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Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly (installation view, The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch), 2014. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly (installation view, The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch), 2014. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Joy Feasley, worms are the words, (detail), 2010. Flasche on wood, 15 x 20 inches (left). Etched resin on wood, 14 x 12 inches (right). Photo credit: Aaron Igler Greenhouse Media.
Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly (installation view, The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch), 2014. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly (installation view, The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch), 2014. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Joy Feasley, worms are the words, (detail), 2010. Flasche on wood, 15 x 20 inches (left). Etched resin on wood, 14 x 12 inches (right). Photo credit: Aaron Igler Greenhouse Media.
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Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck: A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly

October 2, 2014–Winter 2015

Opening Reception:
Public Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street
 
Past Workshops and Performances

Philadelphia New Art Writing Challenge: Spring 2015
Free Art Writing Workshop: Saturday, March 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas. The best writing will not only address the art in question, but also progress the conversation into unexpected and unclaimed territories. This contest is in conjunction with Philadelphia's first ever New Art Writing Symposium -- a collaboration between the Artblog and The St.Claire to bring together over a month of activities designed to examine, expand and celebrate the state of art writing in Philadelphia.
 
Join Artblog founder, editor, and writer Roberta Fallon at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch on Saturday, March 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm for a free art writing workshop. Fallon will discuss her approach to looking, talking and writing about art and lead participants through observational writing exercises. This workshop will focus on Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck’s exhibition, A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly on view at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch. Please click here for the calendar of events.
 
Shaker Inspired Craft Workshop Series, March 2015
at 1222 Arch Street
Free and Open to the Public

In conjunction with collaborative exhibition A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly by Philadelphia artists Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck three craft events will take place within their exhibition space and guided by Joy Feasley, Kelly Cobb, and Suzanne Maruska. 
 

Create the Spring Equinox with Crafty Bouquets! 
This event is part of the Shaker Inspired Craft Workshop Series at 1222 Arch Street.
Saturday, March 7 drop in sessions between 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 8 drop in sessions between 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Betwixt and Between! Make Your Own Loom
This event is part of the Shaker Inspired Craft Workshop Series at 1222 Arch Street.
Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fabulous Felt! Make a Needle-Felted Mushroom
This event is part of the Shaker Inspired Craft Workshop Series at 1222 Arch Street.
FWM is pleased to announce that this craft event has been rescheduled for:
Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
 

Shake out all the starch and stiffening: a performance of Shaker songs
by interdisciplinary artist Martha McDonald

Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014
 
These 15 minute performances are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 pm
Space is limited; please arrive early for this free event to reserve your spot.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck: A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly, an installation inspired by Shaker spirit drawings and magic, that opens on Thursday, October 2, 2014 with a public reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition, divided into three parts, derives its title from a Shaker name for the Devil—“Old Ugly”—seen in Spirit Drawings, which the Shakers created to describe symbols seen in visions. The first section of the exhibition, in the front windows of The New Temporary Contemporary at 1222 Arch Street, displays arcane tools used to observe the mysteries of nature for viewers on the street. The main gallery houses what, at first, appears to be a faithful reproduction of a Shaker domestic interior, but is in reality a set for an illusionist performance. Lastly, the back room in the gallery is full of baroque color and light along with strangely magical elements, contrasting the front space’s proto-modernist Shaker austerity. Feasley and Swenbeck propose how science, asceticism, and magic are all possible methods of exploring our world, in an exhibition detailing the artists’ fascination with an invisible world that is all around us.

The first two weekends in December, A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly, a collaborative installation, features interdisciplinary artist Martha McDonald who will perform traditional Shaker songs. Martha McDonald’s work features handcrafted costumes and objects that are activated through gestures of making and unmaking, singing and autobiographical narrative. Her practice focuses on site-specific interventions in historic house museums, libraries and gardens where she develops performative responses to each site’s history and its collection. McDonald (b. 1964, Pittsburg, PA) graduated with a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA by Research at Monash University through a Monash Research Graduate Scholarship. Her work has been produced at Brotfabrik, Berlin; the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia; The Joyce SoHo, New York; and in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Prince Music Theater, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. McDonald has participated in numerous artist residencies, including those at Monash University; The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH; and the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

About the Artists
Joy Feasley (b. 1966 in Buffalo, NY), a visual artist, studied painting at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; The Cooper Union, New York; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her paintings are often of intimate scale, and feature vibrant colors and otherworldly landscapes. Feasley’s work has been exhibited at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia (2011, 2009, 2008, 2007); LUMP Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina (2010, 2003); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2007, 1999); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2002, 2000); and at venues in Tokyo, Japan (2004); Waltham, Massachusetts (2003); and Brooklyn, New York (2001). She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2011) and two Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity grants (2003, 2001). She is represented by Locks Gallery, and lives and works in Philadelphia.

Paul Swenbeck (b. 1967 in Salem, Massachusetts) developed a fascination with the macabre and occult at an early age, which has filtered into his idiosyncratic sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installations. He graduated with a degree in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art in 1991. Swenbeck’s work has been included in exhibitions at Adams and Ollman (2013), in Portland, Oregon; Fleisher Ollman Gallery (2011, 2010, 2009), the Institute of Contemporary Art (2009, 2004), Vox Populi (2009), and Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2005), in Philadelphia; and at Walker Art Center (2009), in Minneapolis. Swenbeck is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and is represented by Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia. He lives and works in Philadelphia.