Yeah, so I’m not so good at updating this blog thing.
Married: Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe The reception for Married: Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe was last Wednesday. Andi and I gave a 1/2 hour talk to two undergrad classes - contemporary art and printmaking - during the opening. The evening was organized by gallery director Gloria Mast and the instructors who accompanied their students were Dr. Christine Filippone (Assistant Professor in Art History) and Brant D. Schuller (Professor in Printmaking).
We put a lot of work into this show over the summer and are pretty happy with the outcome.
Drawing Now Philadelphia
There are several more opportunities to engage with this show. I’m just going to list them in order.
- 2nd Reception First Friday, 6:30 PM
- Gallery hours extended to 10 AM to 5 PM during POST weekend
- 10/25 2-5 PM: Panel Discussion
- 10/26 1-3 PM: Closing Artist Talk
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours We will have our studios open October 11-12 from 12-6 PM. We’ve done open studios for the past 7 years and it’s a lot of fun. Feel free to drop by.
Andi and I have been collaborating on some stuff so that’s what we’ll have up on the walls among other things.
Mount Airy Contemporary The opening reception for our next exhibition at MAC is October 11th from 6-9 PM:Miracle Grow - Josh Weiss and William Test. That is also POST weekend of course, so we’ll be rolling right into that Saturday evening.
So I’m included in this show coming in September (Sabina Tichindeleanu, curator, Emelie Keim Viss, assistant curator) - it looks to be a great collection of Philly based artists who focus on drawing as a studio practice. All the other artists are folks I look up to. Here’s the roster: Ruth Scott Blackson, Astrid Bowlby, Amze Emmons, Alexis Granwell, Daniel Heyman, Sharka Hyland, Colin Keefe, Erin Murray, Michelle Oosterbaan, Serena Perrone, Mia Rosenthal, Hiro Sakaguchi, Caroline Santa, and Samantha Simpson.
Opening’s September 5th at ArtSpace Liberti. Press release here on ArtGrind, and included inline below. Click through the images below for credits.
Drawing is a process of investigation, of testing, and questioning, a meditation on the medium itself. Drawing pushes beyond being a simple (in some views, preliminary) medium; it becomes a language, an extension of the artist. It is used as notation, as a means to translate streams of consciousness or experiment with ideas and processes. Shirking grandeur, ostentation, and effect, the flexibility of drawing as well as its economy of means allows for a sincere revelation of the artist’s mark and purest aesthetic gestures.
I am proud to introduce DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA, highlighting local artists who exemplify the versatility of drawing by stretching the traditional boundaries of the genre. Philadelphia’s response to Drawing Now Paris/Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, DNP will feature 14 Philadelphia-based artists whose work is at the forefront of the medium: Ruth Scott Blackson, Astrid Bowlby, Amze Emmons, Alexis Granwell, Daniel Heyman, Sharka Hyland, Colin Keefe, Erin Murray, Michelle Oosterbaan, Serena Perrone, Mia Rosenthal, Hiro Sakaguchi, Caroline Santa, and Samantha Simpson.
DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA, hosted by ArtSpace Liberti, opens on September 5, 2014and will run through October 26, 2014. Join us for First Friday, Second Thursday, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, as well as artist talks, and other events.
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DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA
Sabina Tichindeleanu, curator
Emilie Keim Viss, assistant curator
ArtSpace Liberti, 2424 E. York St.
Opening: September 5, 2014, 6pm
So I’ve been participating in CITYWIDE for most of this year, like a good 100-odd other Philadelphia artists. If you’re in Philadelphia you’ve likely heard about it. Andi and I curated North by Northwest for Marginal Utility, we hosted Practice: Picture Day at our own space, Mount Airy Contemporary, and I’ve been helping with the publication study group, the trolley tours, a Kickstarted private tour, and so on. That sounds like a lot but the fact is pretty much everyone involved is putting in similar effort.
This is more or less a placeholder for some things I plan to say on the experience, which has been an ongoing thing for 10 months now, I think. I’m working on finding the right words. For now I’ll just say I’m very proud to be a Philadelphia artist.
So this is up now through I think the first week in November. It’s part of CFEVA’s Made In Philly project, and I guess I have the honor of being the one placed furthest northwest! There are a few more in Germantown (Paul DuSold, Joel Erland/Kate Kaman and Melissa Madonni Haims) and one down in Manayunk (Leah MacDonald). The rest are in parts south.
All the artists are POST participants. I’ll have my studio doors open October 19th and 20th from 12-6 PM, and Mount Airy Contemporary (underneath my studio) will be open as well with the current show, Brad Litwin and Jonathan Eckel, both Germantown based artists.
