examines and elevates his historic and post-industrial surroundings where his studio is located in Frankford, Philadelphia. Here, Moore offers a contemporary perspective in dialogue with the legacy of early 20th century American precisionist painting. Now a city deeply in flux, Moore embodies the current transformation of Philadelphia in his reimagined scenes that depict both urban ruin and a transcendent beauty.

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