Certain Circuits

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Founded by artists, Certain Circuits Magazine publishes poetry, experimental prose, art, and new media. We are especially interested in documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists.

Eva J. Preston-Fulton has distinguished herself as an exhibitor of many artforms. Eva’s mixed media art is recycled materials, found objects, textiles, photos, and torn paper.  She tells stories through her artwork through patterns, shapes, architecture, and construction.

She is a self-taught artist from Philadelphia and a hands-on visionary artist.    Her fashion line “Aanya318handbags” and A “Vance318mens” have appeared on fashion week and runway shows.  Her “Foxy Brown” work is in the collection of Pam Grier (pictured).  She has shown in numerous galleries, museums, and other institutions, including the Philadelphia Free Library, Smithsonian Institutute, American Women’s Heritage Society, the Department of Commerce of Travel and Exhibitions in the Carribbean, and the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.  Eva has received awards from the City of Philadelphia and several from the State of Pennsylvania at the 2012 Women’s HIstory Image Awards.

Dre Grigoropol is an author and illustrator who has been well-received
in the growing East Coast zine scene. She was born in Philadelphia, PA
in 1982, and grew up outside the city in Bensalem. She obtained her
BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. Dre has been studying
storytelling and sequential art all her life, an interest which
stemmed from her love for comics.  She currently publishes her own
work, and has been featured in various anthologies including Zine
Crush, Dangerous Damsels, The Dirty Diamonds, Suspect Device and
upcoming Rock Ink Roll.  Dre prefers to use traditional artist tools
such as quill pens with ink and watercolor, adding to her bold and
unique style.  See more of her work at dretime.org and visit her
webcomic at deesdream.net.

Ewa Maselek
Rajstopy (Installation)
Nylon, thread, wire
Rajstopy contains hundreds of individual entities in an open space, entities that tighten, tangle, and form into a group identity. To create this piece, I hand sewed the miniature stockings, using pairs of standard nylon stockings that had all been donated to the project. When viewed as individual objects, the miniature pairs of stockings are infused with individual characteristics. Additionally, the nylon donors can identify the pairs that came from each of their donations, creating a different sense of individual identity for any given pair. But when the miniatures are brought together, that individuality is lost within the mass identity. In this way, unification causes a shift from representation to abstraction.
This installation depicts the inner emotional state of the physical body, using gesture as a vehicle to depict different moods for different pairs of miniature stockings. The nylons also convey a sense of having been shaped by experience, since their current condition is a direct result of manual handling. But the stockings are also inherently representational of the body itself; by design, they are meant to give the illusion of skin. They function as a second layer of skin, meant to improve the look of human skin by covering flaws. Rajstopy merges the internal and external qualities of the figure with a single medium.

"Mother Goose"

"Deities"

Katrina’s abstract paintings explore gesture, texture and composition. With varying degrees of symbol and representation, the movements give way to stories, poems, and meditations. 

Her most recent series evokes a methodical approach to making multiple works. With an interest in the new casualists and provisional painting, Katrina strives to continue to work hard and explore abstract expression, intuitive painting and improvisation.


Katrina Funk is an emerging artist located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Katrina is a 2010 graduate of Fine Art at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, where she was recognized as an Outstanding Student of Fine Art; 2011 graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Post Baccalaureate Program; and 2013 graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Masters of Fine Art.

Katrina’s work has recently been exhibited at Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, and Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art (New York, NY)

www.KatrinaFunk.com

Born in Gothenburg Sweden, Marion Loippo is an artist with a performance background in elite gymnastics, Dance and Capoeira. Marion studied Fine Arts, Crafts and Design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, USA. There she absorbed attention to form and design in metal, textile and drawing. Four years of art studies resulted in the emergence of fluent lines now associated with Marion’s illustrations, textiles and jewelry.



“ My illustrations springs from a designed space within our human form. An interior place where love lives, peace moves and joy takes a rest, where excitement sparkles and smiles beam “


Balance No.1

Innovation is a good thing to have in life. We need it for the everyday, the ordinary and for the expected. Nature is a visual board of innovation which we can connect with for reinforcement of energy. In this image the figure is in balance because of the awareness of the surrounding landscape.


Balance No.2

Innovation is a good thing to have in life. We need it for the everyday, the ordinary and for the expected. Friendship is a gift which we can connect with for reinforcement of energy. In this image the figures are interacting through innovating moves of balance.

 

COLLABORATION

Poet, author and playwright Terri ‘Nightowl’ Lyons dedicates her work through the echoes of history to educate, inspire and enlighten one person at a time.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, 2010 Black Essence Award Winner, Lyons has completed her first play, Kitchen Table Chat, capturing family and Philadelphia history.

