Head over to 415 South Street to see a storefront window installation made by students from Fleisher's Teen Lounge, the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative, and local artists Yis Goodwin and Joe Boruchow.
In partnership with the Arts on South program of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, "Everyone has their own arrow" was inspired by the young people's interest in street art and text, and the artwork of local artists Joe Boruchow and Yis Goodwin. Students came together to create a window installation in an empty South Street storefront, using paper cut out and lettering techniques taught by Joe and Yis.
This one-time workshop used the "arrow" as inspiration-exploring arrows as a literal, visual symbol, and as a metaphor allowing students to express ideas about their life, goals, and direction through text. Students assembled their pieces alongside original work by Joe and Yis to create an eye-catching, collaborative window installation.
Check out photos, video, and stories from the installation at the Teen Lounge Blog.
The Fleisher Art Memorial has designed a series of public art projects for teen lounges in Southeast Philadelphia, to take place from Summer 2011 – Spring 2012. The projects are designed to teach students a new creative skill or technique, give them an opportunity to work closely with a professional artist, and engage teens with varying levels of arts experience in a collaborative process. These “public interventions” will all be temporary, large scale projects created in outdoor or public space that creates a surprising, visually exciting, or thought-provoking experience for people passing by. This fall, teens will work with guest artist Jennie Thwing in a stop motion workshop: What's In Your Backpack? Teens will create a stop motion animation using the contents of their backpack. They will explore how to make inanimate objects “move,” and combine their individual ideas and movements into a large choreographed event. The video shoot will be open to anyone walking by in the center.
VISITING ARTIST BIO
Jennie Thwing is an artist, curator and educator who specializes in video and new media. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and she is a member artist in several recognized artist collectives in Philadelphia and New York. Her involvement in the art world directly influences her teaching as she brings to her students an informed perspective on new media in Art. Jennie is featured in Fleisher's Wind Challenge 1 Exhibition, which is on view from September 16 to October 30. You can come to the gallery at Fleisher any time between 10am and 5pm to see the exhibition. The stop motion video by the teens will be screened at the closing reception on Sunday, October 30 from 4-6pm.