March First Friday Picks

PW’s choices for March gallery hopping.

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Wigged out: Kembra Pfahler's The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black can be seen at Vox Populi as part of "Dead Flowers."

Photo by Bijoux Altamirano

“Pre-Career Retrospective: Works from 2009-2010”

The plight of the young artist is to toil in obscurity, constantly updating an indexhibit site, dreaming of one day being re-blogged. This process becomes literal at Extra Extra Gallery this month in “Pre-Career Retrospective: Works from 2009-2010,” where visual pieces are plucked directly from photographer Brad Troemel’s Web site without his express consent. The curators act as bloggers, moving regenerated images through electronic and physical spaces. Troemel, known for his work with Vice magazine, is an artist who thrives on the Internet. He’s a regular contributor to popular art blogs like bevel and boss and works on the Tumblr collectives Jogging and Impressions. The concept for the show is witty, the work wittier. Troemel’s photography is immediate and irreverent, capturing ephemeral and immaterial moments. He uncovers the art of everyday life—the awkwardly placed items, the self-conscious expressions, the emotional gestures. The mixed-up platforms, players and intentions at Extra Extra Gallery are cynical, earnest and intensely vulnerable. Stop by at 8 p.m. to hear Troemel’s artist talk and stay till 10 for the usual mix and mingle. (Manya Scheps)

7-10pm. Extra Extra Gallery, 2200 Sepviva St.

“Dead Flowers”

Sixties underground film icon Tim Carey rocketed to fame with his ability to portray crazy. His brief moments on screen opposite Marlon Brando in The Wild One and James Dean in East of Eden made him a legendary Hollywood ham. Generally, though, the actor and director spurned mainstream movies for work in the film underground where he wrote, directed and starred in the cult classic The World’s Greatest Sinner, a movie in which a man with a God complex gets his comeuppance. Carey—honored this month in the group show “Dead Flowers” at Vox Populi—died in 1994 at age 65, and the Vox exhibit showcases memorabilia from the artist’s career as well as work by contemporary leaders in today’s underground art scene, including Scott Ewalt (who appeared in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 2) and Marti Domination (Cremaster 1). The opening includes performances by some of the featured artists. (Roberta Fallon)

6-11pm. Through March 31. Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St., third fl. 215.238.1236

 

“.matrix.”

Hey, Philly, time to slick down those cowlicks and get gussied up. We’ve got company coming—and they’re bringing cameras. Beginning tomorrow and running through the weekend, the Society for Photographic Education hosts their 47th-annual national conference in our humble town. Arriving just in time for First Friday, conference attendees can opt to take a bus tour of local independent galleries, including the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC). Visitors can get a sneak peek at PPAC’s third exhibit “.matrix.,” which doesn’t officially open until next week, but features work from nine photographers attempting to push the limits of printed images. Additionally, esteemed artists Dawoud Bey, David Graham, Lisa Kereszi, Justin Kimball, Richard Renaldi, Hank Willis Thomas, Dr. Deborah Willis and John Willis will sign copies of their respective books. The event is free and open to the public and a great chance to scope out a true Philly treasure along with some of photography’s finest. (Erica Palan)

6-9pm. Through May 28. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.5678.

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