InLiquid is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets: The nonprofit organization, based in the Crane Arts building in Kensington, is a hub of art-world resources and a huge support to the local visual art scene. (Insider tip: Did you know you can visit the offices and they’ll show you some 200 pieces and help you figure out what to hang on your wall? Fledgling collectors: Do this.) This weekend, InLiquid hosts its annual benefit, a buzzy event that’s part party and part art auction.
I got the chance to check out the selection yesterday afternoon and curate my favorite pieces. It was incredibly difficult – there are 350 works, ranging from photography to jewelry – but after a few loops around, here are the ones I’m dying to hang on my walls (or slip on my finger – I couldn’t resist a Wonder Woman ring). Click here to bid on my picks directly if you can’t make it to tomorrow’s benefit. The auction ends tomorrow at 10pm. (Get ticket and event information here.)
Henry Bermudez ‘Square 1’
Pen, ink, acrylic and paper; Bermudez teaches art at the Career Academy Developing Institute (CADI) and at Fleisher Art Memorial, and is co-director of HouseGallery1816 in Fishtown.
Anthony Coleman ‘Superman 2015’
Mixed media; Coleman is a self-taught Philly artist, and one of the artists with disabilities showing at the auction.
Keith Breitfeller ‘Pale Hues 10-D’
Oil on canvas; Breitfeller is a Philly-based artist.
Warren Muller ‘Dump Lamp 2015’
Light sculpture, mixed media; Muller takes objects like hubcaps, bowling pins, toy cars, deer antlers, porcelain figurines, candy dishes, bikes, and creates hanging light sculptures/chandeliers. See more of his work at Bahdeebahdu (just a few doors down from Crane Arts!).
Roberto Lugo ‘Raekwon and RZA teapot’
Porcelain, china paint, luster; Lugo is a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator, and teaches communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence.
Seun Augustine March ‘Vauxite’
Glass; March works primarily with Dichroic glass and his works have been exhibited at ArtwalkNY 2014 and 2015, Galeria Melissa Soho, and featured in Vogue, WWD, Glamour and Wired.
Laird Bindrim ‘Man Pulling Shade’
Judy Gelles ‘Get Shot’
Archival pigment print; This is part of an ongoing project titled “Fourth Grade,” in which fourth graders from around the world tell what they wish for and what they worry about. This student is from Philadelphia.
Christopher Poehlmann ‘newGROWTH Chandelier’
Aluminum with electric light components; Poehlmann’s newGROWTH series consists of individually crafted light fixtures made to order in any size and configuration needed.
Shepard Fairey ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Your Eyes Here,’ ‘Natural Spring,’ and ‘Society of Destruction’
Framed screen prints; In addition to his guerrilla street art presence, Fairey has executed nearly 60 large-scale painted public murals around the world as of 2015. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.
Jacque Li ‘Ultuation’
Mylar, paper, graphite; Li works in public art in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, facilitating artist opportunities and working with artists, government and design teams to implement projects.
Elyce Abrams ‘From One to Another’
Acrylic on panel; Abrams is an abstract painter from Philadelphia.
Mardi Jo Cohen ‘Wonder Woman’
Sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.
Howard Silberthau ‘Untitled’
Oil on canvas; this “writing” painting is comprised of “made up” German words (German gibberish).
Joe Boruchow ‘Fan Dancer’
Wheatpaste on painted wood.
Amy Orr ‘Accumulations’
Encrusted lamp; Orr is an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design.
All photography of artwork by Lauren McGrath.