Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Snap Happy, in all its one hour forty five minute glory

Snap Happy is an online panel discussion regarding the affect of digital technology and social media on the field of photography. First off, meet your Ahem.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This November...

Join Manifesto-ish for a another thrilling online panel discussion:

Snap Happy is a video discussion regarding the effect of digital photography and social media on the field of photography.

The discussion will occur in mid-November

Discussion statement:

Photography has long been a medium of the masses. Accessibility alone has caused an immense proliferation of amateur imagery in this arena. Professional photographers have had a long row to hoe regarding differentiation between low and high skilled snapping. With the onset of digital imaging technology as well as social media, the aforementioned proliferation has sky rocketed. For those of us unfortunate enough to participate in the world of social media with regularity, we find ourselves bombarded by personal photography. I have spent many a misplaced minute scrolling through the Facebook photo albums of friends of friends (aka people I don’t know). Even beyond social media, the internet is photo-laced. These images often appear apart from context and origin.

It feels as though the photographic playing field has changed yet again. Manifesto-ish has invited a handful of photographers and artists to participate in this online discussion. At this point our roster includes:

Mark Havens
Stefan Znosko
Sean Corbett
Matt Zigler
Lauren McCarty
Christopher J. Butler

Here's a link to the Facebook event:

--Jessie Clark & the Manifesto-ish crew


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


One of my apolcalyptic jean paintings got into a show at TheaterLab via the Estrogenius Theater Festival. Here are some links for more information:

I was a juror for the following exhibition: check it out!

'Making IT' Exhibition to Showcase Work by Recent UArts Alumni

Juried show, featuring the classes of 2003 through 2013, takes place October 10 – 26 in Hamilton and Arronson Galleries

"Vines" by April Field BFA '11 (Jewelry).

Making IT: Alumni Works '03-'13" is a juried exhibition of works by recent alumni. Over 150 works were submitted by UArts alumni from the classes of 2003 through 2013, including undergraduate and graduate alumni. The 57 works that were selected create a coherent and innovative exhibition, showcasing the excellence and artistic diversity of our recent alumni.

This is the first year the exhibit includes an invitational portion. This year's invited artists are Michele Kishita BFA '97 (Painting), MFA '10 (Painting) and John Souter BFA '12 (Crafts), whose work will be featured in Arronson Gallery.

Making IT will be on display October 10 – 26 in the lobby of Hamilton Hall and the adjacent Arronson Gallery (320 South Broad Street), with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"Composite 1" by Mason Owens BFA '13 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts).

Thank you to the Making IT jury for their time and expertise: alumna and faculty member Shelley Spector BFA '94 (Fine Arts); alumnae Veronica Cianfrano MFA '10 (Painting) and Jessica Clark MFA '10 (Painting), both co-founders and curators at CHER (CHampions of Empty Rooms); alumnus and faculty member Jordan Rockford BFA '00 (Photography); student and Gallery One President Sydney Andrews '15 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts); and Christopher Sharrock, dean, College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts.

The alumni show will coincide with DesignPhiladelphia, the nation's largest city-wide celebration of design being held October 10 – 18;Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a program of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists October 19 – 20; and the University's Family and Alumni Weekend, which will take place October 18 – 20.

"Disconnected" by Crystal Shephard BFA '09 (Graphic Design).

2013 "Making IT" Selected Artists

Michael Barakat MID '11 (Industrial Design)
David Boyd BFA '12 (Illustration)
Lorenzo Buffa BS '12 (Industrial Design)
Samantha Castrale BFA '11 (Photography)
Jonathan Chase BFA '13 (Painting/Drawing)
Marianne Dages BFA '04 (Photography)
Cory Espinosa BFA '12 (Multidisciplinary Fine Art)
April Field BFA '11 (Jewelry)
Regina Flath BFA '09 (Illustration)
Gina Herrera MFA '12 (Studio Art)
James Kaminski BFA '12 (Illustration)
James Lincke BFA '08 (Illustration)
April Melchior BFA '12 (Illustration)
Kelsey Niziolek BFA '12 (Illustration)
Mason Owens BFA '13 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts)
Nancy Gail Ring MFA '10 (Painting)
Leontien Rotteveel BFA '06 (Crafts)
Natalie Rzucidlo BFA '10 (Book Arts/Printmaking)
Susan Seaton MFA '04 (Painting)
Crystal Shephard BFA '09 (Graphic Design)
Lindsay Sparagana BFA '06 (Photography)
Timothy Walsh BFA '07 (Graphic Design)
Shannah Warwick BFA '02 (Printmaking)
George Wylesol BFA '12 (Illustration)
Keith Yahrling BFA '08 (Photography0
Matt Zigler MFA '10 (Painting)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

