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UPCOMING SHOWS
COLLAGE (WORKS BY ERIC KENNEDY): JUNE 27-AUGUST 22
Collage COLLAGE (WORKS BY ERIC KENNEDY)

OPENING JUNE 27 / 8-11PM
MUSIC BY KNOX STREET BAND

Viewers often have difficulty accepting the suggestive paintings of Eric Kennedy as purely abstract images.  This is owed to the precisely shaded contours and well-defined forms which exist within an ambiguous space and invite observers to make very personal assumptions about the subject. The cloudy, atmospheric foundation is created through Kennedy’s signature layering of wax paper and paint and evolves through many stages—each one a completed painting in itself to an outside observer—before its final realization. Kennedy’s working process has been developing for several years and, along with his innovative use of found materials, allows his work be both complex and subtle, evocative and abstract. The result is startlingly organic paintings, imbued with unexpected colors, and possessing a certain unusual softness and warmth.  Perhaps most surprising of all, the images are actually beautiful.  Kennedy’s work is distinct, achieving an extraordinary depth and range of texture which must be viewed in person to appreciate.

PAST SHOWS
CITYWIDE COLLECTIONS PROJECT BY LITTLE BERLIN: NOVEMBER 23
CITYWIDE LITTLE BERLIN CITYWIDE COLLECTIONS PROJECT

Little Berlin's contribution to Citywide highlights their focus as a curatorial organization and they enthusiastically invite the public to participate in the City-Wide Collection Project. In the months leading up to the November 23rd opening reception at Pterodactyl Gallery, participants will gather and submit objects and images according to a list of criteria, like a communal scavenger hunt.

Bins to drop off collected items will be located at various spaces throughout the city. In addition, curated images can be submitted at the City-Wide Collections Project tumblr page and will be displayed at the opening. Items and images submitted for this project will be sorted and categorized by Little Berlin and displayed in an exhibition at Pterodactyl.

We're excited to see what you collect and think it will illuminate how all of us think about and interact with the physical objects in our environment.

More info about Pterodactyl here: http://pterodactylphiladelphia.org/citywide.html

More info about Little Berlin here: http://littleberlin.org/

Before the opening you can join our neighbors ART/ASSEMBLY for Feedback Loop: a CITYWIDE Postmortem, November 23rd, 2013 @ 5pm. The postmortem will be an open and improvised conversation about the work and programming presented during CITYWIDE. Feedback Loop is an online hub, designed to act as a forum for discussion and commentary on the many CITYWIDE exhibitions and events happening throughout November 2013. The conversation on the 23rd will be based on the most interesting writing submitted to Feedback Loop over the course of the month, and will involve the artists and curators responsible for the work, critics, and the audience. 3245 Amber st, 4th Floor

More info about Art Assembly here: http://www.artassembly.net/

Learn more about Citywide and the participating galleries here: http://citywidephilly.com/

*There will also be a shuttle bus tour on November 16th from 2-5pm. More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9041091147

PAST SHOWS
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER: SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 25
All Along the Watchtower ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

curated by Jon F. Allen, Mary Coyle, Brian James Spies and David E. Williams
Sept 28 through Oct 25
Opening reception Sept 28
Closing reception Oct 19

Opening will feature performances by DENTAL DAMES and JORDAN GRAW with JON F. ALLEN (+ villainous songs from "Mack the Knife" to "Cop Killer" DJ'd by David E. Williams)

Closing will feature movie screenings TBA

work by
Jon F. Allen
Alison Nastasi
Joseph Lozano
Timothy Allen
Meta Faith Venus Zhuraw
K. Malcolm Richards
Rodney Thoms
Jonathan Canady & Suzie Assault Rifle
Mary Coyle

Jes Gamble
Tyler Kline
Menaka Gopalan
Matt Sokolski
Amie Carson
Brian Spies
Avdo Babic
Ana Vizcarra Rankin
Matthew Fishel

David E. Williams
Jim Ether
Thomas Nola
Jerome Deppe
Adel Souto
Aaron Lange
David Talento
Bates
Jon Michael Williams

An exhibition featuring artist's interpretations and reactions to villainy, from the mundane nuisance of people in our lives to comic book & other fiction narratives as well as thoroughly real and dangerous social phenomena. This show will examine alternative notions of dual identity, such as commonly accepted hero/villain dynamics. More info can be found here.

