Branching Out: Chester County nature preserve inspires Alison Stigora's blackened art

Alison stigora’s art descends like a waterfall into the exhibition space, which is odd because it is comprised of huge burnt tree trunks, seared old fence posts and scorched branches. Her latest and most ambitious piece, “Crossing Jordan,” is a massive installation at the Skybox event space in the 2424 Studios building in Fishtown. The iridescent black wood appears to emerge from a second-story window, pouring into the 6,000 square-foot, former industrial space. A slightly smaller version mirrors the L-shaped installation on the opposite side of the room, making visitors feel as though they are surrounded by the mischievous work of pyromaniac beavers.
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Media: Michelangelo Pistoletto

On November 2, the Philadelphia Museum of Art debuted Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974, a survey of the Italian artist’s varied and complex oeuvre, and Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte, an exhibition of the artist’s current work at his interdisciplinary laboratory. Pistoletto has long used his work as a lens for contemporary society—this includes issues of waste and ecology.
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