‘Urban Environments’: Colin Keefe, Fabio J. Fernández, Tom Lauerman September 6 - 28, 2013
This September, Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present ‘Urban Environments’, featuring the work of Philadelphia based artist Colin Keefe and the collaborative work of Fabio Fernández and Tom Lauerman. The exhibition, consisting of drawings and sculpture, explores systems of architecture, the built environment, and abstraction.
Colin Keefe will exhibit meticulously crafted drawings of fictitious environments that examine urban terrain through organic models. Using ink on paper, Keefe begins with design principles gathered from diverse sources such as the reproductive processes of plants, the propulsion methods of microorganisms and architectural theory. Keefe states “the resulting images depict cities grown organically, without an “urban planner” as protagonist, based on environmental conditions.” Fabio J. Fernández and Tom Lauerman will present a collaborative body of work, Sculptures in Love with Architecture (SiLwA). The works in this exhibition explore architecture from the perspective of two artists interested in “the reductive forms of early modernist constructions.” They employ an array of techniques ranging from inked lines drawn on a moving train to laser cut wooden parts assembled atop folded paper geometry. The artists state that “the works illustrate the development of ideas through conversation, repetition, experimentation and practice.”
The artists will be in attendance during the September 6th opening reception from 6–10pm. For further inquiries or to arrange an interview with the artists at another time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grizzly Grizzly is a project space in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2009, Grizzly Grizzly has programmed monthly exhibitions, screenings and performances. The gallery is currently under the direction of artists Michael Konrad, Jacque Liu, Ruth Scott, Mary Smull, Cindy Stockton-Moore and Josh Weiss.
BRIEF ARTIST BIOS Fabio J. Fernández (born Montevideo, Uruguay) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.S. in Business from Seton Hall University. He has exhibited in the United States and abroad, at such venues as the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI, the Poleeni Cultural Center, Pieksämäki, Finland, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY. Fabio’s studio practice is based in Boston, MA, where he is also curator at The Society of Arts and Crafts.
Colin Keefe (born Boston, MA) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Washington University. Recent solo exhibitions include Robert Henry Contemporary, New York, NY, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA, and RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Toronto Globe and News, LA Times, Sculpture Magazine, and theartblog. In addition to his studio practice, Keefe has been curating since 1995 – first, as co-director of 57 Hope in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (1995-2001), and currently as co-director of Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space (2009-present).
Tom Lauerman (born Chicago, IL) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from SMU Meadows School of Art. His work has been recently exhibited in Berlin, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He has taken part in a number of artist residencies including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum in South Korea, the Kohler Arts/Industry residency, and Pilchuck Glass School. He is a recipient of the Horizon Award from the American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) and an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University.
‘Urban Environments’: Colin Keefe, Fabio Fernández, Tom Lauerman Curated by Jacque Liu Exhibition Dates: September 6–28, 2013 Opening Reception: First Friday, September 6, 6–10PM Press contact: Jacque Liu, email@example.com
Grizzly Grizzly, 319 North 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA Hours: Saturday and Sundays, 2-6PM www.grizzlygrizzly.com
I’m in this, opening reception April 25th.
Local artists are connecting biology and organic chemistry to fine art in the group show Cellular/Molecular. The exhibition at Breadboard‘s EKG (Esther Klein Gallery) in University City runs from April 16–June 9, 2013, with an opening reception Thursday, April 25, 5:00–8:00pm. Cellular/Molecular was developed to coincide with the Philadelphia Science Festival, which takes place April 18–28.
Through different media and through abstraction, Cellular/Molecular showcases local artworks inspired by biology and chemistry, works that define the terms, and works that demonstrate our accidental and natural inclination to create cellular and molecular forms.
Cellular (adj): of, relating to, resembling, or composed of a cell or cells; having cells or small cavities; porous; divided into a network of cells. Molecular (adj): relating to or produced by or consisting of molecules, relating to simple or elementary organization. Curated by Gaby Heit, the exhibition includes artists Jessica Curtaz, Lori Evensen, David Foss, Rebecca Jacoby, Colin Keefe, Angela McQuillan, Dolores Poacelli, Bruce Pollock, Jacob Rivkin, Sarah Steinwachs, Kristen Tinari and Alice Whealin. Some of the participating artists have studied biology and chemistry alongside fine art.
Breadboard is a hybrid program of the University City Science Center that explores intersections between contemporary art, design, science and technology. Expanding on 30+ years of Esther Klein Gallery programming, Breadboard’s mission is to convene communities around creative applications of technology. Breadboard is the non-profit partner of NextFab Studio, a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center
EKG is located on the ground floor of 3600 Market Street, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Hours are Monday–Saturday 10:00am–5:00pm.
I have a few things coming up this fall which I hope you'll keep in mind as they get closer.