PAST SHOWS
UNNATURAL BEHAVIOUR: AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 20
Animal Show UNNATURAL BEHAVIOUR

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 20//
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 8-11PM
MUSIC BY THE CHAIRMAN DANCES / WOOLY COATS / SIX ACRE LAKE

work by
ANDREW JOHNSON-LALLY
ASHLEY CUBBLER
BRITTA VALLES
JENNIFER HALL

LUCA CHIRIANI
MAREK DANIELEWSKI
NICHOLAS STATHOPOULOS
STEPHAN KRASNER

These Philly-based artists have a profound knowledge of animal and human anatomy, but strip it down and have fun, be it with the materials or the subject matter. They all come from formal artistic backgrounds, but negated all that formalism once they found their own "voice" in their art. This show has a strong sense of self and of the weird and imaginative in all of us. Enjoy.

PAST SHOWS
ANIMAL SHOW: JULY 20-AUGUST 23
Animal Show ANIMAL SHOW

JULY 20-AUGUST 23//
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY JULY 20, 7-10PM/FEATURING DJ SNAKPACK

work by
DAVID MORTON MEYERS
KIRSTEN RAE SIMONSEN
ELEANOR GROSCH
SHANNA WADDELL
KATHERINE PULIDO
SUSAN CRAWFORD
MORGAN BARRIE
JASON DEMARTE
ALEXIS ARNOLD
KATIE VANVLIET
ROBERT KRAIZA
SARAH HUNTER
ERIC KENNEDY
SARAH COOTE
BLAINE SIEGEL
EMILY WHITE
ERIC REMER
Animals become a canvas onto which we humans project our myths, fantasies and ideas, making up our own meanings. Animal Show explores ways in which animals are transformed into such unwitting actors.
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INTERSECTION: MAY 17-JULY 6
Intersection INTERSECTION
an exhibition of art-science collaborations

MAY 17-JULY 6 2013 // OPENING RECEPTION FRI MAY 17, 8-11PM

CURATED BY KEITH HARTWIG

featuring work by
KRISTIN GREY APPLE
BRITTANY DEMILIO
ERIN ESPELIE
KELSEY HALLIDAY JOHNSON

TYLER KLINE
ALLISON LUTZ
ALEXIS KANDRA
BRADLEY PITTS

The work featured in May at Pterodactyl gallery will represent examples of contemporary artists practicing in a collaborative atmosphere of art, science and technology. The work of these art-tech practitioners are not specifically concerned about the use of technology to overcome technical difficulties, or methods of production, but about technology’s ability to create media indistinguishable from experience. Science and technology are used by these artists to investigate subjective phenomenon and challenge objectivity. 

“All art is experience, yet not all experience is art. The artist chooses from experience that which he defines as art, possibly because it has not yet been experienced enough, or because it needs to be experienced more. … All art-world distinctions are meaningless.”  -Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Ed Wortz, A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971

PAST SHOWS
DEMATERIALIZATION: NOVEMBER 3-30
Dematerialization

DEMATERIALIZATION

A GROUP EXHIBITION - NOV 3-30 2012
OPENING RECEPTION SAT NOV 3, 7-10PM

CURATED BY JAMIE PNG

TOBIN ROTHLEIN
BEN WILL
COLLEEN RUDOLF
LEAH COOPER
K. MALCOLM RICHARDS
TED CAREY
TODD KEYSER
ELIZABETH HAMILTON
KRISTIN APPLE
MARIE MANSKI
RODNEY THOMS
BART O'REILY
JASSIE RIOS
BROOKE STURTEVANT-SEALOVER
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IT'S YOUR FUNERAL: SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 13
It's Your Funeral

