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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Out of Context" Skye Gilkerson & Sarah Steinwachs @ Grizzly Grizzly

Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to announce the two-person exhibition ‘Out of Context,’ featuring artists Skye Gilkerson from Baltimore and Sarah Steinwachs, a Philadelphia native. Both artists create intricately collaged works on paper, wielding their X-acto knives with the precision of a surgeon’s blade. Yet their results are radically different – and entirely intriguing – investigations of mark-making and illusory space.
From a distance, Skye Gilkerson’s works on paper look like quiet abstractions. Upon closer inspection, the drawings reveal themselves to be collages built with punctuation marks cut from magazines. The density of the marks, reassembled in loosely formed grids, suggest the passage of time; lifted from their original context, the marks become author-less. The sentences attached to each of these punctuation marks are implied but never revealed, and the basic elements of written communication are transformed into an exploration of structure, referencing architecture and landscape.
Sarah Steinwachs’ series Paper Microcosms began with an impulse to cut out the spaces between the grid lines of graph paper, a practice that transforms the illusion of space into actual space. The lines that remain are contradictory to the air around them, a two-dimensional construct in a three-dimensional reality. By layering these “in-between” dimensions, Steinwachs creates environments suggestive of both the everyday and the fantastic. The multi-layered works function as architectural abstraction - of iron bars over a screened window, for example - and also to the curving nets of string theory.
Skye Gilkerson lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She has recently exhibited her work nationally, in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Nashville, and internationally at the Tate Modern in London, England. Philadelphian Sarah Steinwachs is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University. In addition to being 2011 Fleisher Challenge winner, her work has recently been featured internationally in solo exhibitions in China, Italy, and Israel.
To arrange an interview with the artists before or after the opening (or for further details about this exhibition), please contact
‘Out of Context’
Skye Gilkerson and Sarah Steinwachs
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 6-10PM
September 2-25, 2011
Grizzly Grizzly
319 North 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Hours: Saturday and Sundays, 2PM –6PM
Grizzly Grizzly is a project space in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2009, Grizzly Grizzly has programmed monthly exhibitions, screenings and performances. The gallery is currently under the direction of artists Mike Ellyson, Jacque Liu, Dennis Matthews, Matthew Price, Mary Smull, Cindy Stockton-Moore, and Josh Weiss.

Grizzly Grizzly has taken over my life

So most of anyone who checks in here probably knows that I am a Co-Founder and Co-Director of a project space in Philadelphia since December 2009. I have become extremely lazy with this blog and been focusing all my efforts elsewhere with Grizzly Grizzly but alas this is not a 'blog suicide note' by any means, its more of an apology.
I do plan on updating here more regularly, perhaps changing the focus to go beyond what it started as (art, etc. I liked) and what it became (reposting Grizzly shows). A mix of both and more, and will probably be done in massive bursts of posts. And a s a p.
Grizzly Grizzly as you may know is doing extremely well and getting tons of local and international attention and press. It has been perhaps the most interesting adventure I have embarked on in my life and  I can only suggest to art lovers anywhere to check it out whether digitally or actually. And also please send us your images and proposals at and who knows we'll probably be glad to work with you and get something rad of yours up and shown.
This is not a retreat this is a regrouping.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Lauren Ruth & Ann Gaziano @ Grizzly Grizzly

String (Figure) Theory: Lost and then Found is a site specific installation that incorporates large-scale string figures and absurd monumental forms. Making reference to childhood games and crafts, the work explores experiential aspects of learning and the cross-cultural exchange of myths and the forms they take.

String (Figure) Theory is an on-going collaborative project that explores geometry, ritual, and play through sculpture, installation, photography, and performance. We use games as an insight into human interactions and address the gravity that fun and enjoyment take on when examined
though a critical lens.

The exhibition opens with a reception First Friday, May 6th from 6 to 10 pm.

for more info; please visit or email

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jules Buck Jones @ Champion

Jules Buck Jones’ first solo exhibition at Champion, Animal Again, is comprised of new works on paper, video, and a massive installation, all of which extend his investigation into the concepts of wildlife, natural science, mythology, and abstraction. Animal Again builds on Jones’ earlier work by bringing together both drawing and sculpture - choppier, heavier marks abstract the mask-like animal forms.

Employing a larger-than-life presence intrinsic to the changing dialogue between man and the animal kingdom, his characters continue to center around the hawk, fox, owl, and toad. Depicting these animals without their eyes invites the idea of transformation as each drawing becomes a potential shell for one to enter, wear, or maneuver. The illusion of hollowness is created in response to a fascination with the desire, and sometimes unintentional urge, to actually become the animal. This opens up a new direction which allows for the addition of new media to complement Jones' rhythmic drawing style.