New Trails (opening 9/2)
First, I have a few larger pieces in this exhibition - A large, wide-ranging affair in Chestnut Hill and the Wissickon Valley that includes indoor popup gallery space and artworks situated in outdoor space along the Wissahickon. Look for my work in the indoor space. Jimmy Viola from WHYY wrote a great advance piece on the show, here: A New Trail for Germantown Avenue.
August 15 - October 11th
Artists Reception at the Main Gallery / 8517 Germantown Avenue / Friday September 2nd 6-9 PM
New Trails aims to intelligently and provocatively activate empty storefront venues and outdoor spaces in the Philadelphia community of Chestnut Hill through a series of arts exhibition events.
New Trails presents dynamic young and established artists from the region who are actively utilizing recycled materials, environmentally aware concepts and/or sustainable practices as part of their creative process and output, as well as provide opportunities for artists to investigate and create site-specific, site-conscious projects in the shared regional outdoor space of the historic Wissahickon Valley.
The Affordable Art Fair New York (9/21-9/25)
RHV Fine Art from Brooklyn NY is showcasing four artists for AFFNY this fall:
RHV is going have some of my newest work, which I'm pretty excited about. AAFNY runs from September 21 - 25. RHV Fine Art is in Booth C-1.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (10/1 - 10/2)
Andrea Wohl Keefe and I will have our studios open again for POST (this will be our fourth year). Please come by.
Dates to be finalized, but looking like mid-August. This takes place in indoor spaces and outdoors - along the Wissahickon. New Trails
New Trails aims to intelligently and provocatively activate empty storefront venues and outdoor spaces in the Philadelphia community of Chestnut Hill through a series of arts exhibition events. New Trails will incorporate dynamic young & established artists from the region who are actively utilizing recycled materials, environmentally aware concepts and/or sustainable practices as part of their creative process and output, as well as provide opportunities for artists to investigate and create site-specific, site-conscious projects in the shared regional outdoor space of the historic Wissahickon Valley. We aim to provide additional topical programming including panel discussions, artist walks and presentations, public creative displays and free youth education sessions focused on art and the environment.
The goal of this project is to extend the boundaries and the conversation regarding sustaining community development and outdoor urban resources through utilizing creative work as an exciting catalyst for appreciation, reflection and dialogue. New Trails aspires to create immediate excitement and activity, while fostering a connection between the direction and potentials of the relationship community and commercial development shares with the natural world surrounding it. With New Trails we aim to stimulate growth and investment in the cultural, commercial and natural corridors of these communities.
In conjunction with New Trails a comprehensive full-color exhibition catalog/field-guide will be produced. The catalog will feature original responses to the project and works from Katrina Kuntz (Independent Curator/Critic), Margaret Winslow (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum) and Bryan Rice (Programmer, Adaptation).
Brookes Britcher (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA) www.brookesbritcher.wordpress.com
Emily Bunker (Philadelphia, PA) www.emilyjohannabunker.com
Alexander Conner (Philadelphia, PA) www.footprintproof.blogspot.com
Dumpster Divers (Philadelphia, PA) www.dumpsterdivers.org
Fritz Horstman (Baltimore, MD) www.fritzhorstman.com
Ted Houghtaling (Pittsburgh, PA) www.tedhoughtaling.blogspot.com
Ellie Irons (New York, NY) www.ellieirons.com
Colin Keefe (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA) www.colinkeefe.net
Michael Koehler (New York, NY/Germantown, Philadelphia, PA) www.michaelmkoehler.com
Caroline Lathan-Steifel (West Chester, PA) www.carolinelathanstiefel.net
Jason Lee (Morgantown, WV) www.jleesculpture.com
Max Liboiron (New York, NY) www.maxliboiron.com
Ron Longsdorf (Spartanburg, SC) www.ronlongsdorf.com
Daniel Mahlman (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA) www.danmahlman.com
Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA) www.joannaplatt.com
Stephen Ruszkowski (Wilmington, DE) www.local-artists.org/users/stephen-ruszkowski
Mike Ryan (Philadelphia, PA)
Hiro Sakaguchi (Philadelphia, PA) www.hirosakaguchi.com
Phillip Scarpone (Wilmington, DE) www.phillipscarpone.com
Michael Sebright (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA) www.stimulantdesign.us
William Schlough (Pittsburgh, PA) www.willschlough.com
Merian Soto (Philadelphia, PA) www.meriansoto.com
Harrison Tyler (Baltimore, MD) www.harrisontyler.com
Lindsay Yeager (Newark, DE)
Jim Zeske (West Chester, PA) www.jimzeske.blogspot.com
New Trails is curated by Brookes Britcher and Bryan Rice.
New Trails is a sponsored project of the City of Philadelphia Department of CommerceReStore Corridors Through Art initiative.