Philadelphia City Paper
CURATOR: “Out of Bounds” @ Schuylkill Center
Philadelphians are by now, used to the disrupting presence of outdoor art. Claes Oldenburg’s giant clothespin and the larger-than-life game pieces of Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis and Roger White adorn the nucleus of Center City, and murals and mosaics pepper urban blocks in all directions.The upcoming “Out of Bounds” exhibition at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education explores this fascination with open-air art, placing work originally meant for an indoor studio in an outdoor space. The exhibition, a collaboration with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, also features works by other current and past CFEVA Career Develoment Program fellows Susan Benarcik, Booke Hine, Darla Jackson, Mami Katoand Caleb Nussear. And best of all — just like the city’s downtown public art — there is no entrance fee.
Ana B. Hernanadez hopes the installations will “provoke viewers to consider more closely spaces they may overlook in their everyday life,” inviting a more diverse audience that includes those who may not seek art in traditional settings. Hernanadez’s Wart is composed of over a hundred satin and rope modules that reference a foreign body rooting around a host, a concept of growth and colonization she believes would lose its humor and spontaneity in an indoor gallery.
Scott Pellet‘s Somerset highlights the themes of “post-industrial decay, reclamation of nature and the maintenance of the balance.” The outdoor work highlights the dichotomy of nature and progress. Pellet notes his own work is about “seeing natural patterns and systems as metphors for our social and economic construction, our policies and ultimately the successes and failures within the ‘eco-systems’ we create.”
Through Sept. 2, free, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, 215-482-7300,schuylkillcenter.org.