BAPI Project

So I have a new project via BAPI. It functions like an exquisite corpse, only there are no cadavers involved here. Below you will find a few images from that project as well as a link to the BAPI blog.

Monday, August 05, 2013

This Friday, August 16th....

Friday August 16th, CHER will be slinging burgers and screening videos with the help of Little Berlin

Champions of Empty Rooms (CHER)  has joined forces with the good people at little berlin to bring you a very special outdoor film festival. From 8-9:30, CHER will be grilling up beef and veggie burgers for just $5 from 8-9:30! Two live music acts will precede the screening. One man band Eddie Sids will get the party started with his unique blend of live loops and video collage. Rap aficionado Gavin Riley will follow with his sick beats and unique choose-your-own-adventure style narrative. The main event will feature a number of short films and videos from both local and national artists.

Please join Champions of Empty Rooms for a night of music, food, booze, and projected art!
This event was originally supposed to occur on August 9th (rain date in effect, yo)

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Champions of Empty Rooms...

...doing it the best we can with two openings in two days!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

this July...

You may pick our brains...our Pizza Brains! Champions of Empty Rooms is creating a site specific installation for Pizza Brain's storefront. Pizza Brain is a snazzy pizza parlor on Frankford (in Fishtown) that features Little Baby's ice cream as well as its very own Pizza Museum!

Our project will be unveiled in July; there will most definitely be a first Friday celebration. So mark your calendars in pen!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(no)Hope Artist Talk: Thursday May 23rd

Please join us at Salon 1522 for a panel discussion with the artists as well as a second crack at our Oh So Hopeful Photobooth!

Salon 1522
1522 N. Lawrence St.
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, April 01, 2013

Show Pics!

Please be forwarned---this post contains a bit of artful, partial nudity. If you are under 18, please get the permission of a parent to proceed.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Champions of Empty Rooms--Call for Art

Some of you may know I am co-founder of a pop-up gallery in Philadelphia. Well, ChER is hosting yet a another bad-ass, sad-ass group show. The show will be held at Salon 1522 in May.


Sometimes the world seems kind of, well, screwed. Economic upheaval is rampant, bee populations are dwindling, Earth's fresh water wells are running dry while sea levels rise, and it would seem it's suddenly acceptable to shoot adolescents just so long as one does so in “self-defense.” These factors alone are enough to squelch optimism in even the most fresh-faced youth of today.

And yet, somehow we continue to plan, make, build, and even laugh. We continue to create; acts of artistic creation are about as hopeful as you can get. These hopes range from quiet and unassuming to high flying and grandiose—what matters is that hope remains. Without further ado, ChER Collective invites you to submit work running the thematic gamut, from the most furious and hazy dark cloud to the puffiest, perfect white cumulus onward to blue skies shining on me. {No} Hope is to be comprised of work running the spectrum: from unabashed optimism to borderline Emo-eye-liner wearing-pessimism right on down to Apocalyptic despair.

Here's a link to our call for art on the old Facebook (more application deets can be found there):

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Come One, Come All--to Syracuse, New York?

Join me and seven of my fellow SU graduates (class of 2002, yo) in March for FND 0098: Ten Years Out. Foundation projects and undergraduate work will be presented alongside participants’ current pursuits. One part love letter reunion reverie one part serious warts and all investigation of Freshman Foundation and its viability in the 21st Century. Should you find yourself in the bitter northern climes of Central New York, please stop on by--the show opens March 27th. A reception will be held the following evening (Thursday, March 28th 6-8). FND 0098: Ten Years Out can be found at:

XL Projects
308-313 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(XL projects is operated by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University)

Hope to see you there (bring your boots).