Fleisher/Ollman Gallery – Frenz

by Grace Bonney

For our second to last post as D*S guest bloggers, Alissa and I wanted to share some images of a really cool exhibit that is currently running at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery right here in Philadelphia. Curated by Amy Adams, the ‘Frenz’ exhibit features works selected by the singer-songwriter Will Oldham. The exhibition was founded on a single simple philosophy: lets take one artist whose work is both artistically interesting and aurally compelling and let him choose other artists to exhibit in a gallery. The choices were made as a result of Mr. Oldham’s connections, friendships, relatives and personal interests. The end result is an exhibit of 11 artists whose work comes together in an interesting and visually appealing way.

Jill Gallenstein’s paintings and drawings are marked with a meticulous detail that can be appreciated on many different levels. Her exploration of symmetry, chaos, patterns, time and space come together in an elegant and colorful piece of art.

The smaller format of Kyle Field’s art, invites viewers to get intimate as he explores community, commerce and nature.

And lastly, because we are completely in love with his work and wish we could sustain ourselves on his art alone, I present you with a piece from Felipe Jesus Consalvos. Born outside Havana in 1891, Consalvos was a cigar roller who used found objects to create his beautiful collages, many of which were political statements. Check out the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery Gallery for more info!

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