Out and About: Fall Art Season in Philadelphia & Wilmington

“I recently had the pleasure of seeing a number of exhibitions by artists whose work acts as a catalyst to important issues while also being conceptually and aesthetically rigorous.  Deirdre Murphy’s exhibition “Oculus” is the result of a residency at the University City Science Center.  She has created gargantuan paintings inspired by gazing at molecules in the microscope that are lyrical, dramatic, and painstakingly created.  I loved the show even more after interviewing her for a podcast on Art Watch Radio .  I also visited Ana Viscara Rankin’s solo show at Kitchen Table Gallery where she interprets maps and human migration through abstract and layered paintings, which like Murphy’s work, comment on climate change and how we affect our environment.  Her installation was very compelling and joined the sky and earth both literally and figuratively.  In “That’s When We Flew” at UBIQ, Aubrie Costello has expanded her silk graffiti to include imagery of her creative collaborations on silk as well as wearable art.  Her opening event was an exciting alchemy of art, fashion, music, and fun.  Her recent collaborative work involves performers and creatives that enliven her works and allow them to move in the world and amidst relationships.  It was wonderful to see her silk installations and wearable creations engage audiences in new and unexpected ways. 

Erica Zoe Loustau mounted a large-scale, site-specific installation in the atrium of the Delaware Contemporary for all of 2019.  “New Heights” is grand, abstract, colorful, and dynamic.  I wanted to lay under it and bask in its grandeur and subtle movement.  Her work is always incredibly complex and impressively presented.  This installation is no exception and greatly enhances the industrial architecture of the museum.  Also at the Delaware Contemporary, John Singletary’s solo exhibition “Anahata,” was an experience to savor.  In the darkened gallery, his black and white photographic imagery was aglow on OLED electronic canvases where the imagery moved, pulsed, and morphed before my eyes.  Anahata is Sanskrit for “unhurt” or “unbroken” and corresponds to the energies of the heart and a harmonic connection to the celestial realm.  Being in his gallery felt like a religious experience as the imagery conjures ritual, dance, prayer, and human connection.  The figures engaged in movement, the sound of abstract sonic harmonies, and the glow of modulating light were magical.  His work is a testament to what can come from elaborate collaborations with fellow artists as his work involved numerous contributors to bring the totality to fruition.  Comingling ancient symbolism with modern technology, his work illuminated the power of black and white photography at its most luscious.”

- Amie Potsic

Artist Credit: Aubrie Costello

Artist Credit: Aubrie Costello

Artist Credit: Aubrie Costello

Artist Credit: Aubrie Costello

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy and Scott White

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy and Scott White

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Deirdre Murphy

Artist Credit: Ana Viscara Rankin

Artist Credit: Ana Viscara Rankin

Artist Credit: Ana Viscara Rankin

Artist Credit: Ana Viscara Rankin

Erica Zoe Loustau at The Delaware Contemporary "New Heights" 2019

Erica Zoe Loustau at The Delaware Contemporary "New Heights" 2019

Erica Zoe Loustau at The Delaware Contemporary "New Heights" 2019

Erica Zoe Loustau at The Delaware Contemporary "New Heights" 2019

Dryads , John Singletary, 5’ x 3’ OLED Installation, Pigment Print 24” x 42”

Dryads, John Singletary, 5’ x 3’ OLED Installation, Pigment Print 24” x 42”

Providence (detail),  John Singletary, 3’ x 30’ OLED Installation, Pigment Print 24” x 18’

Providence (detail), John Singletary, 3’ x 30’ OLED Installation, Pigment Print 24” x 18’

Installation View - The Delaware Contemporary,  John Singletary, OLED Multimedia/Sound Installation,  Photo Credit: Rick Wright

Installation View - The Delaware Contemporary, John Singletary, OLED Multimedia/Sound Installation,
Photo Credit: Rick Wright