It is Grizzly Grizzly’s largest event to date, utilizing the entire gallery space and even part of the hallway outside just for good measure. The focus of the show is certainly on the diversity of work, but this is only a circumstance of the extensive submissions. Specifically, the exhibit is also concerned with the intelligence inherent in contemporary art and the way in which artists utilize their materials. There is also a certain degree of playfulness and humor, which is telling of a great deal of DIY work in and around Philadelphia. Take, for example, Peter Morgan’s basket of ceramic nachos with cheese and you get the idea. Work in this show, however, comes from not only Philly but places like nearby New York and even as far away as Los Angeles and Ireland.
Within the walls of the gallery (and a little bit outside them) there are all manner of art forms to whet your appetite: installation, photography, video, sculpture and painting. Through the presentation of this diverse grouping of artists and artistry, Grizzly Grizzly hopes to extend the dialogue outside of their peers and the collective itself in order to open new channels of audience engagement and risk-taking. The Grizzlies have one main way to open up an extra means of artistic dialogue, and that is by putting the show to vote. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Grizzly Grizzly encourages visitors to vote on their favorite work. Whichever artist receives the most votes will be awarded a solo exhibition in the 2012 gallery season.
Grizzly member and exhibition programmer Jacque Liu explains that, “Our gallery is a meeting-ground for dialogue. We know that our viewers see vast amounts of art — by giving them the ability to determine a future show, we hope to leverage their knowledge, experience and passion to help us define our audience and, in turn, create a deeper and more meaningful relationship to the work.”
With occupiers on Wall Street and around the country pushing for direct democracy and creativity peaking in a wave of contemporary artists, an audience-voted exhibition makes perfect sense at this moment in history. Come visit “Other Possible Titles” to enjoy the art, but also to participate in the curatorial process. After all, art is for everyone.
Grizzly Grizzly is located at 319 N. 11th St. on the second floor; firstname.lastname@example.org.