Henry Bermudez makes art steeped in mythical dream imagery, an otherworldliness of carefully constructed swirling forms that exude a surrealistic atmosphere that suggests a mythology full of complex cultures lost in the wilds of the jungle or living in a primordial world. Vines and trees are sinuous tangles emerging from the background. His work deftly explores the intersection of pre-Columbian and Christian, melding the two cultures and creating a new language of images and meanings.
Alyse C. Bernstein
Alyse C. Bernstein is a lithographer and fiber artist, currently exploring the subject of marine life. She has been practicing gyotaku, the Japanese technique of fish printing onto paper and fabric (this technique began as a way for fisherman to record their large catches using sumi ink and washi) and designing quilts, pillows, etc. with the images. Her lithographic work primarily employs the reverse gum wash technique of lo shu to create sea creatures emerging from a dark field.
Roderick Coover is a Philadelphia-based artist whose works include films, large scale panoramic photography and interactive Webworks such as unknownterritories.org. A faculty member in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University, Dr. Coover is the recipient of Fulbright, Mellon, and Whiting awards.
Most of Justin’s artwork is pen or marker on paper, varying in size from typewriter paper to pieces several feet tall/wide. He produces time-intensive work with meditative effects for the creator and hopefully also the viewers. Images represent a life-work which ties into a knotted storyarc with no end in sight.
Lisa Imperiale creates a sense of excitement and drama, utilizing over arching patterns and contrasting colors in her woodblock prints.The texture of the wood comes through and plays a significant role in creating a heart beat in each print; something natural, soft, and subtle.
Whether the form be clay, paint, gardens, songs, sewing, housekeeping, etc, it seems like Mandy usually starts with very raw creative expression and then works to refine, balance and order it. (or maybe the process orders her?!) During the tuning and harmonizing, she is able to quiet her mind, leave herself, and become connected with forces more powerful than she.
Nathaniel works with a wide variety of materials including glass, ceramics, concrete and steel attempting to deconstruct narrative through truncated forms, tenuous connections and material juxtaposition.
Art that i see lately is stagnant and doesnt move. Furniture would be more fun if it would get up and walk about, or do something other than sit around. I wouldnt want to piss off this one chair I built, it might take a bite out of me.
Eder was visiting Philadelphia from his hometown of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. While he was here, concrete walls and underpasses were graced with his colorful designs and his interactions with the Mural Arts Program. We managed to get him to upgrade his street art style to a retired sail which will be the only item available for silent auction throughout the event.
i’ve been dead for a while now … the material and i … well … we all get along in our own unique ways, dont we … you and i shared a conversation that transported us both from our daily grind and hustle … i left you feeling bliss, not a moment experienced within that flurry was void of sunshine … rounding the corner another you … the same you just arranged differently … looked me in the eyes as i died … i helped you cut upwards … we never felt this whole … a foreign shard of metal created a hole but filled the void … now im stuck here and all i got left are balloons
Caitlin Perkins’ work includes prints, artist books and installations and draws heavily on the visual vernacular of urban streets and historical collections. She is particularly obsessed with 19th Century sea exploration, 18th Century literature, natural science museums and menageries.
Mark Price believes that our own experiences can no longer be trusted. The high-resolution screen through which we view our built environments has shattered into razor-sharp hi-contrast graphic regions. Fragmentary units of a larger situation emerge into a three-dimensional plane that feels tentative, vulnerable, and hyper-real.
Mark Price (b. 1981, Detroit) lives and works in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 his work was selected by curator Aaron Betsky for inclusion in the internationally recognized Confines exhibition at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern. His work is represented in New York by Kesting / Ray.
Ana Vizcarra Rankin
Ana Vizcarra Rankin works in intense bursts of productivity, followed by several days of research and creative brainstorming until the next project. It is very important that her work be portable, but she is also obsessed with gigantic-ness, so she has taken to folding large pieces into careful packages or making multiples that can be combined to form a larger whole. Perhaps packages because she is a nomadic person of small stature with a strong personality, she enjoys packing large images into small envelopes.
Primarily a painter and photographer, for this show Anabelle will present some prints including an 11-color serigraphy titled “Siren’s Song” and lino cut titled “Seeds of Love”.
Kimberly Shelton integrates naturally occuring materials with civilian refuse in an attempt to induce an interaction with the space we occupy with no intention to inflict any particular sensation.
In the medley of travel Lu has witnessed a unique reality which has enhanced his artistic eye to reflect on nature’s sumptuous patterns and colors. He also find those organic patterns in urban situations far from the jungles and rain forests.
Rebecca Tennenbaum pours and “pulls” latex paint on separete layers of mylar to mimic the alignment of different sensory experiences. The layers are arranged on panels, which are shaped to serve as associate with the given sensation.
Adam Wallacavage is inspired by the ocean and is fascinated with extravagant interiors of old churches. He transformed the dining room of his South Philadelphia Victorian Brownstone into something from the pages of a Jules Verne novel. Teaching himself the ancient art of ornamental plastering, he evolved his new found skills into making plaster cast octopus shaped chandeliers as the final touch to his underwater themed room. His home has become a canvas for him to express his wildest dreams. Before being obsessed with chandeliers, he was occupied with photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has worked as a freelance photographer ever since. His work has been featured in dozens of publications, including but not limited to Swindle, Juxtapoz, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thrasher, Transworld, and even TIME Europe. His latest book, Monster Size Monsters: The Photography of Adam Wallacavage, which was published in 2006, is a collection of his photography from the past 15 years.
As an artist, her main interests lie in the manipulation of the book and with referencing the natural world. She creates site-specific installations with prints and found objects which are “essentially” deconstructed books. She also carves into books to reveal words or phrases. Patterns, shapes and forms are informed by plants, insects and microscopic organisms.