February 1, 2015 |
In Act II Playhouse's Mark Twain Unplugged , Tom Teti, as Twain, remarks, "The works of fine literature are like wine; mine are like water. But everybody drinks water. " Much beloved, oft-quoted, occasionally banned, with a history as colorful as his characters, the author makes an excellent, lively subject for a solo show. Unfortunately, this isn't that show. Teti, who also wrote the script and appeared in a 2012 People's Light and Theatre production as Twain, dons the white linen suit, white hair and iconic droopy moustache again here.
September 10, 2014 |
Steve Jobs said that the "i" in all the Apple products' names stood for "Internet, individual, instruct, inform, inspire. " And although the products are patented, the use of "i" is not, and Philly Shakes' solo show, iHamlet , an adaptation by Robin Malan, seems to mean the "i" literally as "I" since the show is made up of Hamlet's lines extracted from the play and strung together. Hamlet as narcissist. And a female narcissist to boot. The set is a chair and gigantic mirror into which Melissa Dunphy gazes.
February 22, 2014 |
Tales of rock-and-roll excess fill Most Messed U p, the coming album by the Old 97's, due at the end of April. Songs such as "Let's Get Drunk and Get It On" and "Wasted" are full of drinking, swearing, and carousing, and they sound autobiographical coming from these alt-country mainstays. They're led by Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond, who released the first 97's album 20 years ago. Most of the stories are told in retrospect, and one might hope they depict the past more than the present, for the health of the band members' livers and marriages.
November 15, 2013 |
Saturday Night Live , NBC's long-running comic showcase, sheds its skin every few years, along with cast members. In the most recent shedding, before the current season, SNL lost Fred Armisen, who - with "special musical guest Ian Rubbish" - comes to Underground Arts Thursday night for a solo show. With SNL since 2002, Armisen, 46, created oddball characters such as Venezuelan nightclub host Fericito, unfunny Native American comedian Billy Smith - and Rubbish, a politically perverse '70s/'80s punk guitarist.
December 13, 2012 |
THE COOGI sweater: Those colorful monstrosities of fabric that Bill Cosby sported weekly on his eponymous show and later rapper Notorious B.I.G. would appropriate for himself. Who knew they could be art? Jayson Musson did. Musson, who spent almost half of his 34 years learning and making art in Philadelphia, cuts up each sweater and stitches the pieces back together, stretching the finished piece so it looks like a painting from far away, but up close is filled with differing textures as the knits create mountains and valleys of color.
May 4, 2012 |
Three solo and three group shows hold sway currently at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, in a roundup featuring many Philadelphia artists. A degree of spontaneity stamps the double shows "Under Construction, Parts I and II," which display work by 10 regional artists currently involved in combining various aspects of construction, architecture, design and sculpture. Some use ordinary building materials, others construction-site discards. Especially compelling are robust sculptural works Acanthus Model and The Movement of Objects by Wilmington's Joe Netta, both subtle essays in texture, structure, and composition - energetic, evocative pieces that establish definite mood and atmosphere.
April 15, 2012 |
If there is any trend dominating Philadelphia's contemporary-art landscape at this moment, it's the DIY, rough-around-the-edges one epitomized by the work of the Dufala brothers, Steven and Billy, who came to Philadelphia from South Jersey with instinctive talents for retrofitting and reinventing everyday things and infusing them with deadpan, often dark, humor. Their ice cream truck-turned-army tank, winner of the 2009 West Grand Prize, is still their classic of the genre. For their second solo show with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, the prolific duo have pulled out all the stops and then some.
November 4, 2011
SEVERAL collectives housed at 319 N. 11th St. are having First Friday openings tonight: * Grizzly Grizzly. Juried group show. * Vox Populi. Members Gabriel Boyce, Dustin Sparks and Anna Neighbor; guest artists Del Harrow and Chadwick Augustine; and video by Kuan Hwa. * Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Solo show by Gerard Brown. * Marginal Utility. Solo show by Daniel Lefcourt. * Napoleon. Member show. * Space 1026. 1026 Arch St., 2nd floor. Solo show by Tim Kerr and friends.
May 15, 2011 |
Their art may be visually dissimilar, but Cecilia Biagini and Matthew Cox, who are currently having their first solo shows at Pentimenti Gallery, share an interest in pattern, repetition, construction, and materials. And, like that of many of the artists who've exhibited here, their work is meticulously made. Biagini, from Buenos Aires and now in Brooklyn, shows paintings and wall-mounted sculptures that create a sense of rhythm with repeated lines and geometric forms. In her paintings, thin parallel lines of yellow, orange, and pale blue swoop synchronistically against darker backgrounds, looking as though they're floating in space.
January 24, 2010 |
Move over, Biennale. Philadelphia's much anticipated Philagrafika 2010, an international fest of contemporary printmaking, makes its formal debut this week, offering the works of hundreds of artists at scores of venues through April 11. Its core exhibition, "The Graphic Unconcious," will be divided among galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Print Center, and Temple's...