It’s Your Funeral

September 8 - October 13

Opening Reception: September 8 / 7-10PM
Performances by David E. Williams, DV Nikt

Closing Reception/Movie Screening: October 13 7-10PM

curated by Jon F. Allen and K. Malcolm Richards

featuring work by:
Elizabeth Hamilton / Timothy Allen / Justin Duerr / David E. Williams / Liv Helgesen
Joshua B. Borden / Aime Carson / Bonnie MacAllister / Adel Souto / Carolina Maugeri
Billy Dufala / Jon F. Allen / J. Bates / Brian Spies / Jonathan Canady / Nancy Grimes
Philippa Beardsley / Ashley Wick / Steven Dufala / DV Nikt / David Aponte

Dearly one-day-to-be departed, we have gathered together works of art for this exhibition investigating funerals and the subject of mortality. The contributing artists offer an array of avenues for considering rituals surrounding death. From personal shrines to memento mori, from critique of the funerary industry to communicating with the dead, the works on display reflect differing perspectives on the funereal, staging our mortality through the lens of those still living.

PAST SHOWS
ANIMAL SHOW: JULY 14, 2012
ANIMAL SHOW

Animal Show

July 14 - August 18

Reception: July 14 / 7-10 PM

Featuring work by:
Allison Louise Nitch // Jennifer Rockwell // Caitlin McCormack
Katie Innamarato // Kaitlyn Coppola // Bruce Humphries
Ashley Caferro // Brooke Somers // Darla Jackson
Tamara Suber // Jeremy Golub // Jesse R Lentz
Cait Courage // Erica Harney // Kristen Egan
Hilary White // Scott Dupree // Jerry Kaba
Eric Remer // Jeff Leake

Music by:
Ben Cady
Ted Nguyent
Horse Thieves and Other Villains
The High Five

 

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UNCONVENTIONAL NARRATIVE: MAY 19, 2012
Unconventional Narratives

Unconventional Narrative

May 19 - June 23

Reception: May 19 / 7-10 PM

Featuring work by Kyle Coffin / Clark Mclean Graham / Joseph Leroux

Unconventional Narrative highlights contemporary, thought-provoking works being produced by three distinguished artists in their medium. The exhibition challenges the devices associated with narrative while proving its importance in the contemporary art world. These three artists are pushing boundaries in painting, sculpture, and video, while being conceptually connected through the vehicle of narrative. Exhibiting narrative based artwork is a chance to portray the artists' thoughts and opinions in a public setting. Kyle Coffin, Joseph Leroux, and Clark McLean Graham utilize their experiences in contemporary society as a driving force in the creation of characters, props, and environments that are generally associated with film production. The subject matter is aesthetically manipulated to provide an altered sense of reality through color, sound and structure.

PAST SHOWS
PAPER FORTRESS: MARCH 15, 2012

Paper Fortress: Paper as Fiber

March 15 - April 22

Reception: March 31 / 6 - 9 PM

Featuring work by:
Carol Cole / Jenna Efrein / Alexis Granwell / Karen Hardy / Daniel Hoffman
Lisa Murch / Ellen Owens / Erin Tohill Robin / Mary Tasillo / Bonnie Kaye Whitfield

Curated by Nicole Donnelly

Part of Fiber Philadelphia, Paper Fortress demonstrates the versatility of paper, a fiber form often taken for granted. Working with handmade paper, recycled paper and paper pulp as their primary media, the artists present its use as a traditional support for two- dimensional artwork, but also as a malleable material, soft yet structural, capable of creating intimate artist books and discrete sculpture as well as large-scale installations.

