INDIVIDUAL GRAVITIES at Tiger Strikes Asteroid PHL

Individual Gravities

Alexis Granwell, Elana Herzog, Trish Tillman

Curated by Alex Ebstein

February 23 - April 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6-9PM



Philadelphia, PA - Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is pleased to present Individual Gravities, an exhibition featuring new works by Alexis Granwell, Elana Herzog, and Trish Tillman, curated by Alex Ebstein. Individual Gravities brings together the works of three artists whose practices stretch between classifications of sculpture, painting, and installation. Dense, rigid materials achieve levitation, while paper, fabric and voluminous structures take on density and weight, rooted to their supporting planes. Conceptual and thematic overlaps subtly weave together an environment that examines material value through a personal and social lens. Reclaimed and found materials are minimally altered, presented as small monuments or added as adornments to constructed surface. While gravity acts as a force defied by this group of work, it also connotes significant importance and points to the three individual perspectives.

Alexis Granwell’s background in printmaking and paper-making inspires the inventive material sensibility and physicality she brings to her sculptural work. Adhering handmade paper to papier-mâché and wire armatures, Granwell constructs assemblages that suggest ruination, artifact, mineral, and body. The tactility of paper forms a dynamic energy in contrast to the inert quality of the industrial materials, which act as both support and remnant. Together, these materials create fragile structures that retain a corporeal presence.

Elana Herzog’s immersive works balance rigor and playfulness, engaging with the impermanence of material matter. She incorporates metal staples that embed and deconstruct found textiles into various surfaces, including gallery walls and mixed media constructions. Herzog uses materials that are non-precious, second-hand, discarded or cheaply mass-produced to consider aspects of entropy, pleasure, pain, attraction, and revulsion. Her current focus is on the global migrations of culture and technology as seen through the lens of textile.

Trish Tillman’s modular wall sculptures combine hand-sewn and upholstered geometric shapes with industrial objects, human hair, rope, and jewelry. Her materials grip, puncture, and drape over each other in meticulous forms, often arranged in perfect symmetry. These works are well-crafted but punk. Tillman’s hybrid creations suggest talismans, fragmented bodies, and ostentatious furniture, questioning notions of ritual, fantasy, and tastefulness



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Alchemy, Typology, Entropy at Fleisher Ollman Gallery // June 8–August 25, 2017


Adam Lovitz, Peter Allen Hoffmann, Alexis Granwell: Alchemy, Typology, Entropy

June 8–August 25, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6–8pm

Fleisher/Ollman’s Summer 2017 exhibition presents three miniature solo shows by three Philadelphia artists. The exhibition title reflects respective descriptors as an entry point to tease out meaning within and across each distinct body of work.

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From Press Release: Alexis Granwell’s background in print and paper-making imbues her sculpture with a unique material sensibility. Adhering handmade paper to papier-mâché and wire armatures, Granwell creates forms that suggest eroded bodies, bodily fragments, and biomorphic shapes—a fusion of Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, and classical sculpture by way of the entropy of millenia. Accentuating the forlorn, Granwell uses a variety of coloring techniques (spraying, spilling and brushing) to suggest lichen encrustation and erosion. Granwell’s organic forms are radically juxtaposed with the pristine, rectilinear, monochrome pedestals of wood or concrete block on which they’re installed. Granwell’s attention to the pedestal as a sculptural object equal in weight to the works that lie on top places her in the company of recent contemporary sculptors (Matthew Monahan, Huma Bhaba, Thomas Houseago, and Lisa Lipinski) who creatively explore the aesthetic function of the base (all indebted to Brancusi). Like the artists mentioned above, Granwell’s work departs from the all-encompassing aspirations of installation art that gained traction over the last 30 years and instead returns sculpture to a discrete entity occupying a more circumscribed notion of space. In dialogue with Adam Lovitz’s paintings that conjure the surfaces of ancient rocks and minerals, perhaps Granwell’s biomorphs are not ruins after all, but scholar stones placed respectfully on oddly yet carefully crafted bases for deep contemplation. In any regard, Granwell’s evocation of entropy through sculptural form resonates with Lovitz’s paintings that explore sedimentation and the passage of time, and the geometry of Granwell’s pedestals pair well with Hoffmann’s geometric abstract paintings.

