In our last post, we told you about “DUMPSTER DIVERSions”, our 25th anniversary pop-up exhibit by 46 members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, that predictably unpredictable band of found-object artists and their painter/photographer/performance artist friends….
Some of the more than 125 works you’ll find behind our purple door.
TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH
Based on the encouraging feedback we’ve received in our first two weeks (hey, we can never predict what will happen when we schedule one of our unlikely projects!), we’ve extended the exhibit to Saturday, Nov. 4.
Collage, fiber and found-object art by Eva Aanya Preston, Ellen Sall, I. George Bilyk, Burnell Yow! and Bruce Gast
Last month, we told you about our upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers.
The Divers are that spirited band of found-object artists and friends (photographers, painters, a poet and more) whose homes and studios we’ve documented on our “Unexpected Philadelphia” website.
A 1990s rogue’s gallery of (semi-)dressed-up Divers….
Over the past two years, we’ve introduced you to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that big-hearted coalition of artists who have played, exhibited and produced witty, found-object art together since 1992.
Who are these people, and do they always dress like that? Well, actually, some of them do…. (Photo by I. George Bilyk)
We’ve also led you on photo tours of 15 striking Diver homes and studios…
Click here to visit the secret lairs of artists like (clockwise from top left) Alden Cole, Isaiah Zagar, Susan Moloney, and Betsy Alexander & Burnell Yow!
YOU ARE INVITED….
This April Fool’s Day marked the Divers’ 25th anniversary and, to celebrate, we’re hosting “DUMPSTER DIVERSions”, an exhibit of the Divers’ found-object art assemblages, collages, paintings, photography and more in our South Philadelphia studio.
Definitely the Divers: Work by Bruce Gast, Randall Cleaver and Leslie Stuart Matthews. (Photos courtesy of the artists.)
Opening night is Friday, October 6 from 6-9 pm, and our doors will open every Friday and Saturday in October from 6-9 pm at the corner of E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street. Continue reading
When Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum moved to Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall in 2008, they asked city artist Leo Sewell to build a replica of the Statue of Liberty’s torch and arm, which had originally been displayed in the park during the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
Leo obliged the children’s museum – with a fun-filled, 40-foot rendition that features everything from toys and skis, to discarded license plates and road signs.
Leo Sewell’s Lady Liberty tribute took three years to plan and construct. (Photo courtesy of Leo Sewell.)
PLAYING IN THE (JUNK) YARD
Leo’s introduction to the joys of junk came early, when he explored the dump near his childhood home. His dad taught him to use tools, and soon he was shaping and assembling industrial discards into wonderful new objects.
Leo constructs a flamingo in his studio. The bird and its partner now grace the lobby of a Florida business building.
What happens when a longtime potter with a background in teaching and television takes a papermaking class?
If it’s Philadelphia area artist Carol Cole – with a love of multicultural art and a penchant for found objects – the results probably won’t fit in your stationery drawer….
Carol’s “Turn of the Century: 500 Familiar Objects from 1999” is made of paper pulp imbedded with – yes – 500 real objects ranging from a wristwatch to a wrench. This outdoor version is cast in fiberglass.
A major perk of belonging to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that merry band of artists who have played, exhibited and produced witty, found-object art together since 1992 – is that we get to hang out in the area’s most creative homes.
Today our Unexpected Philadelphia website takes you on another Dumpster Diver photo tour – this time to the inspiring home, studio, and garden of Susan and Patrick Moloney.
Patrick and Susan Moloney with one of their ever-ready coffee makers
Linda Lou Horn always dreamed of becoming an artist.
So when the long-time nurse, elder care activist, and gestalt psychotherapist decided to radically change up her life at age 50, she marked the occasion with a two-mile free fall from an airplane.
Linda Lou with “Going Nowhere Fast” in her polka-dotted dining room.
Now the much-exhibited, found-object artist – whose art-and-imagination-filled home we profiled last summer – has landed in a one-woman show at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens through August 28. Continue reading