PAST SHOWS
OUR SECRET GENIUS: OCTOBER 15, 2011
Our Secret Genius The Moleskine Project: Our Secret Genius

October 15 - November 26

Opening Reception: October 15 7-10pm

FEATURING WORK BY:
Eric Remer/ Eric Kennedy/Jessica Lowe/Heidi Smith/Helen Bradley/Laurel Casciato/Steve Loya/Juan Rodrigo/Mike Zienowicz/Jennifer Torre/Jesse Rinyu + more tba. (There are a few spots left, let us know if you want to join!)

FEATURING MUSIC BY:
Little Light, Eric N' Eric, and Old Bat!

CURATED BY:
Helen Bradley, Eric Remer, Chris Bradley

More on the project:
This show will give (force) artists to share the ideas, stories, pictures, and drawings that they usually keep hidden from plain view. Sketches, stories, full compositions, maps, diagrams, and any kind of illustrated idea are all legitimate submissions – as long as they are in (or made out of) a sketchbook.

A collection of friends with moleskine journals conceived this idea, however, we will exhibit journals of all kinds (equal opportunity). The intent of this project is to find the art behind the art, the "early demo tape" versions if you will and to exhibit these sketches, journals and ideas — that may or may not be turned into larger more complete pieces of work — my theory being that sometimes, what isn't shown is the best we have to offer. Basically, we'll just be answering the question: "what's in your moleskine?"

For even more info: www.whatsinyourmoleskine.com

PAST SHOWS
CONTAINMENT POLICY: SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
Cubicle Hell
curated by Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Jon F. Allen, and Rodney Thoms

A multi-media event examining the general containment policy that confines, refines, and defines how humans conduct and are conducted through their lives in the early twenty-first century via institutions that bind. From carefully contrived cubicles in the work place and the processed packaged food we consume to the surveillance cameras that record our whereabouts and the psychiatric pills that standardize our minds and wills, this exhibition will explore and explode the categorical imperatives that rue and rule our daily existence.

Opening September 10 8-12 Opening Night Performances by: DV Nikt, Gruesome Twosome (Lora Bloom and Kenny Brown), and Justice League of Adversaries
Also featuring sound man and DJ David S. Aponte

Closing October 1 8-12 Closing reception will feature the films Atom Egoyan's "Speaking Parts" and Samuel Fuller's "Shock Corridor" with lecture/discussion by the curators.

Steven Dufala / Billy Dufala / Paul D'Agostino / Carolina Maugeri / Brian Spies / Dr. Kevin Richards
/ David E. Williams / Ben Coover / Mary Coyle / Adam Simon / Jon F. Allen / Timothy Allen / DV Nikt
Jordan Graw / Joshua Borden / David S. Aponte / Tina Zavastanos / Thomas Micchelli

PAST SHOWS
BIG ART SHOW: AUGUST 13, 2011
BIG ART SHOW HOT AS HELL PARTY

ART! MUSIC! FUN!

SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH // DOORS AT 8PM // FREE

Music by City Rain // Revolution I Love You // New Madrid

SHOW YOUR ART!!!!

FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP CLICK HERE

PAST SHOWS
6/6/6: JULY 9, 2011
6/6/6 6/6/6: SIX ARTISTS, SIX CITIES, SIX CONNECTIONS

Coming to Pterodactyl July 9 - July 30 2011
Opening July 9 8pm-12am Music by Acres of Diamonds
Closing July 30 8pm-12am

JEFF BADGER / CARL BARATTA / AMANDA CURRERI / JOANNE LEFRAK / KATHY LEISEN / DAN SCHANK

6/6/6 is a traveling exhibition that created itself through connectivity. With the proliferation of social networking and technology-based communication, making real connections becomes more important than ever. Each artist in this exhibition has selected one other artist who lives and works in a different community, forming a network of art communities and developing personal connections among artists and audiences. This effort makes introduces new practitioners to each locale and infuses each region with new energy from around the country. Like a chain letter, this process is expansive and like an exquisite corpse, the results are surprising and unexpected. Appropriately for a show about drawing connections, the show takes the drawn line as its subject and features artists from all over the country. The exhibition, in a sense, created itself by means of connectivity.

