May First Friday Picks

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Now that's a paper trail: Artist Juliana Foster depicts the unreal in a completely realistic manner.


With her latest collection of photographs, local artist Julianna Foster aims to arouse your imagination and mess with your head a little bit. Unlike much of her previous work, “Kirkwood” is void of any characters or human interaction. Rather, the images explore ideas of magical realism, depicting unreal scenarios in everyday settings. The pictorial narrative offers a glimpse into an abandoned home in the woods while the audience is left to make sense of the strange details and elements within it. The collection is an extension of Foster’s second Vox Populi show, “From Morning On,” which was heavily inspired by cinema, particularly Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Four other exhibits will also be opening alongside “Kirkwood,” including a solo show by local multimedia artist Brent Wahl, who experiments with time, abstraction, architecture and optical illusion as he transforms low-tech structures from 3-D to 2-D. (Nicole Finkbiner)

6pm. Through May 29. Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236.

Fighting Kissing Dancing

Isn’t it amazing (and also kind of depressing) how much media play a role in our lives? In the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s latest exhibit, seven short films probe deep into the human experience, exploring ideas about our interactions and intimacies. In Scenic Jogging, Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer is shown running through a city with trite screensavers such as beautiful meadows and tropical paradises as the ugly urban backdrop. The message: Unlike fighting, kissing and dancing, sitting indoors in front of a computer screen is not a primitive desire or instinct. Designed to create an isolated viewing experience, the curated video space consists of a single-channel projection, a bench and a neon sculpture representing the various screens through which we normally consume media. Sadly, with digital devices having replaced the need for human interaction, most of us probably don’t fight, kiss or dance as much as we should. (N.F.)

6pm. Through late summer. The Fabric Workshop & Museum, 1214 Arch St. 215.568.1111., Little Berlin’s inaugural exhibit at its new space in the upper reaches of Kensington, brings together 14 artists who have agreed to either take on a science project of their own (or with a lab partner) or talk about their art as part of a month-long lecture series. Here’s what we know: Dave Kim’s and James Weissinger’s project virtually enslaved Kim to Facebook for a month, trapping him in a world of likes, suggestions and event invitations that he followed up on in the real world. Presumably there will be charts and graphs and documentation about this. Derek Frech and Dan Wallace, when asked for a photograph of their piece, answered that it is “almost impossible to photograph.” Intriguing, to say the least. And then there’s Brandon Joyce, who will either hypnotize you or talk with you about hypnosis. Check for more details. (Roberta Fallon)

6-10pm. Through May 28. Little Berlin, 2026 Hagert St.

Elemental Matters

The progeny of an artist and a chemistry teacher, Jennifer Schmitt seems destined to mastermind a project that weds art and science. The Massachusetts printmaker is one of seven artists whose work is on display in the Chemical Heritage Foundation exhibition titled “Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry.” Curated by Schmitt, the exhibit’s “Periodic Table Printmaking Project” consists of 118 prints by 97 artists arranged in the format of the periodic table of elements. Representing specific elements, each creation is crafted from printmaking techniques like linocut, monotype and lithograph, including Schmitt’s own vibrant woodcuts for elements Helium and Lanthanum. Pops of saturated colors draw the viewer’s eye, and juxtapositions of disparate images from each panel to the next spark curiosity. Annie Bissett’s Chlorine locks focus on toes poised at the edge of a clear pool. Others construct imaginary interpretations, such as Lisa Kirkpatrick’s Krypton, which depicts an accident involving a student’s attempt to gain superpowers. Viewers will be inspired to revisit the subject only grudgingly acknowledged during high school. (Micaela Hester)

5-8pm, Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.

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1. jamesandersodesign said... on May 6, 2011 at 12:58PM

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