As part of our “Fellows Friday” web feature, we focus on the artistic lives of our Pew Fellows: their aspirations, influences, and creative challenges. This week, we speak to 2011 Pew Fellow Joy Feasley, a self-described “landscape painter” whose work tends to be small-scale and intimate—supernatural scenes painted in rich, saturated colors that result in a hybrid of abstract and figurative art.
What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?
I sometimes paint the things I think I could be doing. A lighthouse keeper, lookout in a fire tower. I wonder if I would be good at divining. I am good at finding four-leaf clovers.
What images or things keep you company in the space where you work?
Color charts, a planisphere, binoculars, and a photograph of my Rottweiler, Fanny, swimming in Echo Lake, Mount Desert, Maine.
How does residing in this region contribute to your artistic practice?
There is a collaborative spirit in Philadelphia. When someone has an exhibition, we say, “What can we do to help?” Museums such as the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and cooperative galleries like Vox Populi, encourage experimentation and have created a communal laboratory for art.
What is your favorite title of an art work?
“I’ll Be Your Mirror” by the Velvet Underground, and hence the title of Nan Goldin’s book of photographs.
If you could live with only one piece of art, what would it be?
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch. I could look at that painting forever and see something new every day.
In conjunction with the ongoing reFORM project, Temple Contemporary hosts a discussion with Feather Houstoun, member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
At the time of Occupy Wall Street, the Center commissioned this essay by Moore, one of the instigators of The Real Estate Show, a 1980 exhibition in New York’s Lower East Side on gentrification and property ownership.
Actress Estelle Parsons has found success on stage, screen, and television, often playing characters who can best be described as fanatical or neurotic.
This month’s Pew Fellows news highlights include a new opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Hodder Fellowship through Princeton University for set designer and theater artist Matt Saunders, and new exhibition works by artists Tim Portlock, Jane Irish, Alex Da Corte, and more.
Artist Ken Lum discusses the importance of “the local” in the globalized realm of the visual arts.
You have to almost exhaust yourself sometimes to let yourself say what it is, or do what it is, in the most honest way.
Arcadia University Art Gallery presents an exhibition of early artwork by the late Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s.
Sonia Sanchez is a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
The Institute of Contemporary Art set about organizing the first posthumous survey on the art of Jason Rhoades, consulting with the artist’s colleagues and collectors.
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has begun to establish relationships with its neighbors in West Philadelphia and open conversations with communities outside the university.
An opening reception for Preface will be held on March 10, featuring a community meeting and a panel discussion with the artists.