The next show at H&F is fast approaching. Fiona Ross' brilliant show is still up so be sure to that. But coming up is "Dig," a guest-curated show of Philly-based artists. For this exhibition I asked Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, publishers of Artblog, to curate a show of Philadelphia artists. Philly is only 2.5 hours away so I wanted to connect D.C. art enthusiasts to the fascinating scene going on up North. I think Roberta and Libby have assembled a wonderful roster of artists. Plus, who knows Philly artists better than them?
Here's the postcard:
And here's the press release:
Curated by Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof
October 18 – November 24
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20 from 4–7pm
H&F Fine Arts is pleased to announce Dig, a group show of eight Philadelphia-based artists guest-curated by Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof of artblog—named one of the best art blogs in the country by Art in America.
In the first of what will be a biannual series of guest-curated shows at H&F, Fallon and Rosof present work representative of the dynamic Philadelphia art scene. Dig runs from October 18 to November 24. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 4–7 pm.
The eight artists represented by Dig range from major award winners to emerging talents. Whitney Biennial (2006) standout Zoe Strauss, Barbara Bullock, and Candy Depew are each winners of Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Fleisher Challenge Award winners Depew and Kip Deeds have had prestigious solo shows at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Dig also features work by Nick Lenker, Jen Packer, Thom Lessner, and Jayson Scott Musson. Together, the artists represent a rich cross-section of today’s Philadelphia art scene.
Exploring and embracing the cultural and artistic kinship between New Orleans and Philadelphia (temporary home to many post-Katrina evacuees), Candy Depew creates dazzling ceramics with Mardi Gras flair, including memento mori sculls. Barbara Bullock's cut-paper homages—a direct response to Katrina—celebrate New Orleans and its rich jazz legacy. Longtime chronicler of the Philadelphia Mummers, street photographer Zoe Strauss photographed post-Katrina New Orleans, capturing the ravaged city through her unflinching lens. In direct inversion of the long tradition of academic realism in Philadelphia art, clay sculptor Nick Lenker invokes fairy tales and video games in constructing colorful, fantastical installations. Figurative painter Jen Packer draws grist from psychological conflict in creating works suggestive of early Diebenkorn. Artists Thom Lessner and Jayson Scott Musson both exploit the overlaps between art, music, and pop culture. Lessner's vivid, graphical depictions of celebrity culture blur the line between art and parody, while Musson's edgy poster art pushes boundaries of tolerance by deliberately tweaking the nerve of social propriety. In striving to create authentic depictions of perception, Kip Deeds blends fiction and fact in the service of truth; his works rewrite the past and present, placing the artist within the narrative arc of American history.
Philadelphia’s recent emergence as a major player in the art world follows a decade of enhancements to arts funding, leadership, and education; growth of the city's gallery culture; and economic factors (including skyrocketing New York rents) that have brought young, innovative artists to town.
Curators Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, the most prolific art reviewers in Philadelphia, write for their online publication roberta fallon and libby rosof's artblog, http://fallonandrosof.blogspot.com. They are also the creators of the Zero.1% for Art Commission, an ongoing art project that aims to subvert the traditional role of art as the exclusive purview of the elite by distributing free, inexpensive, impermanent artworks on the streets throughout Philadelphia.
High resolution images are available upon request.