Aktion Gallery on the Move – Again

Since its recent move to the new space at 535 South Street, the Aktion Gallery has shown an intense drive to live up to its tagline: “We aim to put the cult back in culture.” Not even two months away from its grand re-opening in June, the gallery has transformed the space, showcasing two exhibitions and opening up its homey second floor to workshops covering everything from cyberpunk-inspired life drawing classes to pinup photo-shoots. Now, the gallery is on the search for a new space once again, adding an unexpected element of poignancy to the closing of its current exhibition, Process, this Sunday, August 21.

Visting the Process show feels rather like traveling through strange universes of Kubrickian proportions. Amidst a smattering of animal bones and monstrous figures, the numerous artists in the show juggle with medium and culture so skillfully it might leave you dizzy.

Two InLiquid members feature in the show. The blurred figures in the works by Nancy Halbert blend into their lush worlds of deep reds, thick brush strokes, and textual collages as easily as the furtive characters in a Gothic novel. Chris Macan’s pinhole photography offers a sense of intrusion into haunted ground. The quaint buildings of “Stone Inn” and “Horse Barns” appear to shy away into the background of their lonely, eerily lovely worlds.

A smattering of digital prints by David Aronson disturb and delight with their black and white explorations of fantastical figures and household objects. In “Sorcerers,” two characters that could have stepped from the pages of T. H. White’s The Once and Future King wield magic with the aid of a scrub brush and a plunger.

Not too far away, Jody McGrath keeps in touch with his Northern Ireland origins with works like “Ulster Loyalism Seventies Style,” from which a figure stares out from behind its barrier of acrylic paint and charcoal, vaguely reminiscent of a bandaged Claude Rains in The Invisible Man (1933).

Lily Lisa dredges up the symbols of childhood fairy tales. In “Briar Rose,” she presents a mixed-media window into Sleeping Beauty‘s nightmares. The work twists in an agony of thorns, while a spindle tainted in blood provides the focal point.

Fortunately, the wild dream presented in Process almost seems to be a neverending one. The darkly flowing fabrics of Heartless Revival breathe life into the shadows of Aktion Gallery’s corner spaces, while the nightmares of Anias crawl across the walls (particularly in the appropriately titled “Dream Catcher, Night Terror”). Thérèse Lavery’s acrylic works leap like sunbursts, as the eyes in Brendan Coleman’s photographs stare with unexpected intensity from behind dark veils. Other works by Katie Lulu, Niki Bombshell, Jordan Miller, Dan Mahlman, Traci Godri, Corina Dragan, James Smull, Jim Ulrich, Jeremy Waltman, Ellen Owen, Alisandra Wederich, Daniel Molnar, Angela McQuillan, and John Santerineross leave countless worlds to explore, and less than a week left in which to do it.

Nancy Neill

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract artist whose work combines painting with drawing using lines and scribble to portray…

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract artist whose work combines painting with drawing using lines and scribble to portray the movement and energy of outdoors. Her work can range from very colorful to…

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract artist whose work combines painting with drawing using lines and scribble to portray the movement and energy of outdoors. Her work can range from very colorful to monochromatic. She…

Christopher Houston

Christopher Houston, is a native of Philadelphia with an MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts and a BS in Education…

Christopher Houston, is a native of Philadelphia with an MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts and a BS in Education from Temple University. …

Christopher Houston, is a native of Philadelphia with an MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts and a BS in Education from Temple University. …

Demetra Tassiou

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese…

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Her artwork are imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the…

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Her artwork are imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the colorful environments…

Alice Gonglewski

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still…

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still life paintings.…

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still life paintings.…

Ross Carlisle

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure…

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure to large swathes of color, his work explores opposing forces both actual and imagined.…

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure to large swathes of color, his work explores opposing forces both actual and imagined. …

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