The Worlds Reverse: Ballads from an Upside-down World is an exhibit of all-new narrative work by artist Erik Ruin. The image of the world turned upside-down reoccurs throughout history, from medieval woodcuts to modern political discourse. This exhibit explores the question of what it has and what it could mean to upend the order of things via a variety of media- from scrolling panoramas that illuminate historic ballads to a series of illustrated broadsides featuring texts solicited from contemporary authors- including poets Emily Abendroth and Tessa Landreau-Grasmuck, playwrights Erik Ehn and Carlos Sirah, and fiction writer Alex Smith.
Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Philadelphia-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, paper-cut artist, etc., who has been lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” His work oscillates between the poles of apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings, with an emphasis on empathy, transcendence and obsessive detail. He frequently works collaboratively with musicians, theater performers, other artists and activist campaigns. He is a founding member of the international Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-author of the book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).
Space Whale Orchestra
Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, rigorously studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he’s refocused his attention on a breadth of musics that incorporate his experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 22 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. “Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument” (Terry Riley); who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include: William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt and Martha Colburn. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. He’s also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine (New Mexico). In collaboration with videographer ACVilla, Thollem is presently working on two distinct documentaries about America as they travel throughout the States.
Space Whale Orchestra (Philadelphia):
The Space Whale Orchestra is an improvisational chamber music ensemble sown and grown in Philadelphia, PA. Drawn together over a love of collective improvisation and sonic experimentation, the group continues to explore the borders of music and the meaning of freedom, always striving to keep their sound new and evolving.
For this performance Space Whale Orchestra will be Ted Schneider (alto sax, piano), Erica Corbo (piano, keyboard, flute & voice) & Connor Przybyszewski (Trombone, Duck Caller, Percussion)
Thursday, March 24th 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
$7-10 sliding scale
Fire Museum Presents :
Ross Hammond/Sameer Gupta duo
Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta (Sacramento/NYC):
Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. Ross has collaborated with: Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Nicole Mitchell, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Jeff Parker, Nels Cline, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Max Johnson, Scott Amendola, Sameer Gupta, and more.
Sameer Gupta is a Brooklyn based jazz percussionist, tabla player, and composer. He is the founder of the jazz ensemble The Supplicants and drummer for the Marc Cary Focus Trio. He has also worked with vidyA, Kosmic Renaissance, Grachan Moncur III, Victor Goines, Vincent Gardner, Sekou Sundiata, Sonny Simmons, Marcus Shelby, Calvin Keys, Richard Howell, Dayna Stephens, and Julian Lage.
Mitch Esparza (Philadelphia):
Mitch Esparza plays the delta blues infused with Mexican and Spanish folklore, not to mention some droned out psychedelics rumbling the background. His other band The Love Club is like rolling thunder, but the work he produces in a solo context is more subtle with a focus on the finger-picking shred. (adapted from Dream Oven bio)
Former Creepoid guitarist PeteJoe Urban has a new project called Noema. His debut EP Thought Brings Presence possesses expansive drone-centric tracks that wrap oneâ€™s mind in a deserted, meditative soundscape. As that guitar whines like a siren call and the exterior distractions fall away, your thoughts reach inward, exploring the vibes. – The Deli
Henry Bermudez and
Friday, October 2nd at 6 PM
Saturday, October 3rd from 12-6 PM
Followed by Doug Herren artist talk/presentation on his work at 6 PM
|The subject of identity takes on a specific significance within Henry Bermudez’ work which is partly autobiographical. His influences come from a synopsis of various cultures which he has been exposed to in his travels. Much of his personal iconography is derived from his nocturnal dreams. Resting Snake, [image below] is the Aztec god Quetzacoatl combined with the Christian cross. It speaks to the Catholic colonization of the Mexican people and the subsequent attempt to undermine the Aztec Indian faith.Michelle Marcuses’ recent structures, although seemingly industrial, are anthropomorphic studies based on occurrence due to human folly. Her narrative highlights the resulting consequences such as disintegration the search for belonging, alienation and the need to keep up in an inhumanely deviated world. Her works are a symbol of the human spirit, its endurance, and its vulnerability.|
ARTIST TALK AND PRESENTATION With CAVIN JONES SAYING SOMETHING Saturday August 8th, 2015, 6 PM. Potluck to follow Please join us for an artist talk and presentation with Cavin Jones.A potluck supper will follow, food/drink are appreciated. The sources of inspiration for Cavin Jones’ artistic ideas primarily come from his fascination with American history, the African American experience, the creation of popular music, “sequential art” (comic book art), as well as environmental exploitation. By way of collage, Jones culls images from disparate sources, distilling various ideas into a single painting. This approach simultaneously combines an assortment of media and techniques and infusing his work with many layers of meaning and association.SAYING SOMETHING runs through August 16th More Details: www.housegallery1816.com1816 House Gallery is located on 1816 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125
To see through eyes only what is real.
