Emoji Art in Philadelphia, PA

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Marjolien Caljouw, Mizaru Mikazaru Mizaru, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Mizaru, Mikazaru, Mizaru” by Marjolien Caljouw

 

This past Friday, I went check-out the latest gallery show at Arch Enemy Arts in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.  It was a pop surrealism show and if that sounds too highbrow, I promise it’s not- in fact, another name for the term is “lowbrow”.  The movement is one of the most accessible art movements in a long time- it may sometimes use a symbolism and other high falutin visual elements, but at it’s core, it’s cool imagery that is either fantastical or might have a sly sense of humor.  Beyond anything, looking at this art is sheer entertainment.

 

The show was entitled “Digital Mirrors:  How Are You Feeling?” and the exhibition was themed around emojis or rather art interpreting them.  As you look through some of the select works from the exhibit you will see the every day avatars of our modern digital, text speak communication brought to life by the hands of several artists.  The exhibit was full of visual jokes, optical illusions, and imagery with wry sarcasm to it.  When you stare at “Forbidden Fruit” it is confounding to stare at- the eyes are out of focus no matter how you look at it.  “Ambulance Chasers” sneaks in all kinds of nerdy science-fiction pop culture references- the car from “Speed Racer”, the hover car from “Star Wars”, and the original Bat Mobile from the old Adam West “Batman” series.  Enjoy several images seen at the show!  The current exhibition is on view until August 30, 2015, check-out their website and make plans to see the exhibit for yourself if you’re in the area.

 

 The “Digital Mirrors” Exhibit

Alex Garant, Forbidden Fruit, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Forbidden Fruit” by Alex Garant

 

Wend Ortiz, Til There's Nothing Left, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Til There’s Nothing Left” by Wendy Ortiz

 

Aof Smith, Would You Like A Smile For Dessert, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Would You Like A Smile For Dessert” by Aof Smith

 

Dilka Bear, Death Is Not The End, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Death Is Not The End” by Dilka Bear

 

Emily May Rose, Crying Cat, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Crying Cat Emoji” by Emily May Rose

 

Joka, Night Consort, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Night Consort” by Joka

 

Hanna Jaeun, Playing Hearts, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration
“Playing Hearts” by Hanna Jaeun

 

Matt Ritchie, Ambulance Chasers, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration, geek, nerd
“Ambulance Chasers” by Matt Ritchie

 

Naoto Hattori, Descent To Earth, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration, geek, nerd
“Descent To Earth” by Naoo Hattori

 

Peca, We Are The Love, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration, nerd, geek
“We Are The Love” by Peca

 

Rachael Bridge, Cyber Love, Philadelphia fine art, Philly fine art, Philly gallery art, Philly lowbrow art, Philadelphia lowbrow art, Philadelphia gallery art, lowbrow, lowbrow gallery, fine gallery art, contemporary illustration, illustration, geek, nerd
“Cyber Love” by Rachael Bridge

 

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