a new exhibit went up this week at gallery 543, the gallery in building 543 where our cafeteria is located. it’s such a beautiful space on its own, but having artwork on display makes it even better.
the new exhibit features the work of mark khaisman, who we’ve posted about before. he uses packaging tape to create these awesome portraits that play with the tactile nature of the tape and the familiarity of the images he creates.
i think they’re cool because up close all i can see are the lines of tape, but as you distance yourself the images reveal themselves.
gallery 543 started out as a way to showcase the artistic talent of employees here at the home office, but has grown to include local artists and institution shows, with installations rotating every 4-6 weeks. the current exhibit will run through december 1st, monday through friday, 9am-6pm.
“be not the slave of your own past. plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
– ralph waldo emerson
yesterday we told you about a show taking place at johnny brenda’s to benefit the philadelphia independent artist collective vox populi.
i went to their website to check out some of the artists and I was inspired by these paintings by local artist kate stewart, who’s work explores notions of escape and shelter.
did a scavenger hunt of sorts around the office recently, trying to find hot pink things. it wasn’t really all that hard, but…maybe a fun project for you? just pick a random color/object, and spend a day trying to find it.
marc hummel, a philadelphia native and founder of b minus designs, makes these really cool bike-loving products that i thought you would enjoy. all b minus designs are screenprinted by hand. check them out below, along with a short interview with marc.
interview with marc:
where are you from?
philadelphia! south philly, to be precise.
when did you create b minus designs?
in the fall of 2004.
why did you start b minus designs?
my friend leah and i came up with the idea for the “bicycles are for lovers” design while goofing around in our dorm rooms our freshman year of college. our school was in a fairly rural part of new jersey, and we both thought tandem bicycles were the coolest things on the planet. we decided to use our design to launch a t-shirt company that would eventually buy us our very own tandem!
we eventually got our wish, when a fellow student saw our web site and offered us (free!), a red tandem bicycle he had taking up space in his shed. the bike still needs a lot of work, but we’re siked our plot was successful!
what was your inspiration? (this may be a bit off topic, but I’d like to mention it…):
in the summer of 2009, we decided to make b minus designs a 100% non-profit company. the proceeds of every sale go toward my fundraising goal for the 2010 “climate ride,” a charity bicycle trip from new york to washington, d.c.
check out more info. about b minus designs.