Philagrafika 2010: Carrie Scanga at Tiger Strikes Asteroid!

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Carrie Scanga‘s recent solo exhibition View From High Places is stunning in its defiance of gravity. The exhibition which is an independent Project site for Philagrafika 2010 and will run through February 26th, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist run gallery with a great name, located in the venerable 319 North 11th Street building, which is choc-full of collectives and artist run galleries.

The show is really stunning, the majority of the modest gallery space is taken up with a floating tower. The tower is constructed of blue bricks that upon close inspection are schematic drypoint prints folded into bricks and then stacked on top of a delicate, nearly invisible lattice of filament (use caution when entering the gallery so you don’t clothesline yourself and topple the art). At the top of a tower is a single window that looks down upon a huge drypoint print on three full sheets of translucent Gampi paper (seen below), hung lightly on magnets. The view from the artist’s studio window? It’s hard to say but the collision of the fairy tale like tower with the austere, hard scrabble landscape is striking.

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The Artist standing next to her tower, a good indicator of the human scale of the work. Scanga, Philly artist now teaching and working near Portland, Maine, is he recipient of numerous grants and awards including from the Pollock Krasner, the NYFA, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Artspace, and Sculpture Space.

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A close up of the great line work.

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A few shots of the supporting filament.

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A quick peak from under neath reveals 1) no supporting structure and 2) a few floating bricks.

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6 Responses to “Philagrafika 2010: Carrie Scanga at Tiger Strikes Asteroid!”

  1. Tim says:

    Myself and several people tried to view the work on opening night, but were pushed out of the gallery by the artist. Apparently it was more important to photograph the piece than let people see it.

  2. hazel raby says:

    Carrie this is awesome! You did it. So very cool I wish I could see it in person.

  3. amze says:

    Hi Tim,

    I’m sorry you weren’t able to get into the show. I went early to beat the crowds, but I hope my photos didn’t somehow keep you from seeing the work in person.

    I would guess you were not admitted because of the gallery’s very limited capacity, the dozens of lines of filament cutting across the space left only about enough room for four or five folks at a time (the bricks were only stacked on one another – no glue or tape – so one strong bump on the lines and the whole thing woulda come down).

    In any case, opening night is the best time to visit with friends and the worst time to actually look at art; and the shows up all month.

  4. Tim says:

    amze,

    Actually we weren’t able to see the work because the artist elbowed us out of the way as we were trying to enter the empty room so she could take a photograph. We went back later to find the door closed, but a lot of people were outside. When we opened the door the artist was taking more photographs and told us to shut the door. She was the only person in the room.

    You are right about looking at work on opening night, but how self-centered can someone be? And by your response I assume you believe that opening night is the perfect night to photograph your work?

    I wish Carrie all the best as she embarks upon a journey of not letting viewers see the work on opening night.

  5. L. Venuti says:

    That sounds like a unpleasant experience, but If you are that upset just email the artist (website listed in the article). By continuing to post your snark here you are just drawing more attention to this review.

  6. michael connelly says:

    Great work Carrie!