Jody Sweitzer

Jewelry

 

Film/Video

 

 


Contact Information

Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art
Off the Wall Gallery

Philadelphia, PA
e-mail: jodysweitzer@gmail.com
www.jodysweitzer.com
www.youtube.com/jodysweitzer
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

My mixed media installations, involve creating site-specific environments that question, challenge, and record the viewers experience and interactions within the space. The spaces I develop are intended to force the viewer to navigate through a physical representation of an emotion, a word or personal experience. By the juxtaposition of materials and space, a path or position is established that the viewer must travel. As the viewer is interacting to my work they are either being monitored through surveillance cameras or are asked to leave a response. By incorporating the viewer as a component of my environments, I am attempting to shift them into an active self-reflective participant.

I generally combine found objects and materials that I can re-purpose with technology. I choose materials based on their seductive quality and the potential effects upon the human senses and psyche. The technology I utilize is site specific and can range from surveillance cameras to motion activated speakers. By physically constructing an environment that conceptualizes the definition of a word or action, the viewer is invited to choose a path of engagement and in turn they, themselves become a part of the definition.

Through the documentary component of my work; still photos, surveillance video, written responses, I am able to examine the human reactions to my work. The constant reassessment of my work enables me to further generate stronger and more symbolic relations between etymology, materials, and space.

Artist Bio

Jody Sweitzer is a mixed-media sculptor who received a full scholarship to attend the University of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Metals in 1995. Combining her education of working with various materials and self taught experiences utilizing found objects, film, video, and computers she established herself as an emerging artist.

In 1993, while in school, she became active in the local arts community by pioneering the, still active, artisan group “Traveling Wares”. She invited and curated up to twenty-five artists to present & sell their work in “out of the ordinary venues”.

In 1999, she became a member of the artist cooperative Vox Populi where she participated in group and solo shows, and was also the financial manager.

Desiring a higher level of critical analysis she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on strengthening her film and video skills. Since graduating from the MFA program in 2003, she has become an active member of the , Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA, the curator for the Off the Wall gallery, a volunteer Art Teacher at two after school programs, a Professor at the University of the Arts Pre-college program and the Arts Editor for the quarterly arts publication XConnect.

Her jewelry has been available in galleries in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Her works in animation, video, installation, and performance have been shown in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and primarily in the Philadelphia area including shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Painted Bride Arts Center, Gallery Joe’s Bird Park, Vox Populi, , Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA, Bridge Street Theater, Gallery Siano, Off the Wall Gallery, and various sites during several years of The Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Her work has received substantial support from the Independence Foundation and the Leeway Foundation and favorable press from such publications as Art News, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper, Art Blog, and the Philadelphia Weekly. Her works delve deeply into voyeuristic acts upon the self while, attempting to shift the relationship of the stagnant viewer to an active, self-reflecting participant.

Education

2003
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Sculpture

1995
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Metals

1987
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Associate Degree, Fashion Design

1985
Academy of Arts, York, PA
Associate Degree, Commercial Design

Awards and Honors

2001
Independence Foundation Fellowship

2001
Leeway Window of Opportunity Award

1999
The Dali Critics Choice Award, International Surrealist Film Festival, NYC

1995
Wesley Emmons Award for outstanding work in metals

Bowling Memorial Award for Metalsmithing

Nominated for The Mary Loise Beitzel Award for Student Excellence

1993
Cantor Full Tuition Scholarship

Professional Experience

2007 – present
Pre-college Professor, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – present
Saturday School Professor, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2004 – present
Curator, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2004 – present
Arts Editor, XConnect Arts Publication, Kelly’s Writer House, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
(Gabe Martinez, Photography)

2000
Videographer, “MURAL”, WHYY – Television, Philadelphia, PA,

Visual Arts Coordinator, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Intern, Academy of Natural Sciences, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Philadelphia, PA

1998 – 2000
Financial manager Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Photography asst. Professor & lab Technician, TUCC School, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1992 – present
Jewelry Designer and Fabricator, Irronically Correct Metal Works, Philadelphia, PA

1990 – 1991
Assistant Hat Designer, Paris Opera, Paris, France

Lectures and Talks

2010
Visiting Artist Lecture, Plastic Club Salon, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Visiting Artist Lecture, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Affiliations

2004 – present
Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2001 – 1995
Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA

1998 – 2001
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Sam Shaw Gallery, North Harbor, ME

Black Parrot Gallery, Rockland, ME

Bibliography

2010
McCutcheon, Lauren , “Good Life”, Philadelphia Magazine, December 10, 2010, 32

2007
Strauss, R.B, “The New Art Season Starts Now!”, Weekly Press, September 5, 2007, 10

Fallon, Roberta, “What we want to see Friday and Saturday, too!!”, artblog, October, 31, 2007

2005
Fallon, Roberta, “Popular Click”, Philadelphia Weekly, October 19-25, 2005, 37

“Lamest way to Criticize an Art Exhibition” 2005 Choice Awards, Philadelphia City Paper, November 3 – 10, 2005, 31

Smith, Matt, “Franklin Funky”, Philadelphia Metro, December 2 – 4, 2005, 14

Fallon, Roberta, “Friday Comes on Saturday”, artblog, January 10, 2005

2004
Sozanski, Ed, “The Illusion of Moment in Sculpture”, Philadelphia Inquirer,
September 16, 2004, W32

Sozanski, Ed, “Video Enticement”, Philly.com, September 17, 2004

Lori Hill, Art Quicks, Philadelphia City Paper, December 16 – 23, 2004, 34

Brath, Erica, “Editor’s Pick”, Philadelphia Weekly

Hill, Lori, “First Friday Focus”, CityPaper.Net, February 5 – 11, 2004

2002
Boxer, Sarah, “Can Not-So-Ordinary Artists Make Ordinary Snapshots? Well Not Really”, Leisure/Weekend Desk, NY Times, March 8, 2002

2001
Strauss, R.B, “A Treasure Trove of Hidden Art”, Avon Grove Sun, October 25, 2001, 16

Strauss, R.B, “The Healing Power of Art”, Press/Review, September 19, 2001, 9

Strauss, R.B, “Fall and All”, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Fall Issue 2001, 44

Clifford, Katie, “Please Touch“, Art News Magazine, May 2001, 83

Strauss, R.B, “Vox Populi Speaks”, AroundPhilly.com, September, 28, 2001

2000
Pennella, Erica, “Fringe Benefits”, Philadelphia Magazine, October, 2000, 37

Fallon, Roberta, “Erector Set”, Philadelphia Weekly, September 6, 2000, 53

Rice, Robin, “Let’s Get Visual” City Paper: Art Issue, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2000

Fallon, Roberta, “Fringe Fest Blocked Out”, Philadelphia Weekly, August 30, 2000, 30

1999
Darr, Jen, “First Friday Focus”, Philadelphia City Paper, June 4 – 10, 1999, 27

Detweiler, Margit, “Objects of Affection”, Philadelphia City Paper, February 12 – 18, 1999, 42

1998
Darr, Jen, “Vox Boxed In”, Philadelphia City Paper, November 27 – December 3, 1998, 16

Detweiler, Margit, Traveling Wares”, Philadelphia City Paper, February 6 – 12, 1998, 46

1996
Detweiler, Margit, ”Tab gets Stabbed”, Philadelphia City Paper,
November 29 – December 4, 1996, 9

Detweiler, Margit, “The Baubles” City Paper: Style Issue, May 3 – 10, 1996, 20

Rubin, Sabrina, “Retro Rocket”, Philadelphia Magazine, June, 1996, 98

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2011
Monologue Series, InLiquid at iHouse, International House, Philadelphia PA

2007
Crowd: stumbling through displaced intimacy, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art,
Philadelphia, PA