Risky Behavior at Field Projects

Presented by Field Projects and TSA LA

Carl Baratta, Loren Britton, Vanessa Chow, Alexis Granwell, Erin Harmon, David Humphrey, Julian Kreimer, Sheila Pepe, Brian Porray, Warren Schultheis, Laurel Shear, and Christopher Ulivo

Dates: September 15th - October 29th, 2016
Opening Reception: September 15th, 6-8pm

Field Projects and TSA LA are pleased to present Risky Behavior, a group exhibition that threads together artists from each coast to create a lively visual soirée. 

Tiberio Fiorillio was the boisterous son of an actor famous for his lewd rendition of the violent stock clown Punchinello. Sometime around the 1620’s, Tiberio created a new character, the cad Scaramouche. He was invented from remnants of Il Capitano, the boastful soldier and Zanni, the untrustworthy servant. Scaramouche crooned and swooned women away from their jealous husbands. He knew how to hide in a closet or under a bed whenever one came home earlier than expected. Sometimes he made it off without a hitch and sometimes he was clubbed while scrambling down a trellis. A loveable opportunist and a coward, he made fools and he was a fool.

Freddy Mercury calls him out in “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “I see a little silhouetto of a man, Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the fandango?" Then, “Thunderbolts and lightning”, followed by Brian May’s anthemic solo. Someone, I imagine, is left picking up the pieces behind Scaramouche, little people! Confidence without reason, confidence with cowardice, cowardice with talent.

How to caricature the collaboration of Field Projects and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles? Both spaces are superficially similar operations, forthright and scrappy artist-run, curator-driven galleries. Perhaps a balding Dennis The Menace crossed with an injured Laura Ingles? The match should be fruitful.

The artists in Risky Behavior each in their own way incorporate, embody or feign trouble, doubt and uncertainty. They seek to give something and sure as hell are trying to get away with something.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists. Their goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections, and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. For more information visit their website at

Field Projects
526 W 26th Street, #807
NY, NY 10001

Hours: Thursday - Saturday

Wait For the Echo at Dickinson College


WAIT FOR THE ECHO February 9, 2016-February 28,2016

Dickinson College, Goodyear Gallery, 595 Louther St., Carlisle, PA      

Philadelphia artist Alexis Granwell will exhibit works on paper and sculpture.

Reception & artist's talk: Tuesday, February 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri., 3-5 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m.


Pressure Points at Savery Gallery curated by Cindi Ettinger, Alexis Granwell and Alex Kirillow

Savery Gallery is pleased to present Pressure Points, curated by Cindi Ettinger, Alexis Granwell, Tory Savery, and Alex Kirillov, an exhibition that examines dynamic approaches to printmaking. This exhibition will feature 26 contemporary artists from across the United States whose work is at the forefront of the medium: BJ Alumbach, Katie Baldwin, Marc Blumthal, Victoria Burge, Tom Burckhardt, Deb Chaney, David Curcio, Amze Emmons, Cindi Ettinger, Steven Ford, Rebecca Gilbert, Alexis Granwell, Christopher Hartshorne, Daniel Heyman, Anna Hoberman, Nicola Lopez, Virgil Marti, Sarah McEneaney, Yoonmi Nam, Alexis Nutini, Golnar Adili, Bill Scott, James Siena, Mike Stack, Andrew Spence, and Joe Wardwell. Presented as part of The Print Center 100. On view October 9 – November 20, 2015. Opening Reception: October 9, 6:00 – 9:00pm.



Materialist is a group exhibition featuring the work of six artists at the forefront of exploring the potential of material as subject. Materialist investigates strategies of production that consider site specificity, function, artifact, and redirection. The materials used by each artist create pluralistic interpretations of the objects as they are presented. Resisting traditional classification, the works exist as both ruin and artifact, serious and whimsical, unresolved and rigorous. While maintaining a transformational ambition, the artists create a tangible energy that derives from the investigations and demands placed upon the materials they’ve chosen. From carrying objects on our backs to presenting previously unknown relation- ships between materials, this exhibition displays a full range of work that embodies the Materialist.


Printmaking at AS220

In 2011, I received a private grant to print on the 10' Takach etching press at AS220. From 2011-2015 I made large-scale etchings on my own handmade paper.

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