Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Let's hear it for the Internets, the interwebs, the world wide wonder that is the world wide web... I have found more photos from the Kensington Kinetic Scupture Derby on Saturday. Thanks to Flickr user "odhusky," whose flickr profile can be found here, we have documentation of last Saturday's shenanigans:

Here’s John, looking super badass:

And here I am on the back of a tandem, with a peach on my head:
Many thanks to the ever-awesome Matt Shiley who made the peach head (among other costumes, and many of the bicycles involved) and otherwise got us into this whole barrel of monkeys.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This past Thursday I waddled back up to NYC to go to the opening reception for "GO FIGURE" at J. Cacciola Gallery in Chelsea, featuring figurative work by Alex Kanevsky, Sophie Jodoin, Jeffrey Beauchamp, and Margaret Evangeline. It's the first time I’ve been able to see any of Sophie Jodoin's work live and in-person, so this was a true thrill for me. Also, Alex was kind enough to introduce me to her: this was truly like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. YAY. Her work was reeeeeally cool, these particular pieces were in oil on mylar – here's a shot of my favorite:
Naturally Alex also had some stunning pieces, as usual – for example, the following:

Man, I love having New York so close by. But for now, back to Philly and its own brand of creative awesomeness!

Yesterday I spent several hours tandem bicycling around Kensington/Fishtown with a giant peach on my head. John and I ended up joining up with a group in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, dressing up in costumes and riding bicycles as part of the team representin’ Emerald Street Urban Farm. The "farm fanatic" group was dressed in various farm-related garb, with many of us taking the role of various fruits and vegetables. As we rode along the parade route, with me in my giant peach head, I kept hearing people yell out, "It's a tomato!!!" One kid yelled out, "LOOK, IT'S A PUMPKIN!!!" I thought, sadly, I am SO misunderstood here. Clearly Fishtown folk need to become better acquainted with their fruits and veggies.

Anyway, observe said giant peach head below, on fellow participant Nate Dixon. He definitely amps up the psychotic peach factor by wielding a giant cardboard knife. (In retrospect, I wish I had carried that with me throughout the parade. Drat):

John had this great bike with flames on the seat and in the tires, and a peacock mask. Every farm needs a flaming peacock, right? YES.
By now there are probably a number of videos and photos posted out in the interwebs, so take a peek around... here's one with some snippets (I can be seen at about 1:20, look for the giant peach head):
Here's Kennedy (the front half of my tandem bike team), who's ready to eat some giant veggies... aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr
Anyway, good times. Eat your veggies. Shop at your local urban farm. Now I need some time to work on some of my own art projects...

Side note: where did this place come from? Looks cool, but it seems to have kind of sprung up out of nowhere. I love surprises! Thanks, Fishtown.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Asleep through NJ.

I should re-name this blog "" or something, due to the number of bus trips we've been making up to NYC (New Jersey pretty much taking up the entire trip between Philadelphia and Manhattan) and my ability to sleep soundly through every trip. So far it seems I'm taking advantage of proximity to NYC far more than the last time I lived in Philly ('93-'98), so that's a plus. Last night's trek northward was inspired by the discovery of a Recoil concert - only one of 2 in the U.S. on this spring's tour - taking place at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. To explain: Recoil is a band/musical project undertaken since the late '80s by former Depeche Mode band member Alan Wilder. My husband John is quite enthusiastic about Depeche Mode (a vast understatement) and we have 4 or 5 of Recoil's albums... so we had to give this a go. It was a unique event, definitely worth the trip - and John got to say "hi" to Alan Wilder, and thank him for all the great music over the years, check it out: I think that pretty much made John's day - possibly his week, maybe even his month. Maybe more. I, too, got a genuine and substantial thrill out of being in such close proximity to Mr. Wilder, enough to take several frenzied photos:
In short, it was excellent. Back to NYC tomorrow night for some visual art rather than music, to catch the group show at J. Cacciola Gallery... stay tuned for photos. In the meantime, here's a Recoil video from the 2000 album "Liquid" - the song is called "Strange Hours" and features the vocals of super-freaky and frankly terrifying singer and performer Diamanda Galás:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

s p r i n g

Philadelphia looks great in the spring! Let's take a look:
Here's a view of the Delaware River (and New Jersey) from Penn Treaty Park, up here in Fishtown. So soothing! Ahhh.
Roses at Penn. Lovely!
Cool building at Drexel
Flowers down at Penn's Landing, where I went to check out the Art Star Craft Bazaar... gotta support the crafty folks!
I'm assuming this building (on Fairmount, between 4th and 5th) was... maybe a shrine to cows? Haha, probably not. Sadly, probably something involving the dismantling of cows for consumption. Poor cows.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Philadelphie, je t'aime.

Busy times! But now I will take a moment to post some of the loveliness of Philly of late:
Make way for ducklings! Here are a couple of photos from a cute little park nestled away in Penn's campus, which is profiled in this article.
VanGogh would have had a blast painting here…
Groovy waterfall, providing a nice shower for the birds
Giant, semi-frightening koi. Hopefully not carnivorous.

Here are a couple from Eastern State Penitentiary here in Philly:

Not unlike a tree grows in Brooklyn, a weed grows in Eastern State's wall:
Let’s hear a big cheer for Reading Terminal Market for having some young Nubian goats from Shellbark Hollow Farm in West Chester hanging out right outside the market on 12th Street. Yay! Goats! SO cute.
Back in our neighborhood, it seems that Shepard Fairey paid a little visit to Fishtown and left his mark on the side of Rocket Cat. Neat.
More info on this project can be found here. I love that ole Mural Arts Program here in Philly – good stuff. We're lucky to have it... I keep meaning to go on one of their tours. One day soon, I promise.

More pics and info soon! It's busy over here chez Feissel...

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Hey! Just found an article about the conservation of Thomas Eakins' painting The Gross Clinic – which I wrote about in this post - in advance of an exhibition of the painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this July. This is exciting news for me, because it means I'll finally get to see the painting in person – WHOO!! Here's the link to the article; here's a pic of the painting itself, in all its gruesome glory:
Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic