Six Times the Unexpected at Armory Arts Week


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When life keeps throwing the unexpected at you, sometimes the best way to cope is to throw the unexpected right back at it. It’s how InLiquid member Melissa Maddonni Haims dealt with a continual onslaught of personal loss. She worked through her mourning in the manual process of knitting, yarnbombing memorial stones for lost loved ones, or counting out gun violence deaths in fabric bullets.

In person, Melissa is a Joan Jett Mama Bear: caring and determined center topped with a fierce haircut and hip demeanor. This determination carried her all the way to PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in New York earlier this March, where she wowed visitors to the InLiquid booth with her stories, her work, and ten straight hours of knitting on site every day.

That determination also got her a shout-out as one of 32 not-to-be-missed artists featured during Armory Arts Week on artnet News. While Melissa’s work put Philadelphia on the radar for this fair circuit, we also caught a few other national and international artists taking a swing at the unexpected. Check out a few of our favorites below:

also at PULSE

IMAG1482Moby, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC

At once disturbing and magnetic, Moby’s photography series cut off visitors to the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery booth in a Twilight Zone universe that existed separately from the larger fair going on around it. Once caught up in a staring contest with the masked and robed figures in his pieces, it’s almost impossible to look away. You have entered his post-apocalyptic reality, where curiosity eternally struggles with fear of the unknown. Just be sure not to dive too deeply, where only future-earth Charlton Heston will hear your screams.

Christian Rex Van Minnen, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

A mix of the kind of blobby cellular formations you might find under a microscope, and the meaty remains you might find in Dexter’s kill room, the paintings of Christian Rex Van Minnen are equal parts revolting and beautiful. The torn flesh is so realistic you can almost watch the canvas bleeding.

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IMAG1559Hiroshi Shinno, YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan

It’s not quite Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Yes, the plants have taken on a new invasive life form, but luckily they’re not bent on destroying anything except your preconceived notions. Hiroshi Shinno takes petals, seeds, and other organic elements and sculpts them into incredibly realistic-looking bugs. Beetles, mantises, and more bloom into pale delicacy.

IMAG1534Nobuaki Onishi, MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

A high heel. An arrow. A butcher’s cleaver. It’s hard to tell at first how a series of props could warrant Nobuaki Onishi a place at Volta. Until you look closer and realize that the objects themselves aren’t real – they’re simply mockups made of transparent resin and painted to look like their originals. Household artifacts have never been so exciting.

IMAG1502Dustin Yellin, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles

Dustin Yellin‘s 3D collages scream their way through layers of glass. Miniature clippings of tigers and tidbits swim into human-like formations, a chaos that presses its hands against the glass in existential crisis. Two-headed and exponentially divided, the series presents a colorful character conundrum.

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.
Cathleen Cohen
Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Artist and InLiquid member Ursula Hertz Sternberg passed away September 22, 2000. The following is an obituary reprinted from the Chestnut Hill Local.
Ursula Hertz Sternberg
Ursula Hertz Sternberg

Artist and InLiquid member Ursula Hertz Sternberg passed away September 22, 2000. The following is an obituary reprinted…

Artist and InLiquid member Ursula Hertz Sternberg passed away September 22, 2000. The following is an obituary reprinted from the Chestnut Hill Local.…

Artist and InLiquid member Ursula Hertz Sternberg passed away September 22, 2000. The following is an obituary reprinted from the Chestnut Hill Local.…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made structures and nature intersect. Her paintings are strongly influenced by the graphic stylizations and compressed spaces of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Kishita’s paintings are in a number of private/corporate collections, including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente. She has participated in artist residencies in New Mexico, Russia, and Iceland and exhibited at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a BFA and MFA from the University of the Arts.
Michele C. Kishita
Michele C. Kishita

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made…

Patrick Michael Accessories
Patrick Michael Accessories
Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay.
Lisa Graf
Lisa Graf

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

Lisa Graf is a ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She creates abstract, organic, biomorphic forms in clay. …

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