For more information on the exhibit and it's other venues click here.

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TO-DAY IS ANOTHER DAY, MAKE ART. (ART IN THE GREAT RECESSION): MAY 14, 2011

TODAY IS ANOTHER DAY

TO-DAY IS ANOTHER DAY, MAKE ART. (ART IN THE GREAT RECESSION)
Curated by Steven Earl Weber

Opening May 14th at Pterodactyl Creative Project Space this show addresses several aspects of what it means to be a working artist during this economically difficult time that has come to be referred to as " The Great Recession." The curator and artists have taken a broad approach to the phrase, "Art in The Great Recession," references and interpretations of the theme range from elements and causes of our country's current recession, to the methods and materials artists end up using in response to their economic situation. The works included in this exhibit are all from artists living and working in the Philadelphia area and include a broad range of materials and disciplines.

Participating Artists:
Leroy Johnson
Doug Herren
Abbey Gates
Daniel Petraitis
Steven Earl Weber
Roger Petersen
Jerry Kaba
Stephen Kent
Ira Upin

Opening Reception: Saturday May 14th 8pm-12am
Closing Reception: Saturday June 25th 8pm-12am

Opening night DJ sets by Pace and Mang + EBG III
Closing night music by Your Children is Beautiful / ManorLady / New Heaven and New Earth

PAST SHOWS
ANIMAL SHOW: MARCH 26, 2011
Animal Show 2011

Animals become a canvas onto which we humans project our myths, fantasies and ideas, making up our own meanings. Animal Show explores ways in which animals are transformed into such unwitting actors.

March 26-April 15 / Opening RESCHEDULED to Saturday April 2 8-Midnight
/ Closing Friday April 15 8-Midnight

With work by
Katie Henry // Ann Klicka // Emma Meetz // Darla Jackson // Matthew Lucash
Oranit Solomonov // Amy Scheidegger // Skuds Mckinley
Kevin Galloway // Kristen Solecki // Caitlin Carouge
Sarah Goodreau // Eleanor Grosch

PAST SHOWS
NAKED BEN FRANKLIN: NOVEMBER 13, 2010
THAT OPENING BLEW MY F-ING MIND

NAKED BEN FRANKLIN 11/13/10-12/4/10
Work by Ryan Mulligan, Curated by Maiza Hixson

Ryan Mulligan's art metaphorically captures the mental state of an overgrown teen trying to enjoy the state fair while hallucinating from a spoiled cheesesteak. Depicting random imagery--from roadside attractions to roller coaster rides--the artist renders both real and imagined subjects as disparate props expelled from a phantasmic cartoon.
Ryan Mulligan: Naked Ben Franklin will feature several new drawings and paintings by the artist as well as a site-specific mural highlighting Philadelphia's unique icons.

Opening Reception: November 13th 8 to midnight

Closing Reception: December 4th 8 to midnight

Opening night music by Enter the Rooms / House and Homes / Clean Equation

Closing night music by Mark and the Neiblers / Mon Chou Chou / Noose of Laurels / Northern Valentine

PAST SHOWS
HIDDEN GEOGRAPHIES: OIL, WATER AND BIRDS: OCTOBER 7, 2010
Hidden Geographies

Hidden Geographies: Oil, Water and Birds

Hidden Geographies is presented by Pterodactyl and the Philadelphia Art Hotel, in coordination with Design Philadelphia. This show features the work of Carrie Hott and Renee van der Stelt. Both artists integrate meticulous research into their processes, and the physical manifestations of the research become their work. In this body of work Hott focuses on the use of whale oil in lighting and the subsequent shift toward an oil based society. van der Stelt maps out the locations of oil and water in order to understand the complex systems of human interaction with natural resources.
Read full artist statement

