Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data. Rutstein has been an Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she was an Artist at Sea aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen ocean floor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California, and on the Research Vessel Falkor where she created art alongside scientists exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam.
Come one, come all to the Los Angeles screening of WALL WRITERS: Graffiti in its Innocence on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets to the screening are $15-60. The documentary (there is also a 350+ page companion book of the same name), was conceived and directed by Roger Gastman. Legendary filmmaker John Waters narrates the movie and the book’s forward is written by artist Barry McGee.
WALL WRITERS portrays the birth of graffiti and street art in Philadelphia and New York City during the years of 1967-1973. Featuring unprecedented access to and exclusive interviews with graffiti’s originators CORNBREAD, TAKI 183, LSD, OM and more than two-dozen others.
Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create a site-specific explosion event on the front facade of the museum. The project, titled Fallen Blossoms, used a gunpowder fuse, metal net, and scaffolding to activate a blossom pattern for 60 seconds, temporarily setting the columns of the building ablaze.
Famed NYC artist Steve “ESPO” Powers, along with director Joey Garfield (who co-directed Upper Playground’s “The Run UP” series) are set to release “A Love Letter For You,” a multi-genre film that both documents ESPO’s mural project in Philadelphia, but also acts like a proper love story.
Here is the rundown:
A Love Letter For You is a genre-defying new film by director Joey Garfield. A Love Letter For You seamlessly mixes documentary and narrative, love and loss, community and solidarity, art and crime, to paint a compelling portrait of two artists and their impact on the neighborhood they grew up in.
The film documents the notorious graffiti legend, Stephen “ESPO” Powers as he returns to his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia to paint a series of murals on 50 rooftops along the Market train line. The film also weaves in the fictional narrative of FIRE, a young graffiti king who is fresh out of prison on a quest to win back the love and attention of his ex girlfriend. A Love Letter For You mixes a local cast with real-life characters as they rediscover the soul of West Philly and it’s dynamic community.
The film is a multi-faceted project by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is sponsored by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. The murals have garnered international attention and been published in a coffee table book, featured in a gallery exhibition and generated community education workshops.
A beautiful use of light and space by architect Louis Kahn on his Esherick House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Who wouldn’t want to live amongst the Apitong wood and concrete perfection? (images via archdaily)
This is sort of a no-brainer, and we made sure we showed the newest works as well as some of the archived works of Philadelphia and San Francisco-based Matthew Palladino. And to put him on our “radar” per se, as well as a few other artists this week, is a little odd because Palladino is on a lot of collectors’ radars now. But the work is undeniably interesting, a new look from a graffiti artist moving into the fine art, high brow gallery world. Although we felt Palladino’s works from a few years ago were impressive, his newest works, starting with a showstopping show at Baer Ridgway in 2010, are what makes us excited to see the next phase… —The Citrus Report staff
Where do you live? I currently live in Philadelphia
What do you take pictures of? I don’t really have much criteria for this. I do love taking pictures of cats though.
What kind of camera do you use? I have been using thrift store point-and-shoots for the past 16 years. I am currently using a Canon Sure Shot A1 underwater camera and an Olympus Twin Infinity. And I also use my flip phone camera.
Are you formally trained in photography? No.
What are your influences? My photography influences? I mostly look for photos that are funny. I also really love the photos my friends Jesse Riggins and Kelly McCown are taking right now. Kelly has been making her own pinhole cameras and the photos they produce are just crazy.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Probably back in California, where I’m from. Although Philadelphia is pretty great. Hopefully I will be doing some kind of science education.
What makes you happy? I used to race bicycles and riding was my #1 top source of happiness (outside of friendship, which I feel like is a given here). But then I suffered a bad knee injury and can’t ride anymore. So I have had to find new things to make me happy. Now playing the drums/playing music with other women is probably my favorite activity.
This is what is going down in Philadelphia these days, a good yarn bomb on the Blue Line. The artist’s name is Ishknits, and we like what she is doing. It is something that we can show our grandma and tell her this is the new vandalism and she would say, “Oh that is sweet, dear.” Via Wooster Collective.