This past Friday and Saturday I was in Philadelphia for a bit of fun. I stayed with my friend, printmaker Patty Smith, who escorted me around town to some wonderful art events. Friday night we attended the opening for the show “14 For 7” at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, with 14 works representing 7 decades of William Daley’s incredibly large hand-built ceramic vessels.
We also stopped by The Print Center to view “Canicular,” a group of commissioned works by Demetrius Oliver revolving around celestial themes. The show is only open on clear evenings because one of the pieces includes a live-feed projection of the star Sirius, and the remote telescope can only pick up the image on cloudless nights.
One of my main reasons for traveling to Phillie was to get some critical feedback from Patty and another friend, Jude Robison, on my new book, Land Forms and Air Currents, so after the Daley show we all met at the Shambala Center where Jude is an active member. Patty and Jude each gave me some great suggestions on how to refine the working dummie. More work ahead, especially on the text, but it’s work that I thoroughly enjoy.
Before leaving Saturday, Patty and I saw yet another exhibit at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Currently on view are Sarah Sze’s large-scale installation pieces. Our favorite piece was on the second floor, composed of large faux-rocks fabricated of printed tyveck stretched over foam or chicken-wire armatures. Photographic images of lichen, moss and various stone patterns and textures make the sculptures look very convincing, while at the same time viewers realize the pieces must be light-weight in comparison to the rocks they represent.
We finished off the day with a turkey plate at the Reading Market before I headed back to Washington, D.C. on the Megabus.