A Body Has No Center: Curated by Ricky Yanas

September 2 – October 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2, 6-10pm

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is proud to present A Body Has No Center, a multi-site series of exhibitions curated by artist Ricky Yanas, featuring works by an expanding list of writers, poets, musicians, activists, intellectuals, educators, visual artists, craftspersons, and non-artists.


“When people usually imagine where the life of a community is to be found, they usually look for it in the center of a community; to strengthen community, planners try to intensify life at the center, which means neglecting the edge.” “Chance events, mutating forms, elements which cannot be homogenized or are not interchangeable—all these disparate phenomena of the mathematical and/or natural world can none-the-less form a pattern, and that assemblage is whatwe mean by an open system.” – Richard Sennet

Ricky Yanas proposes A Body Has No Center as an “incomplete object” in an attempt to open up the idea of the gallery exhibition as a site for “emergent forms.” With a dynamic range of participants, a set of rotating mini-exhibitions in the Tiger Strikes Asteroid gallery and other venues, and a multitude of performances and events spread throughout the Philadelphia area, the project will be defined by a series of non-harmonious moments, events and atmospheres rather than a singular theme, specific space, or particular kind of work. Decentralizing the focus of the exhibition makes possible a space of play and informality where moments and relationships are privileged over the constant and concrete positions, echoing the joyous instability of any singular view of what we are.

Participating Artists and Collaborators:
Gerardine Aldamar
Phoebe Bachman
Stephanie Barrale
Zoe Berg
Marc Blumthal
Ross Brubeck
Mariel Joan Capanna
Andrew Cervantes
Teresa Cervantes
Caitlin Cocco
Shelby Donnelly
Mike Dunican
Adriaen van der Donck
Scott Eastwood
Gina Ferrara
Lauren Moya Ford
Brandon Gamm
Kenedell Hayes
Mary Henderson
Donald Hopkins
Everett Hurtt Brad Jamula
Matt Johns
Naomieh Jovin
Miguel Juerta
Sarah Kaufman
Lead Pipe
June Yong Lee
Vita Litvak
Heidie Mojica
Mark Martinez
Caitlin Palmer
Sarah R..Pater
Haigen G. Pearson
Jen Rickett
Lynn Rosenthal
James Scheuren
Suzanne Seesman
Alicia Simon
Jeffrey Charles
Stanley Wallace Stevens
Erik Shane Swanson
Kayla Wallitsch
Frank Wick

Events and Rotating Exhibitions:

Affinities @ TSA Philly
September 2nd- 4th

Performance by Benaevente
September 2nd 6-10 PM

Voice of the People @ W/N W/N Coffee Bar
A collaborative work by Stephanie Barrale and Mike Dunican
September 2nd – October 6th
Opening Reception: September 2nd10 PM- 2 AM
w/ DJ Set by Oatmier

Intimances @ TSA Philly
Featuring works by Caitlin Cocco, Naomieh Jovin, Caitlin Palmer, and Sarah R. Pater
October 24th-25th

10:14 @ Whitesbog Preservation Trust
Performance by Shelby Donnelly in coalition with “Middle of Nowhere”
September 17th 5-11PM

Fertility Goddess @ Silversmiths
Sonic event and exhibition of work by Gerardine Aldamar, Zoe Berg, Teresa Cervantes, Matt Jacobs, Vita Litvak, Frank Wick, and others
October 8th 6 PM-12 AM

On Touching @ TSA Philly
Featuring works by Mariel Capanna, Andrew Cervantes, Scott Eastwood, Lauren Moya Ford, Mary Henderson, Brad Jamula, Kendell Hayes, Sarah Kaufman,Vita Litvak, and James Scheuren
September 10th-11th

Dispersion and Distraction @ TSA Philly
Featuring works by Marc Blumthal, Mark Martinez, Kayla Romberger, Erik Shane Swanson, and Jen Rickett
October 1st-2nd

Laugh/ Cry @ Little Berlin
Performance organized by Teresa Cervantes
September 30th 5-10PM

Body Talk, Body Discourse @ Black Box (Vox Populi)
Performance/ Discussion with Suzanne Seesman and Ricky Yanas
September 25th 2-4 PM

Hear Here Hear @ TSA Philly
Sound installation by Lead Pipe with sculpture by Gina Ferrara
October 9th 2-6 PM

Reconstructions @ W/N W/N Coffee Bar
Presentation by Phoebe Bachman
October 11th 7-9 PM

Frame/Unframed @ TSA Philly
Featuring work by Matt Johns, June Yong Lee, Heidie Mojica, Haigen G. Pearson, Lynn Rosenthal, and Frank Wick
October 13th-16th

Gallery Hours @ TSA Philly
A performance by Meredith Stapleton
October 16th 2-6PM

Other Events:
A Description of the New World Body by Adriaen van der Donck
Reading and discussion

Ulises Quarterly #1: Active Voice @ Ulises
Inaugural event

Paperwork and the Brittle Skin of Bureaucracy
Reading and discussion

*Please check ABODYHASNOCENTER.COM for more information and updates about additional events.

Participating Venues:

LITTLE BERLIN is a cooperative exhibition space run by approximately 6 people who curate the space using a collaborative, do-it-yourself ethic. Located in Kensington, Philadelphia, members actively pursue community outreach through ongoing projects such as the Philadelphia Book Arts Fair, The Trenton Ave Arts Festival, Baltimore’s Artist Run Art Fair as well as monthly exhibitions. Little Berlin is located in the Viking Mill, a historic textile-mill turned artist space in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia located at Boston St. and Coral St. – enter through the courtyard on Coral St.

SILVERSMITHS is a storefront gallery space run by Kate Kaman and Joel Erland through their studio in Germantown. It is located at 6350 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19144.

ULISES is a bookshop and curatorial platform presenting exhibitions, events, and independent publications on contemporary art, design, critical studies, and visual culture. In October 2016, it will launch as a storefront bookshop and exhibition space stocking a selection of local, domestic, and international artists books and independent art publications not currently distributed in Philadelphia. ULISES will be located at the corner of Front Street and Columbia.

VOX POPULI is a contemporary art space and artist collective that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lecture, and related programming. It is located on the 3rd floor of 319 North 11th Street, in Philadelphia, PA. Artists’ receptions are free and open to the public, and take place on the first Friday of each month from 6-10 PM.

W/N W/N is a worker-owned cooperative café and bar located at 931 Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID PHILADELPHIA is an artist-run space located in Philadelphia, PA and is part of the larger Tiger Strikes Asteroid network, which also includes locations in 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. TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID is located at 319A North 11th Street #2H, Philadelphia PA 19107. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm – 6 pm and by appointment.

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