2006
Slave monologues, Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Booth, Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Jody Sweitzer, The Vacuum Gallery, www.40North3rd.org

2004
Mine is the Color of 5: adventures of a waxing personae, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Ladies & Gentlemen, Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Conversations with Colored Paper, Charles Addams Foyer, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Jody Sweitzer, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Emotional Baggage weighs heavy over Technical Truths, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Glances, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

101 Seats, Visual Fringe Installation, Quarry Street Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Peep Show, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Atomic Pear, Visual Fringe Installation, Philadelphia, PA

Group

2009
“Elvis All day” Nexus Radio, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Grow, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Faith Project, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2007
The Art + Furniture Experience II, InLiquid and dane décor, Philadelphia , PA

Four by Four: A selection of Video Works by Anita Allyn, Sinae Lee, James Rosenthall, and Jody Sweitzer, InLiquid at iHouse, International House, Philadelphia PA

Happy Smiley Face Club, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Happy Smiley Face Club, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Crises, Annenberg School for Communication, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Benjamin Franklin: American Idol, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Now That We Have Your Attention, Gallery Joe (Bird Park), Philadelphia, PA
with Chris Vecchio

Media Tonic II, Shag part 3, Pittsburgh Filmmaker Pittsburgh, PA

Discontent part1 & 2, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Hit Me – 6 New Resident Artists, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1-800-Oh-MyGod, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
One Bank Street, 5 Spot, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Gabe Martinez

UPenn MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA

16:02:30:27(2-line), Vox Populi Philadelphia, PA

16:02:30:27(2-line), Charles Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002
TV Dinner, Bridge Street Theater, Philadelphia, PA

One Nation Under God, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Lint, Graduate Student Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Cantos, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

My Guardian Angel Wears Rubber Boots, Charles Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Snapshot Show, Beaver College, Glenside, PA

Treasure Hunt, Sink or Swim, Philadelphia, PA

Human Peeves, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Searching for a Hero, Butcher Shop Gallery, Chicago, IL

Thoreau’s Fantasy, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Blushing Bride, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Construction, Victory Garden 3031AD, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

Objectified Realities, Lemme Ax Yous, Ilk Gallery, Denver, CO

1999
He She It, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia. PA

Ephemeral Desires, Lock Jaw Gallery, Philadelphia., PA

Second Chance/ Plan B, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Waiting, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

100 paintings for 100 bathrooms, Dissentia Curatorial Services for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Victory Garden 3031 AD, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Romeo Cubed, Philadelphia Fringe, Animation Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Romeo Cubed, DUT TV Cable 54, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Time Survival Tools, International Surrealist Film Festival, NY

1996
Studio Days, Chester Springs, PA

Retroactive Boutique Show, NYC, Las Vegas, CA

1995
Time Survival Tools, CrossConnect, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Romeo Cubed & Time Survival Tools, Noeware Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Juried

2010
De Ja Vu, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Sixth Annual Community Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Models are artist, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Moments in Time, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
The Whole Nine Yards, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Fifth Annual Community Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Supergirl Show, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Grow, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

$100 and Under, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Enter Digital, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
7 Deadly Sins, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Go Figure, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Six, Six, Six, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Exihibitions Curated

2010
An Offering on Camac, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Identity, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition 6, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mid Summer Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fall Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition 5, Off The Wall Gallery Philadelphia, PA

Spring Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fall Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mid Summer Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

30 year retrospect, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Two Weeks of Tiberinos, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Winter Exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Quattro Amici, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition 4, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fall Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Enter Digital, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition 3, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Spring Show, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Mary Liz Memorial Masters Exhibition 2, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992 – 2005
The Traveling Wares, Annual Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA

Other

2009
Inliquid 10×10, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2007
InLiquid Benefit v. 8.0, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

A Show of Hands 17, MANNA Art Auction, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2000
A Show of Hands 9, MANNA Art Auction, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

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