October 7-17th, Opening Reception October 16th 8pm-12am

Opening night music by The Great Unknown / A Cat Called Cricket / A Stick and Stone / Lion Versus

PAST SHOWS
BOYS LIFE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
Boys' Life Boys' Life

Scott Dickson.Sarah Jackson Moore.Zach Martin Rebecca Miller.Jim Zeske

September 11 - October 9
Opening Reception: Saturday September 11th 8p-12a
Closing Reception: Saturday October 2nd 8p-12a

Opening night music by Crills Wilson / Born Pilot / Kill You in the Face

Closing night music by Music by Mariage Blanc / Sure Juror /The Lawsuits / The Heligoats

To achieve your art merit badge:

"With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor."

- Boy Scouts of America

PAST SHOWS
OUR IMPROBABLE EXISTENCE: AUGUST 13, 2010
Our Improbable Existence Our Improbable Existence

by Amy Sacksteder

Our Improbable Existence, presented by Pterodactyl and the Philadelphia Art Hotel, is an exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and photographs by Michigan artist Amy Sacksteder. Her exhibition features work inspired by her recent residency in Iceland, and developed in part during her residency at the Philadelphia Art Hotel. It is through this work, which depicts and distills momentous events and experiences, that she engages the tension between vitality and mortality.

August 13th -24; Opening August 13th

Opening night music by
The Weeds
Small Sur
Sunny Ali & The Kid
STOP!

 
PAST SHOWS
MYSTIC MONSTERS: JULY 17, 2010
Mystic Monsters

by Pat Aulisio and Adam Fergurson

Pat Aulisio and Adam Fergurson's genetically mutated son has risen and with him a new body of work which covers a large range of styles, mediums, and themes. Show includes comics, paintings, collaborations, appropriated advertising, and an in-gallery installation.

July 17th - August 13th

Closing August 13th 8p

Closing night music by
The Weeds
Small Sur
Sunny Ali & The Kid
STOP!

 
PAST SHOWS
BIG ART SHOW: JUNE 26, 2010

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PT Birthday  

pterodactyl's first birthday
come celebrate with cake + music + art

music by
MOUNT JOY
TJ KONG AND THE ATOMIC BOMB
OUT LIKE LAMBS
MONTAGNA AND THE MOUTH TO MOUTH

(more tba)

artwork by
BIG ART SHOW
(CALL FOR ARTISTS!)

for details click here or visit bigartshow.com

***JUNE 26***
Show starts at 8pm
$5 sugg. donation at door
(benefits pterodactyl's upcoming art magazine)

PAST SHOWS
BIG ART SHOW: JUNE 12, 2010

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PAST SHOWS
INHABITANTS: MAY 8 - MAY 29, 2010
INHABITANTS

Inhabitants Release Show May 8th
Come celebrate the release of Pat Aulisio's new comic with an all comic art show with works by Box Brown, Hawk Krall, Ian Harker, and Lance Hansen. Events begin at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Opening night music by Living, Breathing, Singing, Screaming; Major Major; We the People; and Josh Craft.

Closing night music by Cheap Seats; The National Rifle; and Vitamin Cheese.

   
PAST SHOWS
ANIMAL SHOW: APRIL 3 - APRIL 24, 2010

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animal show  

Animals become a canvas onto which we humans project our myths, fantasies and ideas, making up our own meanings. In Animal Show, 9 artists explore ways in which animals are transformed into such unwitting actors.

work by: Eric Fausnacht, Danna Ray, Jen Ray,
Mat Tomezsko, Katie Elia, Katherine Kaminski,
Mike Bukowski, Darla Jackson, Melissa Zetts

opening: 8pm April 3rd

closing: 8pm April 24th

opening night music by: Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, The Josh and Pete Band, SuperGoose

closing night music by: Dangerous Ponies, Conversations with Enemies, Pony Pants

PAST SHOWS
CREEPY: OCTOBER 3 - NOVEMBER 30, 2009

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