July 23rd @ 7:30
Fire Museum Presents :
Julius Masri /Ashley Tini duo
Powerdove (Ithaca/NYC) :
Since its inception in 2007, the brainchild of Annie Lewandowski has
grown from a band of one to one band: of color in a spectrum, of
frequency between towers, of bodies reaching toward some abiding
vision of nature. From these issue the voices, loves, and frayed
truths that define the Powerdove sound.
Although the sentiments of Powerdove can be said to have taken root in Lewandowskis native Minnesota, they constitute a landscape unto
itself, where the ratio of land to sky is flipped, so that all
listeners may have room to tread. Her words rest in crucibles of
thought, given shape by the whittling away of excess rather than by
ornament. Whether scintillating or charcoaled, the arrangements around those words follow their own magnetic north toward a horizon stippled with memory. At times insistent, at others peeling back layers to a childhood spent hiding under church pews, every melody thrums with quiet, propulsive energy: a telltale reminder that behind the grayest skies there is always a sun waiting to blind us with the promise of spring.
Wavering between self-assurance and vulnerability, between pasture and eroded crust, Powerdove has the uncanny ability to go underground even as it makes its way skyward. The end result is a temptation, a gust of wind, a storm that never arrives because it was always there, pulsing in our umbilical cords before we ever learned to sing.” -Tyran Grillo, ECM Reviews, 2014
For this show Annie will be joined by Devin Hoff on bass and Corey
Fogel on drums. Devin & Corey will perform short solo sets leading in
to the Powerdove trio performance.
Earth Tongues (NYC) :
An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental
improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a
chance to build new, challenging work that take silence and ambient
sound into full account. Consisting of Carlo Costa on percussion, Joe
Moffett on trumpet, and Dan Peck on tuba, the trio creates immersive
pieces that weave through a Venn diagram of music, noise, and quiet.
Earth Tongues debut album Rune approaches the boundaries of these
three facets head-on. As the title suggests, the sounds that appear
act as symbols to an unspoken language, suffused with meaning while
remaining un-translated and open to interpretation. The ensemble
gradually draws the listener deep into a new world of sound, piecing
together a landscape scattered with glyphs, hidden forests, frost,
tape, and stone.
Julius Masri/ Ashley TiniDuo (Philadelphia):
Julius Masri is a multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, and is
a performer/ composer for the city’s modern dance community at large.
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990, and picked
up drumming a year later. He studied with famed Philadelphia
instructors Carl Mottola and Elaine Hoffman Watts, and, as an
undergrad at Bard College, AACM’s Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum,
and Joan Tower. As a drummer, Julius performs in such bands as Hasidic punk group Electric Simcha, psychotic Ragtime duo Mahogany Stompers, Metal Duo Night Raids, Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns, (of Don Caballero), and countless other projects. He also performs on circuit modified keyboards in duos such as Superlith, with Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton Quartet), Thurman Barker duo, and electronic music phenoms Charles Cohen and Joo Won Park. Julius has also composed and performed music for many Philadelphia based choreographers, and is currently working with Graffito Works dance collective.
Ashley Tini is a versatile performer and collaborator who especially
enjoys promoting collaboration within music communities. Ashley has
premiered dozens of contemporary solo and chamber pieces, performing at venues ranging from The Stone to Carnegie Hall. As a global music advocate, she has researched the traditions of West Africa, South America, Italy and the Balkans. She believes that the language of chamber music across cultures can inspire the development of new music paradigms. Ashley has worked with noted composers Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Torke, Susie Ibarra, Matthew Welch and So Percussion, and has recorded for the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation, and High Two record labels. Together with percussionist Emily Strachan, she regularly performs and commissions new work through their chamber-duo; Duomo . Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied with Ji Hye Jung.
Leaping OUT Upcoming Performance at HOUSE Gallery
For those of you who are awake at this time you can hear this live – it will also be archived:
On Friday May 22, Bonnie Kane and Scott Prato will be doing a live internet radio show on
Morning Feed with Ed Feldman
9:00 – 10:30 AM
We will be interviewing, and playing solo acoustic sets, in preparation for the upcoming show
Leaping OUT! Rare Solos and Duos – a chance to hear these performers in an intimate salon setting, OUTside of their usual music habitats…presented by Bonnie Kane.
Saturday May 23
SCOTT PRATO (NYC/Phila) – solo electric guitar, efx – known for his psychedelic guitar work in many bands, including: Brian Wilson Shock Treatment and Big Plastic Finger – Scott continues his solo work with a new guitar, improvisations and song structures. http:// bigplasticfinger.com/
JEN GELINEAU (Holyoke, Mass) – solo amplified viola and violin, efx – educator, co-curator of the improvisation festival XFEST in Holyoke, member of several projects including Phurn, Jen’s solo work is masterful and dreamlike. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=TuDYIeuB0y8
NEIL FEATHER (Baltimore) – artist and instrument inventor along string/percussion lines – whatever he brings and plays will be mesmerizing – and really interesting to look at! http://neilfeather.org/
SANDRA SPRECHER and BONNIE KANE Duo – Sandra Sprecher (Brooklyn) – piano & electronics; Bonnie Kane (NYC/Phila) – flute, saxophone, electronics, feedback.
is the force behind The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn – a beautiful performance venue featuring international new music, avant-garde, experimental, and improvised music & art – and that houses two baby grand pianos, for Sandra is an exceptional pianist! Her performance work spans improv to contemporary classical. In this rare out of town performance, she will be working with prepared piano and electronics. http://sandrasprecher.com
Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane’s music lives equally in the avant-garde, hard core and psychedelic arenas. Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her work travels through genres of noise, free jazz and improv, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition, manipulating sound into magic. Most often heard in solo or band formats (Big Plastic Finger, I’m With Joo Won, FireMaidens From Outer Space), she also works with several long term duo collaborations, such as this one, with Sandra Sprecher. http://youtu.be/FC827-olGcU
MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST. HER PASSION FOR THE FOLK ART
TRADITIONS, ART RITUALS, MUSIC AND DANCE OF LATIN
AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICA AND THEIR
CONTINUOUS EVOLVING CHANGES ARE AT THE CORE OF
HER INSTALLATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS.
CORTES IS A RECENT RECIPIENT OF A JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION
2014 PAINTING AND SCULPTURE GRANT AND SHE HAS BEEN
AWARDED RESIDENCIES AT PS 1, SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK,
BROOKLYN CHILDRENS MUSEUM AND THE FOUNTAINHEAD
RESIDENCY, MIAMI, FL.
Justin Duerrs work deals with life-forms, dualities and transcendent states. His intricate pen and ink scroll drawings are ongoing installments. There are currently 22 panels and spanning over 60 feet. If he should have forewarning and is able, he hopes to make a final scroll before his death which will connect to the first panel culminating in a huge cycloramic image of his experiences and thoughts.
“If I’m afforded enough time to work on it, I may be able to finish hundreds of feet of this work, and the story arc and characters should be able to prevent many actual real-world disasters in the future by subtle/strange influence. In the meantime, the discipline of the art-activity is creating and shaping me into someone fit to serve the forces I am delineating.“
You may view his work on March 6th, 6 pm-9 pm or by appointment.
