Making Art on Germantown Avenue

IMG_6521If you are wondering what’s behind that giant black screen at 6350 Germantown Avenue, I can tell you it’s not a junkyard. Although that might be up for interpretation. The property is the studio of visual artists Kate Kaman and Joel Erland. I stopped by for a somewhat bizarre little visit after the Germantown Town Hall workshop today. The space is open to the public this weekend for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours from October 10-11, noon to 6pm.

As I rambled around the studio, I was excited to see a small mockup of the large scale work The Unseen World, which may have caught your eye if you travel along North Broad Street between Germantown and Center City.

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The suspended illuminated sculptures are on display inside the atrium of Temple University’s newish School of Medicine building and visible from the street. Turns out they’re bacteria! And this is a Kaman + Erland work! The artists worked closely with the architecture and engineering firm Ballinger while creating the piece, which is a signature feature of the building’s public spaces.

Now you know what’s behind the screen. Visit http://ekeart.com for more on their work.

And thanks to Germantown Artist Round Table‘s Paula Paul for the POST reminder, and for handing me a photo copy of the guide page listing all of the studios in Germantown participating! Get to know your neighborhood artists. 

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