Tieshka Smith: I have been shooting exclusively in Germantown since I moved here in February and pending the approval of external funding, I hope to be launching a spinoff called “Hidden Voices of Germantown.”  These images (womenfolk of Germantown) will be an important part of that series. 
 

A self-taught street photographer currently based in Philadelphia, I make images that challenge prevailing notions of otherness and explore the ways that marginalized people interact with one another and with shared but unsanctioned public spaces.  A Chicago native, I am a graduate of Northwestern University and Keller Graduate School of Management.

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For the full series, click here. High-res
COLLABORATION
Poet, author and playwright Terri ‘Nightowl’ Lyons dedicates her work through the echoes of history to educate, inspire and enlighten one person at a time.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, 2010 Black Essence Award Winner, Lyons has completed her first play, Kitchen Table Chat, capturing family and Philadelphia history.
Tieshka Smith: I have been shooting exclusively in Germantown since I moved here in February and pending the approval of external funding, I hope to be launching a spinoff called “Hidden Voices of Germantown.”  These images (womenfolk of Germantown) will be an important part of that series. 
 
A self-taught street photographer currently based in Philadelphia, I make images that challenge prevailing notions of otherness and explore the ways that marginalized people interact with one another and with shared but unsanctioned public spaces.  A Chicago native, I am a graduate of Northwestern University and Keller Graduate School of Management.

500px:  500px.com/momofthreephotography

For the full series, click here.

ART
Kjersti Faret—“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey”
Depicts the young head of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen, after she was executed and the quote from her executioner as he displayed her head. 
Kjersti Faret is currently a junior at SVA studying illustration. Her favorite mediums include etching, embroidery, gouache and ink. She is half Norwegian and half cat, both of which influence her work greatly. High-res

ART

Kjersti Faret—“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey”

Depicts the young head of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen, after she was executed and the quote from her executioner as he displayed her head. 

Kjersti Faret is currently a junior at SVA studying illustration. Her favorite mediums include etching, embroidery, gouache and ink. She is half Norwegian and half cat, both of which influence her work greatly.

ART: RACHEL BLYTHE UDELL

I am drawn to using soft, comforting, highly textured materials because of their capacity for suggesting forms that feel alive; I think of them as plant-like forms and spirit beings that secretly “know” what I can’t, though they’ve come from inside of me. The resulting organ-like structures are metaphors for a connectedness specifically related to how human beings exist in the world: that a human being is not a self-contained biological organism, but part of an interacting, breathing membrane, transmitting and receiving the stuff of life between social and psychological systems, ecosystems, solar and cosmic systems, etc. We are all made of the same stuff: we are distinct entities and yet we flow, physically and emotionally into our surroundings. My pieces are sentient extensions of myself, a delicate attempt to extinguish the unnaturalness of human isolation. In the face of unspeakable horrors and miraculous wonders, my art is both an attempt to create a channel through which I am able to come to terms with the often polarizing experience of existence, and the plane upon which I attempt to strike a balance between extremes.

racheludell.com

www.gertieslair.etsy.com

ART

Danielle Charette

Danielle Charette is a Contemporary Expressionist hailing from a shuffling between NYC and Pennsylvania. Her work is a form of modern story telling often with a dark skewed sense of humor, meant to convey and evoke emotion in the viewer. She paints tales of love, heartache, heart break, humor and loss, portraits and figures. Charette’s work spans from fine art original oil paintings to art of many mediums, custom made skateboards, murals and merchandise. Her Charette original oil paintings and art have been shown and hang in many galleries throughout the US and continue to sell both nationally and internationally. Thanks for looking.

www.charetteart.com

Melissa MacAllister captures beauty all around her.  She finds beauty in simple things that for others often form part of the background.  She participates in the ritual of taking pictures every day.  Melissa lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and has been a nanny for two girls for ten years.  Her subject matter is often animals, the children she tends, landscapes, and self-portraits.  @melissamariemac

Katie Cloutte: Cherry Popping

Katie Cloutte has been writing poetry since she was thirteen when she
compared her family to a colony of ants. She spent four years soaking
up some much needed poetry wisdom at the University of Richmond before
arriving at New England College. With some erasure books on the
horizon, Katie will add to her few publications. Right now you can see
her work in The Homestead Review and Ping Pong. She is currently
collecting years teaching abroad in addition to some near-death
experiences and the thickening of her snarky vocabulary. http://vimeo.com/user14612931

Aja Beech is a mother of two living in Philadelphia. When she is not writing poetry much of her time is spent organizing against the death penalty. She was a 2010 Leeway Art and Change Grant recipient for her anti-death penalty chapbook Beccaria and in September 2011 was named one of Philadelphia’s 76 Creative Connectors.  Aja was nominated by Certain Circuits for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.

This video was filmed at the 25th Anniversary of the Shubin Theatre

www.shubintheatre.com

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