THE ONE: Artist Sarah Kaizar On “Mars Show”

"We've been here before, but it's new every time" by Sarah Kaizar.

“We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” by Sarah Kaizar.

Local artist and Tyler School of Art grad Sarah Kaizar is showing her latest works in a solo exhibit called “Mars Show,” open now through November 30th at 3rd Street Gallery. We chatted with her about the show’s subject—mental health care and the Mars rover experiments—and its signature piece, “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” (above).

How and when did you create “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time”? I’ve been working on this project on and off since August 2013. This piece is drawn with a mix of materials (pencil, ink, paint, tape, chalk, conté crayon, powdered graphite … ) on layers of vellum and acrylic resin. I have never worked this way before, so the drawing had a few false starts; you can actually see that process in the piece because of the translucency of the materials.

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Lynch-Themed Exhibit Opens at Kensington’s Pterodactyl

PJ Smalley’s portrait of Dale Cooper | Photo via Christian Sarkis Graham

PJ Smalley’s portrait of Dale Cooper. | Photo via Christian Sarkis Graham

Is there really any time as fitting as Halloween weekend to open a show in praise and commemoration of David Lynch? (Okay besides Father’s Day. Or Thanksgiving.)

“I was thinking, ‘How would Dale Cooper go about curating a show?’ He would be very earnest, with almost a Boy Scout sincerity; but he would still engage elements of the surreal and the strange. He would go about it as a tribute to his creator; in a lot of ways, Dale Cooper is the ultimate Lynch self-portrait.”

So explains PJ Smalley, the artist behind the arguable centerpiece of Pterodactyl gallery’s David Lynch-themed exhibit, “Catching the Big Fish,” which held its opening reception Saturday night.

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Want to See Celebs In the Buff? 25 Years of PETA’s Sexiest Nude Ads Are Coming to Rittenhouse

tarajiPETA300People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t exactly known for its subtlety, and over the past 25 years the group’s advertisements have sparked many a conversation. Next month, a retrospective exhibit showing some of their most salacious ads will get people talking in Rittenhouse Square.

Wednesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 7th, Twenty-Two Gallery will host Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA’s Sexy Celebrity Ads. Their iconic Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign has seen everyone from The Go-Go’s and Christy Turlington to Wendy Williams and Taraji P. Henson (right) pose in the nude. Celebs like Olivia Munn, Pamela Anderson,  Christina Applegate, Kim Basinger,  TLC’s Chilli, and even Steve-O have jumped in front of the camera wearing little more than tattoos or body paint.

Support PETA by getting an eyeful of this unique exhibit during its limited engagement. Twenty-Two Gallery is located at 236 S. 22nd Street and the show will hold an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.



What Remains Shows the Faded Glory of Decayed Spaces Via Art

"Edison Stage" by Tracy Levesque

“Edison Stage” by Tracy Levesque

“All of the beautiful places [Tracy Levesque] has photographed in the area no longer exist,” says Sara McCorriston, co-founder of the Paradigm Gallery and host of the rather sobering art show What Remains, which documents and pays tribute to neglected and forgotten spaces in the region.  The show, which features both Levesque’s photography and mixed media by Drew Leshko, aims to create a public awareness about the demolition and destruction of buildings and spaces. Read more »

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Philly Instagramers Get Exhibition at Metropolitan Gallery 250

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Metropolitan Gallery 250‘s next exhibit, “250 x 250,” poses that there might be some true art hiding among the selfies and food porn (or some mother-of-god variation thereof) hogging your Instagram feed. The exhibit, opening March 7th, features  popular Instagram photographer and University of the Arts graduate Austin Hodges (aka @austinxc04)’s street photography, which focuses notably on Philadelphia architecture and urban decay. Hodges’ 28,000-plus followers could scroll through most of the works on-display, but the physical exhibition might make clear the shortcomings of the purely digital.

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Gallery: The Magnificent Gymnasium Ruins Beneath the Metropolitan

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When Stephen Solms purchased an old YMCA just north of 15th and Arch in the 1980s, there was enough money for Historic Landmarks for Living to convert the old single-occupancy rooms into 120 apartments. That meant shuttering the gymnasium that occupied the second and third floors of the 26-story building and using it for storage. Solms’ successor, Jeff Reinhold, and his residential company own the Metropolitan today. And they’ve decided it’s time to restore the historic gym to its former glory — but this time with modern cardio equipment.

The Metropolitan currently hosts a standard high-rise apartment fitness room. After the restoration, the equipment will be moving to a much bigger room just off the main gymnasium. The gym will be open to residents from all of Reinhold’s apartment buildings, two of which — the Lofts at Logan View and the Packard — are mere blocks away.

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Is Bloomingdale’s Coming to the Gallery?

_DSC8189 (Custom)HughE Dillon over at PhillyChitChat says that the Bloomie’s folks have been here four times to look at the Burlington Coat Factory space, and the last time they brought lawyers and a design team.

Gallery owner PREIT did not return an official call for comment, though one person there said he didn’t know anything about it but that he wasn’t approved to comment. Dillon has a really reliable source, though, and the last tip he got from said source panned out exactly as predicted.

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