With only so much space each week, Arts can’t possibly cover all things local and creative. And that’s where these amazing sites step in — click, drool, repeat.
1. Art Jaw artjaw.com
Artjaw features first–person stories from different members of the Philadelphian art world. In a very rare “around the campfire” collaboration between academics, critics, vendors, curators and artists, unfiltered autobiographical snippets about fights with teachers or breakthrough moments accompany a profile photo of each voice. Stories are added bi–monthly.
2. Arslocii arslocii.wordpress.com
This blog presents intellectual musings on art, architecture and design in diary form, as writers explore public spaces ranging from abandoned railways to sculpture parks. They not only review the placesvisited, providing excellent advice for an afternoon getaway (photos included!), but also continually churn out fresh insight on “placeness” and what makes certain public sites capable of fostering human transcendence.
3. The Nicola Midnight St. Claire the-st-claire.com
The Nicola Midnight St. Claire is a monthly forum run by artists to gather Philly–centric essays, reviews and interviews with artistic slants. Sandwiched between commentary is bizarre and brilliant innovation; the “centerfold” unveils locally–produced videos and other works of digital media.
4. Title Magazine titlemagazine.net
What stands out about Title Magazine — new this year — is the photo–essays about the lives and practices of artists who are asked questions in interview form but must respond with visuals. Title also distinguishes itself by appreciating traditional art, but also “artists” who, for example, make old motorcycles work again.
5. Printeresting printeresting.org
Reposting national news (like a printer error that made “I Voted” stickers smaller than a pinky finger) as well as reviewing and previewing highbrow printmaking events and stores, this site covers all things printed and pressed. They’ve even followed our lead with their own DIY section: peeled–potato letter blocks, anyone?