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Fleisher/Ollman Gallery – Frenz

by Grace Bonney

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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.

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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.

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

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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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