November 7- December 14
Michelle Marcuse: works on metal leaf
Michelle Marcuse: work painted silk clothing
Toxic Bloom 5
encaustic, mixed media, 24x24x2
May 2-30, 2014
April 4-27, 2014
March 7 – March 30
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Painted, Cut, Sewn & Reassembled Canvas
First Friday Reception
March 7, 2014 from 6pm-9pm
First Friday January 2014
January 3rd – February 28th
Panel Discussion:The Painted Image and the Role of The Artist Identity: [see Events]
February 27th at 7:30pm
“The images that emerge through the surface of the paintings have a constantly changing character and an unknown organic form. When the mysterious forms are combined with the poetic density of line and color, I am compelled to look at the work for a very long time.” Richard Cramer, Professor Emeritus, Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
POST show 2013
FIRST FRIDAY September 2012
FIRST FRIDAY August 2012
Eder Muniz from Salvador da Bahia in Brazil on First Friday August 3rd through August 10th.
FIRST FRIDAY MAY 2012
FIRST FRIDAY APRIL 2012
Location: 1816 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Reception and opening will be on April 6th, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm. The show will run until the end of April and is open by appointment.
Artist Jim Brossy presents CRACKPOT, a new abstract realism. He offers a new perspective using a variety of materials involving relationships concerned with social relevance and emotional experiences. In Crackpot Realism there is no distinction between living and making art.
The integration of tar, cement, wax, latex, steel, objects and other “non-art” materials along with traditional art materials, eliminates boundaries creating new form. Every material offers a series of sensibilities. Assemblage and collage are methods used to add elements unique to the material, not as a substitute for the painted form or drawn line. Text is used as both a visual and a political element. Through the combination of image and the written word, the paintings can literally be read on several different levels. www.jimbrossy.com
FIRST FRIDAY MARCH 2012
FIRST FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2011
Rebecca Jacoby and Robert Solomon
1816 Frankford Ave is pleased to present the work of two established neighborhood artists, Rebecca Jacoby and Rob Solomon.
Rebecca Jacoby will present abstract work on paper in acrylic, pen, marker and collage. Her work relies on process, impulse and a love of mark making. Jacoby states, “My goal is to possess a range of skills, avoid limitations and challenge myself intellectually, emotionally and creatively”. http://www.rajacoby.com/
Robert Solomon’s background is in sculpture, installation/assemblage and architecture. His artistic journey has taken him from a conceptual and intellectual bri-coleur approach to a physical alchemy of substances (wax, oil, water)on paper, canvas and fabric. His recent work involves ideas, constructs, memory and time using and abusing art-based materials and tools.
Reception and opening will be on December 2nd, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm. The show will run until the end of January and is open by appointment. http://inliquid.org/complete-artist-list/solomon-robert/
FIRST FRIDAY OCTOBER 2011
October 1st – First Friday October 7th
The FIRST FIRST FRIDAY AT 1816 FRANKFORD AVENUE
POST [WEEKEND TWO] OCTOBER 15 – 16, 2011
STUDIOS EAST OF BROAD STREET
First Friday Oct 2011, Douglas Bermudez
October1 – 7, 2011, two installation artists will be working outdoors creating structures at 1816 Frankford Avenue in the Fishtown community.
David Foss works on abstract sculptures made from common everyday components. His configurations suggest various interpretations and meanings. At 1816 Frankford, he will be working on site with demolition materials, building his largest piece yet.
Kathryn Pannepacker is a textile/visual artist. Her interest is in the gestural quality of the woven line together with the combining of diverse imagery such as antique motifs alongside pop-op materials. Her textile pieces are knotted, tied, wrapped and sometimes woven. They are often comprised of mixed media. She will be creating a large piece on a sizeable yard structure.
Both artists reside in Philadelphia and maintain active studios. Douglas Bermudez has his studio in Venezuela.
Creative work will begin the afternoon of October 1st and continue throughout First Friday, October 7th. Gallery indoors will show the work of Henry Bermudez, Michelle Marcuse and Douglas Bermudez.
Image: Douglas Bermudez from the first First Friday Oct 2011