Emerging from a densely-wooded landscape installation, Jones’ works meld his intuitive process with drawings of species indigenous to Texas and the Northeast. Jones closely observes wildlife native to these areas and immerses himself in naturalism while studying notions of shamanism. Jones' concentration draws on stories and the role of animal imagery in prehistory and creation myths - especially as they relate to harnessing real animal power within ceremony. 

Jules Buck Jones was born in Northampton MA and grew up in Northern and Central Virginia. He received his BFA fromVirginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and MFA from University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Jones was Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park in the summer of 2009 and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT this past winter. Showing throughout Texas with solo shows in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, Jones’ works are in the collections of Austin Museum of Art and Everglades National Park. He is also part of several collaborative teams that practice large scale installations and collage. Jones lives and works in Austin.
For further information or images please contact 512 354 1035 or
Animal Again will be on view from February 25 through March 26, 2011. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6 PM. 

Upcoming exhibitions at the gallery include The Sultans Played Creole, curated by James Cope, opening April 2, remaining on view until Saturday, April 30.

Milton F Stevenson V @ Grizzly Grizzly

Grizzly Grizzly is proud to present the work of Milton F Stevenson V.
The exhibition will run from March 4th to March 27th.

Opening with a reception on March 4th
from 6 to 10 pm.

Grizzly Grizzly exchange exhibition with Tompkins Projects

Grizzly Grizzly is proud to announce an exchange exhibition with Tompkins Projects.
Please join us Friday, March 11 from 6-10PM for the opening reception.
Current Grizzlies showing recent work include:
Mike Ellyson
Jacque Liu
Dennis Matthews
Mary Smull
Cindy Stockton Moore
Gallery Hours
12pm to 6pm, Fridays & Saturdays
and by appointment
127 Tompkins Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jo Hormuth opening at Gallery Kusseneers

Jo Hormuth @ Gallery Kusseneers, Antwerp
28.1.2011 - 12.3.2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mike Hein & Carrie Dickason at Grizzly Grizzly

Grizzly Grizzly is proud to present the work of Mike Hein and Carrie Dickason.
The show opens with a reception on Feb. 4th from 6 to 10 pm.
319 North 11th Street
Philly,  PA
Mike’s work is a reconciliation between the real and non-real. Where the found and fabricated become one thing. I annihilate any hierarchy between the two by creating a narrative that seems natural and believable but at once magic and emotive.
Carrie Dickason:
My studio practice is an act of cultivation, allowing intuitive decisions to inform systems that are highly influenced by observations found in nature. Through the use of common materials I make things in order to engage with my surroundings.
I am intrigued by the intersections of urban and rural worlds where garish synthetic colors collide with subtle tones of brown and green; where geometric outlines of factories and telephone towers abruptly interrupt organic contours of rolling hills. I find these moments fascinating and poetic – as graphic emblems of power and innovation.
Using a personal logic based on these observations, I shift geometric and synthetic substances into organic patterns and forms. Building with a palette scavenged from elements of contemporary life, I seduce viewers into a world of materiality -altering their perceptions of common materials through the use of repetition to create transformation.
These drawings were made under the influence of the eroded landscape of New Mexico, where mirage and atmosphere can lead to losing a sense of what is and what isn’t.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

This Friday, Grizzly Grizzly

Join Grizzly Grizzly this Friday, Jan. 7th from 6 to 9 pm as we welcome Derya Hanife Altan and Casey Droege.
Casey Droege will be showing work where she shoots through paper, writing with a deadly weapon.
Derya Hanife Altan is showing a series of divining rods that ideally would find spirits, like a portable ouija board.
Casey Droege’s parents were both artists and made it clear to her that she should go into computers. She now lives and works as an artist in Pittsburgh, Pa. You can find her sprucing up her home, teaching, or selling her wares at
Derya resides in Pontiac, Michigan where she is finishing her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in her spare time she makes traps for ghosts and monsters.

This is gonna be awesome, divining rods light-boxes good stuff and the usual Grizzly shenanigans.
stop by we're at 319 north 11th street, 2nd floor aka under Vox

Bruce Wilhelm, Rob Lee and more at Mulherin Pollard

opening Thursday, Jan 6th from 6 to 9 pm
Mars Needs Answers
317 10th Ave (between 28th & 29th) . New York, NY 10001

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