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Take Two Plunges with Brian Sanders JUNK

Posted September 11th, 2018

Brian Sanders’ JUNK has sold out Philly Fringe shows every year for almost twenty years with innovative, ingenious, and boundary-defying choreography. This year, us “JUNKies” have double the chance to see the highly physical, energetic dance company: For the 2018 Fringe Festival, JUNK is presenting TWO shows: FIGMAGO (through September 23) and Plunge (through September 22).

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A multi-faceted artist, Sanders shows us his family-fun side with FIGMAGO, an ongoing collaboration with muralist Meg Saligman.

Meg Saligman’s Theatre of Life mural.

“Meg and I share a lot of the same aesthetics,” Sanders tells FringeArts. “Bold but not over-the-top, dynamic, intense and emotional.”

The artists connected at the dedication of Saligman’s Theatre of Life mural on Broad and Lombard streets. “I repelled down the face of this giant mural and danced among the painted figures,” he says. “We always knew we would work together but we just didn’t know when and how, but the right space and the right time brought about FIGMAGO.”

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2018 Festival Spotlight: Family Friendly Fringe

Posted August 24th, 2018

The Fringe isn’t always adults only! Everyone is welcome at these fun, engaging performances suitable for the whole family.

Chichi Chip (an ode to the Gnarly)
Philly Kerplop
An interactive performance featuring hip-hop dance and a live marching band, taking place in Philly’s iconic LOVE Park. Philly Kerplop’s display of humor and daring physical dexterity will activate the park spaces in ways that feel both familiar and awe-inspiring.
More info and tickets here

FIGMAGO
Meg Saligman Studio
FIGMAGO is part art installation, part room escape, and all parts wonderfully immersive. Enter the mind of a muralist as you explore secret passages and mesmerizing art to discover a mysterious mural that comes to life. YOU become the artist as the story unfolds. Hands-on and phone-free fun for all ages!
More info and tickets here

Garden of Vessels
Sina Marie (I Am a Vessel Youth Initiative)
Welcome to the future of the pop-up garden phenomenon. Imagine a garden where imagination and technology fall in love, cultivating the minds and innate abilities of the youth to a full bloom. Visionary Sina Marie creates an interactive experience. A diaspora from the underground up! We welcome you to…the Garden of Vessels.
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2018 Festival Spotlight: Visual Art

Posted August 24th, 2018

Here at the Fringe, we love all types of art, not just performance! Come see this eclectic mix of visual art shows being displayed throughout the city and online.

Artworks Trenton & Common Threads Gallery Presents…
Common Threads Gallery / Artworks Trenton
Exhibitions and programs taking place at Artworks Trenton include two exhibitions, Art of the Counterculture (TPRFM) and Pride and Prejudice (André Terrel Jackson); song craft by Danielia Cotton; and a featured performance by master storyteller Denise McCormack (see above). See website for a breakdown of events.
More info and tickets here

A Stroke of Luck
Tom Luther
A Stroke of Luck is an audio/visual reflection on my experience of having a stroke, and the subsequent recovery process. It combines video, still photography, and audio using generative methods and fixed forms.
More info and tickets here

Color
Ellen Duong
Color is an interactive watercolor effect, non-photorealistic renderer that displays a 3D scene as if it were a watercolor painting with interactive artistic UI tools. This project was originally developed as part of the 2018 Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program and has been extended.
More info and tickets here

Cycles
William Stallwood
An exploration of visual design through emergent systems, part of the Digital Fringe offerings in the 2018 Fringe Festival. All Digital Fringe shows go live by September 6 and are FREE and ongoing all Festival long.
More info and tickets here

ear whispered

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me. Photo by

ear-whispered: works by Tania El Khoury
Tania El Khoury
Working between Lebanon and the United Kingdom, Tania El Khoury meticulously crafts innovative performances and installations that engage the audience in multi-sensory interaction. These five interactive installations and performances take place at sites at Bryn Mawr College and at art galleries in Old City.
More info and tickets here

FIGMAGO
Meg Saligman Studio
FIGMAGO is part art installation, part room escape, and all parts wonderfully immersive. Enter the mind of a muralist as you explore secret passages and mesmerizing art to discover a mysterious mural that comes to life. YOU become the artist as the story unfolds. Hands-on and phone-free fun for all ages!
More info and tickets here

One Hundred Abstracts
Katharine Goodall
This is an exhibition of paintings displayed in various locations throughout the city.
More info and tickets here

Pareidolic Expanses
Orlando Saverino-Loeb
Solo exhibition by Orlando Saverino-Loeb with paintings that stem from an exploration of visual primary sources. “How can I make a painting that eliminates what I want to force on the viewer? I want to give more power to the viewer, because I’ve always thought that the viewer is more important than the painter.”
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Shelter: A Sculpture Exhibition
Da Vinci Art Alliance / Philadelphia Sculptors
Juried by Elaine Crivelli, this group exhibition features thoughtful and original three-dimensional artworks exploring the idea of shelter.
More info and tickets here

Works on Paper
Da Vinci Art Alliance
A group exhibition, juried by Moe Brooker. While thematically open, this exhibition features the diverse and tactile nature of work with and on paper including drawing or painting on paper; hand-pulled, photographic, or digital prints; collage; and paper constructions. Image: Moe Brooker, Future Memories, mixed media.
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Fringe is pretty as a picture!

 

Chuck Schultz Is That Guy Sketching the Fringe

Posted August 23rd, 2018

Who’s that guy sketching in the back of this Fringe show? It’s probably (though not necessarily) Chuck Schultz, a fine art-trained sketch artist. Schultz’s sketches of dance and theater provide a visual review of Philadelphia performing arts year-round and he brings his talents to bear on numerous Festival shows every year.

Schultz recently sketched FIGMAGO, an ongoing mesh of art and dance which runs as part of the 2018 Fringe Festival. He spoke to FringeArts about how his work intersects similarly with different art forms.

FIGMAGO

FringeArts: What’s your background?

Chuck Schultz: I grew up in New Jersey. I lived on a farm. When my parents divorced I lived on the Jersey Shore. I liked to draw people, or super heroes, and when I met another artist in Toms River, NJ, I decided that is what I am: an artist. I first attended Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington and I moved on to get a certificate of fine art painting at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


When I graduated college I tried to weave myself into where artists could find work. I been fortunate to be able to work with author Thom Nickels, photographer Katherine Weber, Thomas Kerrigan at the Kimmel Center, hairstylist Julius Scissor, and writer Chris Munden. I worked with an exceptional couple in Conshohocken: Jim Victor and Marie Pelton, alumni of PAFA. They are making food sculptures that give you an appetite! It is that effect that I am trying to copy.

FringeArts: How did you get into sketching theater?

Chuck Schultz: I always wondered what was happening inside theaters. I would just walk by while getting from point A to point B and I felt there must be something special inside them. When my father died in 2011, I began spending a lot of my time painting in Ocean Grove, NJ, where I met David Bates, a retired actor from the 60s who worked in movies, theater, commercials, and helped start The Muppets with Jim Henson. It was only natural for me to draw what I saw when going to the theater. It made me feel connected to the artists.

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