Creating Mindfully: Philadelphia Artist Julia Fox

Here at APOP we like to recognize people who take the term "moving meditation" to the next level. Philadelphia artist, Julia Fox, is an inspiring example of how art can not only be used to become more mindful of beauty on a daily basis, but also more aware of the importance of community and connectedness. 11224036_10152910831870706_7929759179449673491_o

My artistic practice started as a way to focus. Creative energy allowed me to be content for hours that would have normally been spent getting into trouble or pestering my siblings. Although my art practice has maintained these qualities into adulthood, art-making for me has also become a way to process and understand the society in which I live. My work is meant to capture a moment in the life of an urban structure that epitomizes the state of the neighborhood or city in which it resides. A finished work describes the moment I took an interest in the architecture and slowed down to process my surroundings. My work serves as a connection between myself and the city in which I work, and is meant to take those moments of observation, and share them with a viewer. I intend for them to serve as a reminder of the beauty in the forgotten and overlooked, for that is on my mind during that first moment of observation. In a way the moments of observation themselves can be seen as a meditation and although the physical act of making is what initially drew me to art, the concept and connection to a community or city has become just as important in my mature work. -Julia Fox

Visit Julia Fox's artist website here.

OMG SNEAK PEAK OF OUR SHOW (Day 55: May 14, 2015)

[embed][/embed] Ya'll should totally come to The Starter Kit tonight. The reception begins and 7pm and goes into the night. It'll be super fun! Art (by Kim Jackson, Julia Lauren Fox, and myself), live music, delicious homemade food by the amazing Amanda Troise,FREE BOOZE, etc, etc. It's going to be a blast so ya'll better come! :) Oh yeah and this is a sneak peak vlog. Check it out. :P

HIS BANANA IS THIS BIG!!! (Day 28: April 16th, 2015)


LOVEBIRD PILLOWTALK & @Crowd_Pleaserz (Day 26: April 14, 2014)

[embed][/embed] Crowd_Pleaserz are just that--crowd pleasures. This is the second time I have encountered this cute family of performers and I'm sure it won't be the last. Maybe next time I will see them on stage? Perhaps America's Got Talent? Just a thought @Crowd_Pleaserz. :P

Cuddle up with us in the comments and let us know what you're thinking: Do you think we will look back at our current tech some day and giggle at how obsolete it is? What do you think we will have? Ohhh, I'm excited for all the new fitness trackers/apps we will have in the future! What did you think of @Crowd_pleaserz? Oh man, I guess I have more questions than answers today :P

Philadelphia's First Friday


Friday, July 5th, 2013 was Philadelphia's First Friday! The experience, like every first Friday here in Philly, was great. There were tons of artists and designers on the streets networking, selling work, and just having a great time. There was a flea market and a great deal of gallery openings too! I had the chance to visit Sub^2 Gallery, Pentimenti Gallery, Muse Gallery, Rosenfeld Gallery, an event by Fringe Arts and more.

Sub^2 Gallery had a lot of great art focusing on pop culture and philadelphia. Pentimenti Gallery (my personal favorite) had a great show, "Global Conscious, Local Artists" starring Shiana Craft, Tim Eads, Tim Portlock, Raul Romero, Emily Schnellbacher, and Jay Walker. Muse Gallery curated a solo exhibition, "Diane Lachman: Color Chords" (beautiful works!) and Rosenfeld plucked my heartstrings by including the artist Mike East, an artist who focuses this particular series of works on Philadelphia's urban landscapes. There is a picture above showing me next to a landscape painting depicting some buildings just down the street from where I live...can you say, "excited?!" (Of course, I'm biased because of my love for Philadelphia, but who cares!)

My visit to the Fringe Arts Proposition Tent was even better (literally the highlight of my evening).  The entire summer Fringe Arts installs a red tent and surrounds it's contents and events around a specific theme; this month's focus was love, so, of course, being a hopeless romantic (my secret's safe with you right?) I had to go. Each tent includes a local artist, an international artist, and a non-profit. Unfortunately, the scheduled non-profit for this tent "bailed" on Fringe Arts forcing them to set up a last minute love workshop (we expressed our opinions about love in 2d art AKA markers, wide-ruled paper, and a little bit of our own creativity). On the upside, they had a fascinating work of art by Yoko Ono (Yes, I typed that right!) and had Leroy Johnson there sitting in front of few of his paintings and one of his sculptures. The first thing I saw upon arrival was Yoko Ono's "Grow Love With Me"; I was stoked! Then, I walked into the actual tent and there in the flesh was Leroy Johnson, an extremely well-known Philadelphia artist; I plopped right down and talked to the man. I was able to ask him all sorts of questions and he would shoot an answer right back somehow managing to make my friends and I laugh along the way. To say the least, Fringe Arts' Proposition Tent was a huge success making this first Friday a grand one!

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